What is the meaning of implantology in dental care?
Implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. Surgically installed dental implants are gaining popularity as the most modern treatment method for replacing missing teeth. An implant is a perfect solution for those patients whose oral cavity is in a good condition, but who have lost one or several teeth. Using this method, a dental implant or an artificial root is installed into the jaw, and is covered by a ceramic or a metal ceramic crown once it is fixed in place. In the case of several adjacent missing teeth, some of the teeth will be replaced by implants, and bridge dentures with several teeth or an entire set of teeth will be applied on top.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the natural dental root. The implant is installed into the jaw, and over a period of time (3-6 months) it will settle fully into place. Implants are usually installed using a local anaesthesia. Kliinik 32 provides the option of a general anaesthesia for longer procedures. Long-term studies and clinical use have proven that implants are safe, they are not harmful to natural tissues, and they enable attaching different types of dentures.
Is there an age limit for implants?
There are no age limits for implants. However, the jawbone has to be in a satisfactory state. Once a tooth is removed or lost, it is recommended to immediately fill the empty spot with a new tooth. Otherwise, the bone will start to shrink (by approximately 30-50% in 6 months), and the remaining teeth will shift towards the gap, which in turn can cause uneven wear.
Waiting for a longer period of time to replace a missing tooth makes the treatment more complex and costly. A successful treatment involves good oral hygiene and regular check-ups. Kliinik 32 will conduct a thorough evaluation before initiating the treatment that will include clinical studies of the oral cavity, 3D x-ray studies where necessary, and models to be used for dental mapping.