Dental implants

Dental implants have changed completely the therapeutic approach of tooth loss and edentulism in the last 30 years.

The development and appliance of this technology rests in scientific facts from the greatest University Institutes worldwide.

Dental implants are made out of pure Titanium. Titanium has the ability to become one with the bone, this ability is coined as osseointegration.

In modern confrontation of tooth loss the best therapeutic approach is implant placement, versus the conventional bridge that requires healthy teeth to be drilled. An implant can hold the bone as mastication forces that are transferred through it and to the bone stimulate a physiological reconstructive procedure.

When all or most teeth are missing, a fixed denture is always a better choice than a removable denture. But even when this is not possible, a removable denture supported by implants is a much better choice than a conventional removable denture for many reasons:

Improved speech in implant supported removable dentures.

Especially when there are dentures that don’t adapt well, with the placement of implants, there is no fear that the denture will be shifted or moved.

Comfort in implant supported removable dentures.

Implants become one with the mouth and there is no need for support with an acrylic palate neither movement in speech, moreover there is no injury during mastication, all kinds of food can be chewed. Thus, self confidence, socialization and quality of life are significantly improved.

Duration/Success Ratio.

Dental implants may survive for a lifetime when there is monitoring and good oral hygiene and health. Chances of success are 98%.

Who can put dental implants?

Anyone who has lost one,more or all teeth, is more than 18-20 years old and his general health allows for the performance of a minor surgery.

If there are caries or periodontal disease. some therapies should be made prior implant placement, in order to eradicate any sources of infection that could harm the implants.

When implants are not the solution.

When in the medical and dental history there are reports of congenital blood pathologies, uncontrolled diabetes, some immune conditions and systematic diseases.

Another issue that has risen is a patient under biphosphonate therapy, which is common in women with osteopenia or osteoporosis. The disease itself is not an issue (though special approach is necessary) but the drugs are, so a patient which is under biphosponate therapy should report it, and consulting with the patients doctor possibly stop the therapy for some time before and after implant placement.

Attention in smoking is needed since it favors periodontal and periimplant disease.

We are in a time where big operations give their place to as possibly minimal intervention techniques that will reduce surgical stress.

Necessary prerequisite of success is the correct study of each case.

Our dental office is the only center in Greece recognized from the National Biotechnical Institute.

 

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