Dental Implant Surgery - What to expect
Your first appointment will be as soon after your arrival in Heviz as possible. Professor Szabo will greet you personally and then proceed to make a full clinical and radiological examination of your mouth.
The Professor will then talk through the different stages of your treatment with you. He will schedule your remaining appointments throughout you stay.
If at this stage you feel you want to withdraw from treatment you are free to do so and your only financial obligation will be the cost of any x-rays.
Having teeth restored using dental implants is a two stage process. The implant is an artificial root that is set into the jaw bone. Once in place it must be left the 'heal' for between 4 - 6 months before the new crowns can be attached.
The actual implant operation is carried out under local anaesthetic together with a highly effective sedative. Most patients sleep during the operation but some stay awake. What you can be sure about is that you will feel neither pain nor any anxiety throughout the operation.
We are meticulous about hygiene during the implant operation maintain very strict protocols to ensure there will be no infection.
The Professor will open the gum at the site of the implant and, using a low speed drill will make a hole in the jawbone. The implant is screwed into place. A temporary healing cap is placed in its centre. The site of the implant is closed and sutured.
When the operation is complete you will be driven back to your accommodation so that you may rest. You will also be given a course of antibiotics to take as a further guard against the possibility of infection.
You will see the Professor again over the next few days and he will make post-operative to ensure the wound heals properly.
From this point in time it will be between 3 - 6 months before your new crowns can be fitted. Depending on how many teeth are being restored and which teeth they are you may need a temporary denture(s) to wear in the meantime. Impressions will be taken and any temporary dentures fitted before you leave.
This completes the first phase. A healing period now follows. This is necessary so that the living bone can 'ossify' around the implant so that the anchor is really 'set' in place and better able to withstand the pressures exerted on it once the crown is attached.
After three / six months the second phase can begin. First the Professor makes a small opening in the gum to uncover the implant. The healing cap is removed and an 'abutment' or post is screwed into the implant. Impressions are taken of your teeth and gums. These are then sent to the lab where the new crowns or the bridgework is made to your exact measurements.
When the lab has completed its work the Professor Szabo will fit the new crowns or bridge. Again, this is a quite painstaking process as your new teeth are adjusted to give the optimum bite.
The Professor may well want to see you the next day, after you have had some time to get used to your new teeth so that final adjustments can be made.
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Implantation is carried out with local anaesthetic together with oral sedation. You will therefore feel neither pain nor anxiety during the procedure itself.
You should expect some soreness together with some swelling and bruising following the operation, this will be easily controllable with normally available pain relief. After two or three days the swelling and bruising will abate and you should feel no further discomfort.