Dental Implants are a safe and reliable way of fixing dentures, bridgework or crowns into your jaw. Once set the implant fuses with the bone to provide a solid anchorage point. The implants are made from titanium. They have a threaded exterior and a hollow interior into which a screw or abutment is fixed. The implant performs the same function as the root of a natural tooth.
A set of conventional dentures is certainly much cheaper than implants however, denture wearers often report difficulties.
Dentures can slip causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants mean you can speak without the worry about this. Slipping dentures can also make chewing difficult. Dental implants are just like your own teeth. You will be able to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain.
Unlike removable dentures dental implants never come out. You clean them in exactly the same way as natural teeth and never need to use messy adhesives.
Dental implants are very durable and with care will last a lifetime. Above all they give you the opportunity for the smile you always wanted. Implants will give a great boost to your self confidence.
There are very few medical conditions that make having dental implants inadvisable. However bone loss is something that can increase costs. We loose bone as the result of loosing teeth or periodontal disease.
We have techniques to deal with bone loss but if we have to undertake grafting or guided bone regeneration then that would cost extra. Alternatively navigated implantation & the "All on 4" technique are really effective ways of coping with bone loss. Even if you have been told you have insufficient bone for implants we can usually help
Periodontal disease is probably the most common complication we face in setting an implant. If disease is allowed to enter the jaw bone at the implant site then implant failure is probable. When periodontal disease is a factor we need to treat and eradicate it first.
Similarly smoking is something that has been shown to play a significant part in the failure of dental implants. We must therefore insist that patients quit the habit before attending of implantation.
The success of each Dental Implant is largely related to the skill of the Dentist who places it. Prior to operating it is essential to assess the quality and quantity of the bone at the intended site of the implant.
Excellent oral hygiene following implantation is crucial for continued success of the implant. Smoking has been found to be a major factor in causing Dental Implants to fail. Several studies have found the 5 - year success rate of implants to be between 75-95%. Our own success rate is well above this average.
Dental Implants should be held tightly in place by the surrounding bone. If there is any movement between the implant and the bone it will have failed. Although dental implants do not get dental caries the area surrounding the implant can become infected. This may lead to a loss of supporting bone and loosen the implant. This is most likely to happen with smokers and those with poor oral hygiene.
Implant sometimes fail because of poor positioning at the time of surgery. This is why it is important to go to an experience implantologist.
There are no medical conditions that make dental implants impossible. There are however some circumstances when we may advise against an implant: Uncontrolled type II diabetes is a condition that causes concern as healing following any type of surgery can be delayed due to poor circulation.
Of prime importance is the height / depth of bone available. It is essential there is sufficient to accommodate the implant an hold it securely. Where there is insufficient bone available it may be necessary to undertake additional enabling procedures such as Dental augmentation and / or a sinus lift.
The skill and experience of the dentist undertaking this procedure are key considerations. Prof Dr. Szabo is an extremely well qualified and experienced dental surgeon who has not only practised these procedures over many years, but has also researched and trained many student dentists as well. It would be hard to find more capable hands to undertake your dental implants.
Your first appointment will be as soon after your arrival in Heviz as possible. Professor Szabo will greet you personally and then make a full clinical and radiological examination of your mouth.
The Professor will talk through the different stages of your treatment. He will schedule the 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 dental implants is a two stage process. The implant is an artificial root 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. However you will usually have temporary crowns during this time.
The actual implant operation is carried out under local anaesthetic> You are also given a highly effective sedative. Most patients sleep during the operation. You can be sure you will feel neither pain nor any anxiety.
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. Before you leave you will be fitted with temporary crowns.
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.
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.