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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.

Call Savina Clinic today on (+356) 2165 7323 (Malta) / (+356) 2155 7323 (Gozo) for any urgent Dental Implant treatment related questions or booking requests.

Will dental implants work for me?

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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 the 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, although this should be kept to an absolute minimum. 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?

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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 heavy 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.

Best Dental Implant Brands

Zimmer® Implants (USA) and Straumann® Implants (Switzerland), with their long track record and innovative technology (including a variety of surface coatings to optimize bone healing, a wide variety of implant ranges and CAD/CAM techniques) are considered to be among the top three implant brands worldwide.

These implant brands offer complete packages and solutions for immediate replacement after dental extractions, immediate loading of bridgework after surgical implant placement and a wide variety of aesthetic and functional options for all situations.

Standard and customized options are available for perfect outcomes in all conceivable situations.

Such premium systems naturally come at a price – they are around 30% more than Ospol® implants and 60% more than FMD® implants but are unbeatable with a 10-year manufacturer’s guarantee and unsurpassed aesthetics

Tekka® Implants (France) Implant System, thanks to a few clever mechanical and biomechanical innovations, offers top-notch stability and integration in bone. Its patented oxidized calcium surface permits rapid and reliable bone healing.

With the Tekka system, we can obtain similar results to other implant brands. Immediate replacement after extractions may not always be possible and some situations may not be suitable for this system. This, however, is more than adequately compensated by the huge savings – 30% – that can be made. Quality is still guaranteed with a 5-year warranty.

Implant Direct® Implants (Switzerland) may not be market leaders but their technology is innovative and affordable. All products are made in accordance with the European Directive 93/42/CEE concerning Medical Devices.

With a wide variety of designs and unrivalled attention to detail in all phases of production the ID system has rapidly established itself as a valid and useful addition to the implant market.

Whilst not having the versatility of Zimmer and Straumann implants, ID devices are perfectly suitable for placement in already-healed gums, for replacing missing back teeth with fixed bridges and for securing removable overdentures. FMD implants are not normally recommended for placement in aesthetically-sensitive frontal positions

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 examination to ascertain the quality and condition of the bone and the presence of important blood vessels and the nerves or other structures 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 tissue 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, if any, 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

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Mould used on the new dental implants to create the upper bridge

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Final Results of Upper Dental Implants treatment

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Full Upper and Lower Dental Implant Procedure Images

Lower Implants Preparation

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Upper Implant posts added

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Bite After Final Treatment Of Upper & Lower Implants

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Upper Dental Implants After Treatment

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Lower Dental Implants After Treatment

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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 paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

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 an antibacterial mouthwash and go for regular dental checkups.

How much do implants cost per tooth in Malta?

The cost of dental implants in Malta ranges from € 795 to € 1,150. This fee is dependent on various factors, including the material used for the dental implant and any additional procedures required before the treatment. We recommend you contact us to book an appointment or request a free online e-consultation for further details about your specific case.

Can you replace all your teeth with implants?

Yes. If you have lost all your teeth, you can replace them all with dental implants. These implants replace both your lost natural tooth and some roots. We are highly trained, qualified and experienced dental implants dentist who offers various solutions for full-arch dental implants. We use state of the art tools and cutting-edge practices in implant dentistry to deliver treatment that is accurate, efficient and most importantly comfortable.

What is eagle grid treatment?

Eagle Grid is a new dental implant system that is suited for everyone. This treatment is recommended for patients who have lost most, if not all of their teeth and are restricted to only wearing removable dentures without the likelihood of getting a fixed solution. This is because they do not have enough bone left on their jaw for the placement of dental implants. Although bone grafting among other invasive procedures may be proposed, the uncertain results and lengthy recovery period can be discouraging.

Fortunately, a new and improved Subperiosteal Implant protocol that requires the implant to be placed over it, not inside the jaw bone is now available to such patients. This treatment uses the most advanced and current technologies that allow previously untreatable cases to be provided with a permanent alternative. The Eagle Grid is customised, built on a prototype of the remaining bone of the patient that is gotten from a CT Scan. This treatment is recommended for people missing teeth in both their upper and lower jaws.

What is the training required to be a Dental Implant Surgeon?

One qualifies as an implant surgeon following postgraduate education and the attainment of specialist degrees in oral surgery and Implantologist (being a qualified dentist to start with is, of course, an obvious requirement). Following post-graduate qualifications, ongoing membership and fellowship in various international organisations such as the International Team for Oral Implantology and the International Association for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are important for keeping abreast of developments and further participation in international conferences allows discussion of ideas and experiences with fellow Implantologists from around the world.

Can a dental implant become loose?

Yes. Dental implants can loosen due to a loose dental crown, gum disease – peri-implantitis or the loss of bone around the implant. If your dental implant is loose, we highly advise that you have it fixed immediately to prevent further damage or other significant problems.

What are the leading dental implant systems?

There are more than 150 dental implant systems. However, Straumann and Zimmer Biomet are some of the leading dental implant systems.

Straumann

Straumann was founded in 1954 and is possibly the best and most reliable dental implant company in the world. It is the only company with solutions for surgical, regenerative and restorative products. Most importantly, their research clinics are among the top in the world.

Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet has much older roots than Straumann. Formed in 1927, Zimmer Biomet makes dental implants, bone graft materials, regenerative materials among other dental appliances.

These companies have been in business for over five decades, which is enough time to collect, study and produce long-term effectiveness of their implant technologies. Additionally, they create premium implants that are accessible worldwide, making it easy for dentists across the globe to obtain replacement parts.

Will dental implants lift my face?

The aim of dental implants is not to lift your face. However, when you are missing a few teeth, your facial structure is bound to change. This is attributed to the fact that the bones in your mouth require a constant supply of calcium.

Unfortunately, your body senses when your jawbone is missing some teeth. It responds by redirecting the calcium meant for your jawbone elsewhere. This process is referred to as resorption. As a result, your jawbone deteriorates. Over time, your facial bone structure shrinks. This is common among older people who have lost teeth.

Though implants are made of titanium, your body does not pick this up. When the titanium plate is placed under your gums, your body assumes that it’s a bone and reacts by depositing small bits of bone in the areas surrounding the implant. This process is referred to as osseointegration.

Osseointegration takes time. This may range from weeks to months. Once it’s complete, you may look as if you have gone through a facelift. The face no longer appears sunken.

Will dental implants cure gum disease?

Dental implants are known to improve your oral health. But the health of your gums has to be considered for this procedure. It can’t be done if you’ve got gum disease. Therefore, dental implants will not cure your gum disease.

Will dental implants affect an MRI?

Titanium and Zirconia are the main materials used for dental implants as they are non-ferromagnetic metals. This means that they don’t affect an MRI which is heavily dependent on magnetic fields. People tasked with operating MRI machines always enquire whether you have any implants first. It’s prudent to disclose this information.

Will dental implants last a lifetime?

The life span of dental implants varies. Most implants can last up to 25 years. But, it depends on how well you take care of your mouth. This includes proper dental hygiene as well as seeing a dentist regularly.

However, habits like smoking may undermine the lifespan of dental implants.

What are dental implants made of?

Most materials used for dental implants contain some metal ions. Therefore, dental implants are made of titanium because it is biocompatible (it’s not reactive with the body). It is strong, light and bonds well with the bone during osseointegration.

The alloy that makes dental implants has around 90% of titanium. To strengthen it more, the rest of it consists of vanadium or aluminum.

Though not popular, Zirconia is another material that is used to make dental implants. It is believed that implants made from this material are compatible with people who are allergic to titanium.

Zirconia is not as widely used, and has been in the dental industry for less than 20 years.

Can dental implants be removed?

Once dental implants are put in place, they can’t be removed. Dental implants are fastened solidly and integrate with your jawbone through osseointegration.

Can dental implants be whitened?

Whitening materials work well with natural teeth, but the same can’t be said about dental implants. They may, however, be polished in case of staining. It is advisable to have your teeth whitened before you get dental implants.

Can dental implants get infected?

Dental implants can get infected. Peri-implantitis is one of the infections that may affect dental implants. This infection leads to the loss of the bone where the implant is attached. Though the implant may be restored after infection, a dentist may be forced to remove it.

Can dental implants support a bridge?

Dental implants can support a bridge. This is done when one has more than one tooth missing. It can also be used where your dentist thinks that you might exert excess pressure on an implant that is not linked to the others.

Usually, grinding or clenching your teeth may exert excess pressure on an independent implant. A bridge is used to ease this pressure by distributing it evenly along the bridge.

Can dental implants be done in a day?

Technological advancement has made it possible for dental implants to be done in a day. This means that you no longer have to wait for months to get your implants.

Dentists use local anaesthesia to carry out same-day implants. This allows you to get back to your normal life as fast as possible.

However, there are a few risks associated with same-day dental implants. Failure of the implant is one of the major risks. That is why you should consult your dentist about the procedure first so that they advise you on the best procedure that best suits your situation.

What is dental implants for dentures?

Dentures are used as a replacement for absent teeth as well as missing tissue in the mouth. They are commonly referred to as false teeth. Denture implants are artificial components surgically fitted into your jaw bone. Dental implants for denture forms a foundation on which dentures are attached to.

Are dental implants common these days?

Though dental implants are not a new phenomenon, they have become more common in recent times. They are a fresh breath of air for anyone who may have lost a tooth accidentally. People who lose their teeth in various circumstances prefer not to leave gaps in between their teeth. Dental implants make sure that they don’t have to.

Book your dental implant treatment consultation today

Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centres are friendly, state-of-the-art practices in Malta and Gozo dedicated to comprehensive quality dental care. Savina Dental is an innovative dental practice in Malta and prides itself on the high-quality customer service, low waiting room times, attention to detail and the advanced dental technology at their disposal.

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If you are looking for the Dental Implant treatment in Malta or Gozo, please contact us using our new free e-Consultation service. One of our highly-qualified team will respond to your query as soon as possible. Our e-Consultation service is live 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday. Savina Dental Clinic’s Maltese practice is located in Skyparks Business Centre which is 5 minutes walk from the Malta International Airport terminal making it a perfect location for patients travelling from abroad for dental treatment.

If you would like to schedule an in-person dental implant consultation at Savina Dental, please book your appointment using this form or call us now  (+356) 2165 7323 (Malta) / (+356) 2155 7323 (Gozo).

Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centres are friendly, state-of-the-art practices in Malta and Gozo dedicated to comprehensive quality dental care. Savina Dental is an innovative dental practice in Malta and prides itself on the high-quality customer service, low waiting room times, attention to detail and the advanced dental technology at their disposal.

Joseph Xuereb
Joseph Xuereb
Principal Dental Surgeon & Owner of Savina Dental Clinics, Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in Implant and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Joseph & the teams' full biographical information can be found here.