Dental implants are a popular way to improve the health and stability of your mouth. If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental implant can help you smile, talk and chew confidently again.
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Dental implants can be made of titanium or zirconia. An implant is comprised of three parts: the implant device itself that serves as substitute for the tooth root, the overlying crown or denture, and the abutment, which connects the implant device to the crown, bridge, or denture. Once the abutment is screwed into the implant, and the tissue sutured, it is left to heal and become stable. The implant gets fused to the jawbone after a period of 4 to 6 months.
Bone grafting is the placement of either natural or synthetic bone material to an area where natural bone is not sufficient. During the procedure, the surgeon will take a section of bone from another area of your body (usually the hip) or use synthetic bone material to graft it onto your jaw bone. Bone grafting will require additional time before the actual dental implant procedure can start as it can take up to several months for the graft to create new, strong bone. When only a minor bone graft is needed, you might be able to have the procedure at the same time as the implant surgery. A panoramic dental x-ray and a CT scan will help check the amount of bone available to determine whether bone grafting is necessary for the implant placement.
In combination with bone grafting, a sinus lift may be required: when the bone is added between your upper jaw and the maxillary sinuses (one of the sinuses located near the nose), the sinus membrane needs to be moved upward (or “lifted”) to make room for the bone.
Dental implants are usually not recommended for:
The timing of the dental implants procedure, and the number of visits required, is largely dependent on each individual, specifically on how quickly the implanted tooth and surrounding area heals and if the patient needs bone grafting. When bone grafting is not required, the complete procedure (from the consultation visit to the last one, where the permanent crown is placed) can take 5 to 6 months. When bone grafting is required, the treatment can take up to 12 months to be completed.
Below are the 6 steps that must occur in order to get a dental implant:
In order to determine the best treatment plan for each individual’s needs, the oral surgeon will need an updated x-ray of the patient’s mouth. The surgeon will then be able to evaluate the health of the teeth and determine if teeth extraction, bone grafting, or sinus lifting will be needed for the dental implant. During the first personal consultation, the dentist might also order additional examinations or request a CT scan to check bone mass.
If the natural bone is not sufficient, bone grafting may be necessary. A bone graft involves the placement of either natural or synthetic bone material so that the implant will be stable and secure. Depending on the quantity of additional bone mass necessary, a bone graft can be performed at the same time as implant surgery or in a separate session.
The surgery time depends on the number of implants needed and the overall health of the patient’s mouth. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, surgery can last anywhere from less than an hour to up to 6 hours. The procedure occurs under local anesthesia and is the same regardless of how many implants are necessary. The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. Once the jawbone is exposed, the dentist will use a special drill to create the space for the implant in the bone. The implant is then placed into the jawbone and the gums are stitched closed over the implant. Your surgeon will place a temporary crown or retainer to fill the hole created.
Osseointegration, the process in which the implant becomes a part of the jaw, takes about 4 to 6 months to complete. This is usually referred to as the healing period.
When the gum tissue is fully healed and ready, it is re-exposed to attach the abutment to the implant. The doctor will then take impressions of the mouth to create a crown in a dental laboratory that will be shaded to match the existing teeth. This process can take anywhere from 4 to 10 days. Once the custom-made crown is ready, it is placed over the abutment, and the final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.
Some small bruises and swelling in the gum may occur right after surgery. Patients should avoid smoking and eating solid food until the gums are healed. The long-term success of an implant requires oral hygiene. It is paramount to keep implants, artificial teeth, and gum tissue clean, just like natural teeth. Moreover, it is advised to do regular check- ups (preferably every 6-12 months) to check oral hygiene, and the function and stability of the implant.
Below, the most frequently used brands for dental implants:
AlphaBio: Alpha-Bio implants are made from a titanium alloy, which is extremely resistant and durable as well as highly biocompatible with the human body.
Ankylos: The implants from Ankylos are made from purely neutral titanium, ensuring the highest level of compatibility with the human body. The shape is specially designed to ensure perfect fixing after restoration.
AstraTech: AstraTech implants are designed for immediate restoration and are made of titanium.
Nobel Biocare: Nobel Biocare implants are made from pure titanium and are cold-worked for durability and strength.
Straumann: Straumann implants are designed to reduce healing time and have a taper connection which guarantees maximum implant stability.
The All-on-4 dental implant is a technique that involves a full-arch rehabilitation where all the teeth are supported by 4 implants. It consists of placing 4 implants (supporting 10 to 14 custom-made crowns), either in the maxilla, the mandible, or both.
Similar to All-on-6, the All-on-6 dental implant involves placing 6 dental implants in the upper or/and lower jawbone as a support for 10 to 14 custom-made crowns. Both All-on-Four and All-on-Six implants are recommended for patients who suffer from significant tooth decay or loss, or for those who have low bone density in the jaw area, preventing them from getting individual dental implants.
Here’s what to expect before and after your treatment:
Once treatment is complete (4 to 6 months after implantation)
Dental implants can be costly. If you are looking for more affordable options, top dentists in many countries help patients smile again at a fraction of the cost. Costs still vary from country to country, and prices depend on how many implants you need and what material is being used. To help you make an easier and informed decision, we have listed starting prices below in different countries. Get in touch for your free and personal quote!
Dental Implant is offered in 15 countries
In Tijuana from € 940
In Los Algodones from € 1,100
In Playa del Carmen from € 1,590
137 Reviews in All Countries
December 20, 2019| MDental Clinic Hungary, Hungary
December 13, 2019| MDental Clinic Hungary, Hungary
Excellent!! Am very pleased so far!
December 9, 2019| MDental Clinic Hungary, Hungary
Hard to say, haven’t seen my teeth yet, but the clinic is very profssional.
October 7, 2019| DENTAGLOBAL, Turkey
I am so happy picking me up at airport. So happy and better than my home make me so youngest
August 1, 2019| Dentgroup, Turkey
I am very satisfied
I have 3 implants. It was painless. I am very satisfied to DentGroup International. I am very happy to refer this clinic in Switzerland.
July 17, 2019| Dental Center Repic, Croatia
The staff is professionally and carefully
Dental Center Repic is one of the few dental office where the service is always on the level. The staff is professionally and carefully, but also serene and smiling. Personally, I fixed a couple of teeth and implants installed 3 years ago and I can say that I am still satisfied with done. Strictly recommend to everyone :)
June 5, 2019| Terenyi Clinic, Hungary
I CANNOT IMAGINE BETTER DENTAL TREATMENT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
I CANNOT IMAGINE BETTER DENTAL TREATMENT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! THE BUDAPEST TERENYI KLINICA HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. Dentistry "wonderful" I hear you say? ... No, I am not crazy … READ ON ! Over the last 3 years, first it was me visiting Budapest for treatment, then my wife followed and now other members of our family are contemplating. I have never known such amazing customer service in all my life. At Terenyi Klinica, there was nothing of the "corporate big brother “ ( in and out quick, take your cash, be treated as a number, existing just for profit ) that can exist in this market. I researched the big companies we see advertised in our daily newspapers and on TV thoroughly and eventually came across Terenyi Klinica. This was a small clinic just 30mins drive outside of Budapest, in a very calm setting, BUT the most important recommendation of all was the quality and experience of Agnes Terenyi and her staff. Please read her CV online. This lady’s qualifications are excellent and her experience is outstanding. Agnes’s experience with Implants / Bone Grafts & Sinus Lifts, is amazing .. she alone has personally carried out in excess of 8,000 implants !!! ... would not you want an experienced practitioner like this to treat yourself ? The Terenyi Team treat you like a friend, are gentle, kind, helpful, incredibly skilful and leave you thinking you are part of a family. I personally had every tooth in my mouth replaced and a few more added ... the price was one third the price of the quotes I received in England ! My trips have all been exceedingly well planned .. you are picked up from your hotel / airport and taken backwards and forwards to the clinic by their personal driver - no stone is unturned. I am now retired, and have told the team at Terenyi Klinica that I am happy for them to put prospective clients needing advice on any aspect of my own Dental Tourist experience, in touch with me ...
June 5, 2019| Terenyi Clinic, Hungary
the treatment I was given was excellent
Dr Agnes is a super dentist, the treatment I was given was excellent and even though I had complete mouth implants the treatment was much easier than I expected. A huge amount of care was taken to get the result I wanted, and I have received many compliments about the natural look of the implants. I would recommend this clinic.
May 21, 2019| Dentapoint, Turkey
We would like to thank Ali Kilic and Dentapoint here
Because of my mother's implant treatment at high prices in the Netherlands, we think we will do both a vacation and an implant. We got more excited that Ali Kilic was there, and we started to meet each other. The ashes went well, the same as the first ashes, my mother's teeth were pulled. The next day my mother got her implantateinin right away, and she had little or no trouble 4 months later we were there again and got her permanent teeth and are super satisfied with it. We would like to thank Ali Kilic and Dentapoint here !!
May 20, 2019| DENTAGLOBAL, Turkey
Bessere Qualität und Service als zu Hause