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History of dental implants

Dental implants are no longer considered innovations in dentistry, but rather an increasingly common solution to problems with no better solutions. Their placement is determined for the intervention with the greatest success rate from the placement of implants in different parts of the body (artificial joints, etc.).

Implantology is a branch of dentistry that is becoming increasingly popular. Along with it, technology advances, and as a result, dental implants have become the best alternative for several problems in the oral cavity that were previously difficult to overcome.

According to archaeological excavations, the ancient Maya found a way to replace missing teeth with handy materials, such as ivory. Today, thousands of years later, implants are a modern technology used daily at the Kavident Dental Center.

Initially, the implants were periosteal, made of steel, and could offer anything but comfort to the patient and a guarantee of infection and injuries. After many years of research, intraosseous implantation has been improved and is still practiced today.

What are dental implants?

The implant serves as a replacement for the roots and is hidden beneath the gum. Due to titanium's osseointegration property, it merges with the bone and provides a stable foundation for an artificial tooth, bridge, or prosthesis.

The dental implant is inserted into the bone to replace the missing tooth. It is made of titanium and resembles a screw. This material is lightweight, durable, and is not rejected by the body, which is critical in this case.

Dental implants requirements

One of the advantages of using implants is that there is no need to treat the teeth near the bridge for them to fit. The presence of implants is critical for the maintenance of bone and jaw, and the ability to live normally before extracting one or more teeth.

Regardless of the complications of your tooth extraction, you must keep an important criterion in mind for implant placement - the gums and bone must be in excellent condition. To maintain their health, you must regularly visit our dentist at Kavident Dental Center. All teeth and gum problems must be resolved, and smoking must be discontinued for a while.

Depending on the condition of the teeth in the oral cavity, only one implant can be inserted in the place of an imperative tooth removed, or you can replace several teeth with prosthetics.

Depending on the condition of the teeth in the oral cavity, only one implant can be used to replace a tooth that has to be removed, or several teeth can be replaced with dentures. This way, even after you've had to give up your natural teeth, you can still have a perfect smile.

It must take between two and six months after the implants have been placed before they can be used as a foundation for crowns, bridges, or prostheses. During this time, the implant is completely fused with the bone.

Types of dental implants

The specialists at Kavident Dental Center are always available for consultation with the best solution for you because the individual approach is the most important for achieving the desired outcome.

To accomplish this, you must first undergo examination and X-ray diagnosis, which determines the condition of the bone. Then you can move on to the treatment plan, and you'll soon be able to boast about your perfect smile.

Dental implants are classified into two types based on their nature: basal implants and screw implants.

Basal implants

Basal (also known as immediate) implants have been used in dental implantology for about 15 years, laying the foundations for the field worldwide. They are made up of only one component: a metal plate.

Basal implants are preferred in more severe cases where the bone is affected because they do not require further bone formation. Instead, they are placed deeper in the gums, where the bone is healthy. This is possible with only one visit to our dentist at Kavident.

This eliminates the need to wait for the implanted bone to heal. Furthermore, basal implants do not require a long recovery period, and artificial teeth can be placed on them after only three days. This is why they are referred to as immediate load implants.

Apart from being suitable for patients with advanced edentulousness and requiring almost complete prosthetics, immediate implants are cheaper. However, the lower price comes at the expense of a less-than-stellar aesthetic performance.

Another disadvantage is that basal implants cannot be used to replace just one tooth.

Screw implants

Screw implants are a newer generation that is becoming more popular. They consist of two parts. Their main advantage is that they look more natural. They also have a much lower risk of rejection. They are used to replace one or more teeth and can be a successful alternative to old bridges and dentures.

But with screw implants, the condition is that the bone is healthy. Therefore, it is recommended to place them as soon as possible after the removal of our tooth/teeth. After this placement directly into the gum, it takes some time until the artificial tooth is inserted into the implant. It is different for each patient, but sometimes it can reach up to several months.

Dental implants aftercare

The dentists at Кavident Dental Centre will give you clear and precise instructions on how to maintain the implants after their placement, tailored to the individual case. But here are some common rules.

Good oral hygiene comes first. This is the most important condition for healthy teeth, if they are yours, natural or artificial. Cleaning with toothpaste and brush, with mouthwash and floss to avoid plaque deposition and food collection between teeth.

Cleaning implants is not more difficult than cleaning other teeth, but it is still good to do so more carefully, because plaque, which forms a thin biofilm on the teeth, is their worst enemy. Smoking is also not recommended if you have artificial teeth.

It is very important to keep your gums in good condition. Bleeding and withdrawal, which are signs of periodontitis, can affect implants. And, if you have any suspicions that something is wrong, you should see your dentist at Kavident as soon as possible to consult and take the necessary measures.

Even if you have no such complaints, preventive examinations are required twice a year. They can be combined with the professional plaque and tartar removal from the teeth. Regular X-rays are also required. They monitor the level of the bone and the changes that occur in it.

The risk of your body rejecting the implant is quite small compared to all other prostheses used in medicine. However, if you feel discomfort or notice inflammation, you need to immediately contact your dentist again. If rejection is found, the implant is removed, the crown is waited to be restored, and a bridge option can be used.

Of course, you need to stick to liquid, soft, and easy-to-chew foods in the first days and weeks after the implants surgery. After the recovery period, which is unique in duration for every individual, you will feel the pleasure of eating again. And it's always a good idea to follow it up with a thorough cleaning.

If you follow the above guidelines and treat dental implants properly, they can serve you for decades. Therefore, the money you spend on them will be repaid many times over, and the convenience of eating normally while looking good is priceless.

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