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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are getting increasingly popular among patients who are looking for tooth replacements of missing teeth. It is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone and can anchor the replacement tooth/teeth. Implantation needs sufficient amount and quality of bone in the jaw bone. In case of significant absence of the bone, bone restructuring is also required. It means that the patient's own bone is used, as well, in addition to the artificial bone substitutes. Sinus lifting operations are also performed by our specialist.

Today's implants are absolutely harmless to the human body and they last approximately for 15 years with proper care. Patients frequently ask if they need an implant for each missing tooth. The answer is no unless you have a single tooth replaced. One implant can generally support two teeth.  

What are the benefits of dental implants and their procedure?

One of the most important benefits of dental implants according to patients is that they cannot tell difference neither functionally nor visually. Stable teeth have a positive effect on pronunciation and the sensation of tastes. Patients entirely get rid of the stress caused by removable prosthesis.

As for the procedure a full dental treatment generally requires two visits to Budapest. During the first visit the operation is performed and depending whether temporary dentures are needed and the stitches are removed in Budapest or not patients are to stay for 2-8 days. With regard to the operation our dental surgeon will perform the implant surgery. After the metal post is inserted into the bone a healing abutment is placed into the post for protection and to ensure that gum tissue heals properly. Afterwards the gum folded to cover the post and is stitched together to cover the post and the wound. The whole surgery session in case of few implants lasts 1-2 hours. This procedure is done under local or general anesthesia. During the following few days we accelerate the healing process with a special soft laser treatment. 8 days later the stitches are to be removed by a dentist either in Budapest or Zurich to reduce the visiting time in Budapest.

Then the implants need to integrate with the bone, which takes at least three months in case of the lower jaw and six months in the upper one. Sometimes the implants are stable enough for the artificial teeth to be attached much sooner than this.

During the second stay either the surgeon or the dentist is to open the gum above the implant post to check it as the post needs to act as a fixing point for the replacement teeth. The replacement teeth in case they are located in different regions of the jaw may be single, or may be formed as bridges if the replacement teeth are next to each other or attaching to existing neighboring teeth. This second visit can be divided into two short ones instead. A third visit is required if major teeth extractions must be made and it is impossible to fit the implant post immediately in the place of the extracted teeth. This case the healing time is approximately 8 weeks.

As for the warranty we can give you 10-year guarantee on dental implant treatments. The success rate of them is 98%. In very rare cases the patient's own immune system cannot accept these implant rods, and another is needed to be implanted. In these cases our surgeon implants a new one for free of charge.

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