Dental Implants Treatment In Malta | Savina Dental Clinics
Many of us will someday be faced with the decision to replace a tooth or indeed a number of teeth. One of the best options to replace a lost or broken tooth is a dental implant. This article aims to answer all your most frequently asked questions when it comes to Dental Implants treatment in Malta and also explains the procedure in an easy to understand step by step manner.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the upper or lower jaw. It will bond with the bone over time and thus serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
Are dental implants successful?
With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95 per cent for individual implants*, even higher for the bridges they support. * Results based on implants and bridges remaining and in function over a five-year period.
How much do implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. Typically, there is a fee for the surgical procedure and a separate fee for attaching the posts and constructing your replacement teeth. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you. For indicative pricing, please check our latest Savina Clinics Malta & Gozo dental prices guide.
Will dental implants work for me?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The main limitation is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
Is old age a problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
Why Choose dental implants over dentures or a bridge?
Improved appearance: When you lose entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or bridge doesn’t. · Maintained natural teeth: With traditional practices, two teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth. · Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about. The implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after installation. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
Related Article: Dental Bridges Vs Implants | Savina Dental Clinics Malta & Gozo
How will dental implants affect my life?
Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you are used to. You can continue smoking as well if you must. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Will my new teeth look natural?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
- Improved physical appearance which boosts your confidence and self-esteem
- Improved speech due to the stability and positive structural changes caused by dental implant treatment
- Maximum comfort due to the permanent nature of dental implants which is quite the contrary to removable dentures
- Trouble-free eating is one of the most well-known benefits as dental implants act exactly like your permanent teeth used to with no awkwardness more commonly associated with other restorative treatments such as dentures
- It is easier to sustain better oral health with dental implants as they should be treated just like your regular teeth with regular brushing and flossing along with professional cleaning every six months or so
- The durability of implants is a huge plus point, compared to other common restorative options like traditional bridges and dentures. Implants can last a lifetime
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
Any healthy person who can go through a standard oral surgery is fit to have a dental implant. The patient, however, must have enough bone and healthy gums to support the implant. Those willing to have dental implants should also be ready to follow the right oral hygiene, which includes visiting dentists on a regular basis.
However, there is a special group of patients that need to undergo further evaluation before going through the procedure. This group consists of cigarette smokers and those suffering from chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Patients who have gone through radiation therapy either in their head or neck also need to be tested. Due to the sensitivity of the procedure, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before you consider having a dental implant.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?
As per now, dental implants are not covered by insurance. However, it is possible to cover them under your general medical plan. This may depend on various factors such as the nature of your insurance plan and cause of tooth loss. To have a clear picture of the issue, feel free to have a conversation between your insurance company and the dentist. Key issues can be ironed out, and you may end up getting a cover.
Dental Implant Procedure Step-by-step
Testing and preparing the dental implant site
Since the implants are fixed into the jawbone, the dentist will first have to assess the condition of the site. This is done to determine whether the bone is strong enough to support the implant comfortably. The dentist will also carry out some X-ray tests to ascertain the condition of the blood vessels and the nerves near the implant site.
If the bone is not capable of supporting the process, your dentist will discuss other viable options that can suit you. Some of them include bone-grafting, using synthetic bone and bone distraction (stimulating the body to create new bones on the affected site).
During your initial visit, the dentist will apply anaesthetics on the site to relieve you of the pain that the process may cause. They will then remove the gum tissue, using a scalpel or a special tool known as a punch, thereby exposing the underlying bone.
Putting the implant into position
In stage two, the dentist will make a hole on the implant site. First, this pilot hole will just go halfway into the jawbone. Then, the dentist will ensure that it has the correct depth and proper angle using an alignment pin. The primary objective here is to make sure that the hole can accommodate the implant without any problem.
If the dentist is content with the alignment, larger drills can be used to widen the hole. The drilling process is carried out slowly and carefully, and the implant site is flushed consistently using saline solution or water (these prevent the site from overheating).
Placing the implant
Since the implant is fixed into the bone, a special tool is used to create a bond in the bone. This bond or thread should match with that on the implant. However, some implants are capable of creating their own threads, meaning that the dentist doesn’t have to create the thread manually.
After the implant has been fixed, an implant cap is used to seal the site. This protects the operated area from the rest of the mouth and enhances the healing process.
The healing period depends on the position of the implant and the methods used to reach the bone. Stitches are usually removed within the first 10 days, but it can take up to several months for the implant to support a final prosthetic tooth.
Creating new tooth
Once the implant is completely healed, its cap is removed, and an abutment’ is attached. A crown or a bridge is then fixed on this abutment. The dentist must ensure that the colour, shape, and size of your tooth match with that of the crown or the bridge. Note that the nature of your treatment will determine how the new tooth will be fixed.
Dental Implants Before And After Pictures – Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centre
Dental Implants used for full upper bridge treatment
Mould used on the new dental implants to create the upper bridge
Final Results of the Dental Implants/Bridge treatment
For more dental implant pictures, check out our Eagle Grid (Denture alternative treatment using implants) as well as our Dental Bridges versus Implants article.
Are Dental Implants painful?
The process is less painful thanks to the power of the local anaesthesia used during the procedure. The sores that may develop after the surgery can also be treated with the help of over the counter drugs such as Motrin and Tylenol.
How to Take Care of Dental Implants
Dental implants need to be handled like other normal teeth. You need to brush, floss, rinse them with antibacterial mouthwash and go for regular dental checkups.
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