Reviewed by Karolina Kownacka, MD, PhD
Table of contents
- 1 What are dental implants?
- 2 Are dental implants safe?
- 3 What is implant made of?
- 4 Can I have allergic reaction to implants?
- 5 Is implantation painful?
- 6 Will I feel pain after the visit?
- 7 What is the durability of implants?
- 8 Is there a guarantee for implants?
- 9 Will I need to have a bone graft?
- 10 May I have implants if I smoke?
- 11 How long does the implantation treatment last?
- 12 When can I go back to work after treatment?
- 13 How long does it take to install the implant?
- 14 Can I have tooth extraction and implant placement on one visit?
- 15 Will I be without a tooth during the healing time?
- 16 Can I be too old or too young for implants?
- 17 Is it possible to replace all teeth with implants?
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial imitations of your natural teeth root. They are made of titanium and their role is to attach dental bridges or crowns to the jawbone. Once they are anchored they are covered by the visible elements that serve as your teeth.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are totally safe. Our clinics use state-of-art methods of implantation that are non-invasive. This modern kind of treatment allows over 99% of our patient for a successful integration of the implants in the jawbone. For many years our surgeons are putting the effort in improving services to meet your expectations in the best way and to provide as safe procedures as it is possible.
What is implant made of?
Nowadays, most popular dental implants are made of titanium due to the fact that it is a material highly acceptable by the human body (almost 99% of people can have titanium implants).
Can I have allergic reaction to implants?
There is no need for you to take any allergen testing before the implantation. That is because that titanium is highly biocompatible, what means it does not cause any allergic reaction and is accepted by the body.
Is implantation painful?
Most of our patients consider the process of implantation as a way less painful than root canal treatment. What is more, it is performed under local anesthesia. That means you will be conscious but unable to feel what the dentist does. There is also a possibility for you to ask the surgeon for general anesthesia if needed.
Will I feel pain after the visit?
It is normal that the gums are a bit sensitive right after the surgery. That sort of discomfort usually gradually fades away as the gums are healing. Most of our patients feel relief already the day after the surgery.
What is the durability of implants?
Dental implants are the most durable way of full jaw restoration that is known nowadays. This kind of treatment can last for a lifetime if a proper hygiene and care of mouth is performed.
Is there a guarantee for implants?
The guarantee for the implants if always provided. The duration of it is different if it comes to various brands chosen. It is always at least 10 years, or more. Most producers give a guarantee that lasts a lifetime.
Will I need to have a bone graft?
If you have lost your teeth long time ago the bone may gradually disappear as it has nothing to carry. Due to that, in some cases, the bone graft is required before the implantation. On the first appointment, the dentist will examine your x-rays and can perform the bone graft, if it is needed. Then, he may start the implantation process straight away.
May I have implants if I smoke?
Smokers are exposed to complications in the healing process. That process is crucial as if the gums are not recovering properly it might have a negative effect on the general durability of the implants.
How long does the implantation treatment last?
You would be asked to come to Poland twice as the whole treatment is performed in 2 stages. During the first one, implants installation is performed. It may take from 2 to 3 working days. Then, the healing time is needed and it lasts 3-6 months. After that period you come back to Poland for the second step of the treatment. It usually takes 5 to 7 days. Once the implants are covered with permanent crowns your treatment is done.
When can I go back to work after treatment?
There are no contraindications for coming back to work the day after the surgery. However, the dentist may advise you not to push yourself physically.
How long does it take to install the implant?
Typical implantation procedure lasts from 30 to 60 minutes. However, that time may be a bit longer if any other dental issues will occur, for example, bone graft.
Can I have tooth extraction and implant placement on one visit?
Generally, it is necessary to wait with implants installation for least 3 months after the extraction. However, there is also possible to do it at one appointment. That is due to the fact that once the gums start to heal it is not advised to interrupt the process with further treatment before they are strong enough to cope it.
Will I be without a tooth during the healing time?
During the first stage of the treatment, the implantologist usually attaches temporary crowns to the implants, so you will be able to speak and eat normally. Once the healing time is over he exchanges it into temporary crowns.
Can I be too old or too young for implants?
It is not advised to perform dental implants for patients who are under 18 since the bone and dental structure is not fully developed and may still change. Except for that requirement of being over 18, there are no contraindications on the issue of the age.
Is it possible to replace all teeth with implants?
It is possible. This kind of treatment is commonly known as so-called ‘ all-on-4’ or ‘all-on-6’. Depending on the necessity, the dentist may install 4 or 6 implants and cover it with a permanent bridge. It is considered to be the most durable and effective solution for patients with significant teeth loos.
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