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Implants are small screws made of titan. There are attached to the bone in upper- or lower jaw to replace roots there the patient misses his own teeth. It's possible to insert implants in a healthy, healed bone tissue.

An implant works as a prosthetic column that carries the crown, bridge or denture. Depending on how many teeth are missing, how the jaw is built and the bite determines how many implants are necessary and different prosthetic constructions. The surgery is performed in local anaesthesia and takes about one hour. The area after surgery feels sore and is swollen a couple of days.

Two-step surgery
The implants must be integrated with the bone tissue, so-called (Osseo integration). The patient must wait until the implant is integrated with the oral bone. The healing period is about three months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw. Then a covering screw is placed on top of the implant in order to protect it while the entire implant is covered with gum. The patient uses a or a dental bridge or a temporary denture during this time.

After the healing period and the implant has integrated into the jawbone the gum is opened and is fitted with a healing post. After two weeks, the healing post is replaced with a post, and an impression is made for crown, bridge or denture. When the device is ready, the new crown or bridge is screwed on the post/implant alternatively the new denture can be fixated directly on the post/implant.

One-step surgery
If the bone quality is good, the healing post can be inserted simultaneously with the implant during insertion. The healing period is the same as in two-step surgery. The advantage is that the prosthetic part of the treatment can start directly after the healing period.

There are several implant systems on the market
Dental implants have been used for over 40 years. It gives a permanent replacement for those teeth that are missing. The method has grown in its popularity grows over the years. There are a number of dental implant systems on the market like: Brånemark, Astra, Strauman, 3i, TioLogic, etc. What system to choose depends on the patient's individual situation, quality of tooth bone, experiences of the system, warranty time and price.

Are you a candidate for dental implants?
The bone quality must be adequate to hold the new implant. If not, you have to do a sinus-lift, where you own bone or an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute is transplanted to reinforce the tooth bone. Smokers, big consumer of alcohol and user of specific medicine could be advised not to have dental implants.

How does it work? - Schedule for dental implants (two-step surgery)
Implant treatment is performed in two steps, a surgical part, and a prosthetic part. You need 2-4 journeys to the clinic.

Preparations: If you have extracted a tooth, it has to heal for 3-4 months before you can insert an implant. It is important not to have an infection in the mouth when the work starts.

First journey (3 days)
Initial consultation with the Implantologist and x-ray examination to know the type and size of the implant should be used. The Smile Team uses well-known implant system (Brånemark, Astra, 3i, TioLogic, etc.). The surgery is performed under local anaesthetics and takes about one hour. After your surgery, you will have a dental bridge or a temporary denture during the healing period.

--- Healing period 3-6 months

Second journey (1 day)
A healing post is inserted (two-step surgery.

--- Healing period two weeks

Third journey (1+2 days or 5-9 days)
Now its time to produce the crown, bridge or denture. A teeth impression is made and is sent to a dental laboratory. It takes approximately 5-7 working days to produce the new crown, bridge or denture. You can choose to stay the prosthetics are ready, or you can fly home and come back later.

Are there any risks with dental implants?
Complications are unusual but possible. The most common complications are:

  infections that needs treatments
  loss of implant
  bone loss around the implant
  permanent loss of tactual sensation around the implant
  complications related to implant or prosthetics.

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