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Dental Implants

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In dentistry, implants are increasingly used  to replace roots of missing teeth and function much like natural teeth roots and are used to support prosthetic teeth. It is the most durable and long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth for years to come. Implant-supported teeth are stable, aesthetic and comfortable to use (compared to removable dentures) and with proper care, implants have been shown to last for over 40 years.

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Dental implants – what are they and when to opt for them?

Implants are titanium screws that substitute missing roots of teeth and are inserted into the jawbone. Once the implant has integrated with the bone (i.e. osteointegration), an abutment is attached to it. The abutment serves as a connector between the implant and the prosthetic work, which is placed on it to reflect a natural tooth. These are usually single crowns, bridges (connected crowns), dentures or other complex prosthetics used in the All on 4 Smile, All on 6 Smile or 3 on 6 Smile methods.

These treatments allow paients to restore proper occlusion, biting and chewing function as well as to regain their smile and confidence in a painless and efficient way.

Who are implants for?

Implant treatment in dentistry is very often the last resort for patients who have lost one or more teeth, e.g. due to an failed root canal treatment or tooth damage.

When should implant treatment be considered?

If any of the above apply to you, it is worth making an appointment for an examination and consultation at Project Smile.

What materials is an implant made of?

Implants are made of biocompatible materials, which means that the body does not treat them as foreign objects and rejects them. One of the most common types of implants are made of titanium since it is non-toxic, durable and light. This material integrates perfectly with bone and tissues, it is incredibly stable and completely safe.

The prosthetic part, which replaces the missing tooth, can be made of different materials. They differ in strength, aesthetics and translucency.

Crowns are prosthetic solutions used in dentistry to restore damaged teeth on natural roots or to replace missing teeth on implants. There are different materials used to make crowns, and two of the most commonly used are metal-ceramic  and full ceramic crowns 

  • Metal-ceramic crowns (PFM) have a metal core (typically nickel or chromium) for strength, coated with a ceramic layer for a natural tooth appearance. Metal-ceramic crowns are characterised by good mechanical strength.
  • Full ceramic crowns, usually made of zirconium, are characterised by the lack of a metal core, which eliminates the risk of discoloration or chipping of the crown edges. Zirconium has a high translucency, which makes all-ceramic crowns perfectly imitate the appearance of natural teeth.

Treatment using implants at Project Smile

At our Project Smile clinic, we perform a number of procedures with the use of dental implants:

  • All on 4 Smile is a missing teeth reconstruction method using 4 dental implants to support a permanently fixed prosthetic bridge. It is particularly beneficial in the case of bone loss which is often a result of ageing or damage. In situations where the bone loss has occurred, implant placement may be more challenging.
  • All on 6 Smile is a missing teeth reconstruction method using 6 dental implants to support a permanently fixed prosthetic bridge. All on 6 Smile is the preferred method for replacing missing teeth in the upper jaw, where the jawbone is soft than in the lower jaw. The use of 6 implants provides greater stability, especially when the prosthetic work and gravity is working against them..
  • The 3 on 6 Smile is a missing teeth reconstruction method using 6 dental implants that support 3 separate prosthetic bridges, each consisting of 4 connected teeth crowns, supported on 2 implants at each end. It is an excellent alternative to both conventional removable dentures as well as the All on 4 Smile and All on 6 Smile procedures.
  • Overdenture Smile: An Implant-retained overdenture is a missing teeth reconstruction method using a snap-on prosthesis. It is retained in place by a “Dolder bar” (titanium frame), which is permanently attached to the implants. The solution restores occlusion and the aesthetic appearance of the smile. Compared to a conventional removable denture, an overdenture provides better fixation, allows you to reduce the size of the prosthesis itself, which does not cover the palate and thus increases taste sensation and overall comfort of use.
  • Immediate placement of single implants.

Which implants are the best?

Most often, titanium implant posts are used for implant treatment. This is a common choice of dentists because they are durable and are tolerated by most patients. In addition, an implant made of titanium integrates well with the bone and tissues.

Efficient restoration with fewer implants

When using dental implants to restore missing teeth next to each other, it is possible to use fewer implants than the number of teeth missing. For example,  2 implants can act as a support for  bridge made of 3-4 connected crowns ensuring stable reconstruction of 3-4 teeth missing in a row.

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