What are dental implants?
An implant is an artificial dental root made from Titanium, which is implanted into the jaw through a surgical operation and which keeps the artificial tooth or teeth firmly in position. The dentures and bridges fixed by the implants do not move in the mouth which is an important advantage during eating and speech. This safe fitting gives a more natural feeling.
Who performs the implantology in Joob Dentistry?
Several dental specialists may treat you if you get an implant. A dental surgeon inserts the implant. The prosthetic specialist or the general dentist prepares crowns, bridges or dental prosthesis. The surgeon is in control of the team, and they make a decision together about the type, number and place of the implant. All of our doctors are practised, the dental surgeon is Arpad F. Joob (Master of Implantology).
What kind of implant systems are used in Joob Dentistry?
In our surgery we use Nobel (www.nobelbiocare.com) and Straumann (www.straumann.com) implant every day, but our specialist are also practised in other systems.
Who can get an implant?
The patient is ready for an implantation if he or she is in good health, has good oral hygiene and possesses sufficient bone substance. During the preliminary examinations, the therapist informs the patient about treatment and surgery procedures and the planning of prosthetic dentistry. There are illnesses when you have to despair the opportunity of implantation temporarily or for good (for example severe diabetes or chronic inflammation).
What kind of examinations are required to decide whether the patient is suitable for dental implantation or not?
When consulting someone to find out more about dental implants you will be expected to answer detailed questions concerning your medical history and there will be a complete examination of your mouth and remaining teeth to discover the nature and extent of any current dental problems. X-rays or a CT-scan is also taken. Sometimes models and photos will also be needed so that these can be examined after your visit.
As described earlier, establishing good basic dental health is a key stage in any treatment plan. At this first appointment you should be made aware of which problems are urgent, and what treatment is required to stabilise any gum or tooth related problems.
What are implants made of?
Today, most dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that has special qualities that make it useful for this purpose. Titanium develops a thin film on its surface that protects it from corrosion. It is resistant to acids, salt solutions and oxygen, among other things. Titanium also is almost completely nonmagnetic and is extremely strong for its weight.
Perhaps most important, the body does not reject titanium implants as foreign objects. When implants are placed in bone, the bone grows around the implant in a process called osseointegration.
Well maintained implants placed into adequate bone can be expected to last for many years and probably for your lifetime.
When is bone-build up needed?
To determine if you have sufficient bone substance, we need to perform preliminary examinations. If you do not have sufficient or healthy bone substance than bone replacement has to be made to make the implantation successful. The bone replacement and the implantation may happen simultaneously, but your specialist can decide if the bone build-up should be performed first, and then you have to wait till recovery before the implant is inserted. During the recovery time, you can also wear your dental prosthesis or bridge without any problem.