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implants   the best solution for missing teeth

Modern dentistry has developed some of the most impressive and up-to-date medical solutions for missing teeth in the form of dental implants. Long-term studies of dental implants show that most implants have been functioning successfully for 30 years or more. The successes will be influenced by factors related to general health, smoking, tooth grinding, etc. Another major factor is how well you care for the dental implants. It is critical that you maintain good home care and professional hygiene care to maximize the life of your implants. A dental implant is a special surgical grade titanium post, manufactured to highly precise specifications, that is inserted surgically into the jawbone below the gum surface. Implants serve as anchors for the replacement of missing teeth. They can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.. Missing teeth can be a serious problem as the support structure of your jaw begins to deteriorate. Implants stop that deterioration.. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Without a dental implant, the two adjacent teeth to the missing teeth must be filed down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants eliminate the need to modify natural teeth. Dental implants are the most comfortable, predictable and long lasting method of missing tooth replacement. The surgical placement of dental implants causes only minor discomfort similar to having a tooth removed. Post-operative discomfort is controlled with the use of prescriptions. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. If the quantity or the quality of the bone was poor and bone grafting procedure or sinus lift procedure was performed, the waiting period could be a bit longer - 6 to 12 months. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics. After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your oral surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Then, we will be able to begin making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

sedation   change your views on dentistry while you sleep

Sedation dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures.

If you

• are afraid to go to the dentist or have had bad experiences in the past,
• have bad gag reflex or a low pain threshold,
• hate the sounds, smells and tastes associated with dental care
• would just simply like to accomplish all of your care in as little as one appointment,

Sedation dentistry is the answer.

It can change your life and your views on dentistry in a matter of a few hours… while you sleep. Before the treatment our anaesthesiologist will examine you thoroughly to check your blood pressure, blood sugar limit and your regular medicines, as well as explaining the whole procedure. A small injection will make you relaxed and you will inhale a combination of nitrous oxide with pure oxygen through a nose mask. Nitrous Oxide, N2O, also called laughing gas, is a colourless gas with pleasant, sweetish odour and taste, which when inhaled produces insensibility to pain. Our anaesthesiologist will be in the room with you during the whole procedure, giving full attention to your safety and comfort. Your blood pressure, pulse, heart tracing, and blood oxygen level will be monitored closely. You will be in a deeply relaxed state, yet remain responsive to the dental team and you should feel no pain during the treatment. Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever. Sedation allows you to overcome your dental phobia and to relax while we perfect your smile.

sinus lift   to give place for implants

Sinus lifts have become common over the past 15 years as more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. A sinus lift, sometimes called a sinus augmentation is a type of surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars to make it taller. This is necessary as a number of factors can diminish the bone height to a lower level than that required for a dental implant. The bone is added between your jaw and the membrane of the maxillary sinuses. The maxillary sinuses are found behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. They play an integral role when breathing, speaking and smelling. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane must be moved upwards or ’lifted’. A sinus lift is necessary when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed. to be placed. If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the sinus augmentation is performed first. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed. The procedure itself is not more than thirty minutes and thanks to the modern anasthetics you don’t recognise any pain during the whole treatment.

overdenture   the fixed removable prosthesis

An overdenture is a special type of dental prosthesis in that when placed in the mouth, it functions as a fixed restoration (ie. bridge). You can smile, speak and eat normally (yes, you can even bite into that juicy apple), but for cleaning you need to remove it like a removable prosthesis. Overdentures can be used with your own teeth as well but we mainly use them with implants.

In the case when

• the bone loss is huge and not enough for inserting as many implants as we need for fixed restoration
• the patient doesn’t want to have extensive and expensive bone grafting procedures to win enough bone for implantation (ie.from the hip) but doesn’t like the removable prosthesis,

the overdenture gives the best solution.

For the overdenture we need four to six implants (or natural teeth) and after the healing period which is four- six months depending on the quality and quantity of the bone we can begin to make the superstructure which takes about two weeks. An overdenture can offer a great improvement in your life replacing your old-fashioned removable partial or full denture. Because it is palatal-free you can taste the foods again, you can speak, smile, and eat without worrying about the sliding dentures. You can jump up at your will shouting GOAL!!! without the fear of having your denture on the floor in the next moment. Please check our gallery for pictures.

aftercare   the healing period

After operation you have our aftercare leaflet which explains in detailed manner what is the best way for the quickest regeneration.Following the instructions will insure a full and speedy recovery. Here we would like to give you a short notice about what to do after operation:

• to further healing - REST
• to minimize swelling and discomfort - ICE
• to ease the pain - MEDICATION
• pay attention to MOUTHCARE
• watch your EATING habits
• keep up your FLUID levels
• do NOT CONSUME ALCOHOL while on pain medication
• we strongly advise NOT SMOKING after surgery