Heavy smoking interferes with the body’s successful reception of transplants by limiting blood flow and oxygen supplies, and halting the immune system. Decreasing or quitting smoking altogether is a necessity for properly anchoring dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial root for a tooth. Made of titanium, it is installed in the jaw to replace a missing root, and serves as the base for structuring a permanent tooth. The implant is not felt in the mouth, and its existence is most commonly completely forgotten. Dental implants can replace one or more missing roots.
When are dental implants recommended?
1. To fill spaces caused by missing teeth without any damage to adjacent natural teeth.
2. Several implants to replace removable dentures
By inserting several implants in key positions where teeth are missing, a permanent bridge can be structured to replace the insertable/removable denture.
3. Toothless jaw
4. Supporting an existing denture with implants
Implants – The Procedure
The procedure comprises three phases: inserting the implant, exposing it, and rehabilitation based on the implant.
Phase 1 – Inserting implants
The Periodontist will insert a titanium implant into the jaw bone under localized anesthetic. This procedure is painless and similar to standard surgical treatment. Inserting the implants may take anything from a half hour to several hours depending on the number of implants needed. Once this procedure is completed, the assimilation process commences. It can last from 3 to 6 months during which time periodic checks are conducted. This is when the bone cells develop, surround the implant, and connect to it.
Phase 2 – Exposing the implants
When your Periodontist determines that assimilation is complete, the implant will be exposed through a minor surgical procedure. This process allows the implant to project above the gums, readying it for the next stage.
Phase 3 – Installing the rehabilitative crown
This phase is handled by a dentist who will install the crown and/or bridge onto the implants. Implantation, exposure, structuring and crowning are implemented by the dentist handling your treatment.
The advantages of implants
The most effective solution for lack of teeth is implantation, for diverse reasons:
Aesthetics Implants cannot be seen. They hold the crown strongly. The implant also prevents future osteoporosis of the kind common when using removable dentures.
Preserving adjacent teeth The adjacent teeth are not damaged, as is the case with conventional dentures which require shaving down of otherwise perfectly healthy teeth for the sake of attaching the denture.
Comfort, confidence, quality of life Our smile is our social entrance card. Implants are not only comfortable, but restore confidence and quality of life. Implants let you speak, eat and smile without any trepidation, boosting your self confidence in social situations, and enhancing your quality of life.
Dependability The implant method is highly dependable, with a success rate of over 96 per cent. Our center has been dealing in the field of implants since 1985. The method is no longer experimental, but has proven itself over the years, with thousands of satisfied patients. All our implants are guaranteed for 7 years.
Who is best suited to receiving implants?
If you are satisfied with your removable dentures and do not suffer from any after-effects, you do not need implants. Prior to starting work on implants, the Periodontist will question you about your general health, will examine you, and decide if you are a suitable candidate for implants by checking your x-rays. Several elements are taken into account: general illnesses, quantity and quality of your jaw bone, untreated gum diseases, heavy smoking, and general oral hygiene. In some instances surgical intervention will be recommended as a first step, to graft bone that will bring the jaw to the standards needed for dental implants. At this point, the Periodontist will contact your regular dentist to prepare a treatment plan involving both of them cooperating fully.
1. The “teeth in one day” or “immediate loading” method
What does it depend on?
Specific anatomical conditions such as quantity and quality of jaw bone * Size of implants – length, diameter, shape * Number of implants being done – to ensure rehabilitative stability * State of health – such as whether the patient is a smoker * Type of bite * The complexity of the treatment * Pre-treatment preparation by the regular dentist * If this method is possible, we will suggest it to you.
2. Computerized surgical guidance / Navigation system
Main advantages include:
Our clinic has been fully trained in use of this program and is thoroughly conversant with providing this service.
3. “All on 4” technique
Clearly, only very few cases are suited to this procedure, which should not be considered normative.
Immediately following implant procedures, you must eat only soft cool foods. If you normally insert a denture, you will be instructed not to insert it until the stitches are removed from the implant area. The day after the implant procedure, you must wash your mouth with a rinse as recommended by the Periodontist, and brush your teeth normally. The Periodontist will also recommend an appropriate antibiotic for a certain number of days. Stitches are removed approximately 10 days later. At this appointment, if you normally insert dentures, you will be referred to the dentist who will ensure they are re-adapted to the altered state of your gums. Should your temperature rise, or the implant area bleed, or if you continue to feel pain in the jaw despite taking painkillers, or in cases of any other non-normative phenomenon, please call the center. Emergency numbers appear on the post-implant instructions flyer.
We recommend asking our office for the list of side effects, possible complications and clarifications relative to implants. In accordance with Ministry of Health regulations, you will be required to complete and sign a declaration that you have received all information concerning the treatment you are about to undergo before implantation will be performed.
Moria Periodontal Center uses implants produced by the leading international companies with many years of R&D. The choice of implant is made by a specialist in conjunction with the patient’s general dentist. Using implants from world famous producers ensures product quality and the ability to receive quality reliable service worldwide. The choice of implants is large – in type, size, diameter, length, casing, etc – but at Moria Periodontal Center, the most appropriate will be chosen for your jaw. We are not interested in competing or comparing with treatment plans prepared in other clinics. The plan we will recommend is, in our view, the one most suited to your specific parameters and our uncompromising quality, and we remain committed to, and responsible for, our decision.
Implants are the most accepted and recommended treatment of all possible options. The implant offers a permanent solution geared to last a long time. The number of implants will depend on current oral status and the required rehabilitative procedures. Even if a problem arises some years later, the procedure can be reworked. The procedure’s success depends on full cooperation between the specialist Periodontist, your regular dentist, and you, the patient. Moria Periodontal Center’s staff will be happy to provide you with additional information about implants and answer any questions that arise during the various procedural stages.