Despite increased awareness among patients about ways to prevent oral diseases, many individuals still lose teeth due to untreated cavities or other periodontal diseases. Additionally, tooth loss can occur due to injuries. In the past, conservative dentistry utilized removable prostheses or bridges to address such cases, providing a solution to missing teeth. Nowadays, modern dental treatment is based on implantology. At Warsaw Dental Center, you will meet the finest specialists in implantology in Warsaw. We offer patients very modern implantological treatment. Implantology is one of the most advanced methods of treating teeth.
In making such a decision, a consultation with a dentist specializing in implantology is essential. The implantology consultation at Warsaw Dental Center is designed to assess, by our highly qualified and experienced doctor, the necessity of placing dental implants, perform the necessary measurements, and prepare a custom-fitted prosthetic reconstruction. Implantological treatment is a process that must be clearly directed by the attending doctor.
This is a question frequently asked by our patients. We will try to explain this as accurately as possible. An implant is a small screw designed to replace the root of a tooth and is placed in the jawbone. This part is completely invisible, just like the root of a natural tooth. The implant itself is not a complete tooth, of course. Attached to it is a specialized connector, which later in the treatment process serves as support for the crown. Essentially, you could say that the implant is a starting point in the entire reconstruction of a lost tooth, and the complete structure is completed with a porcelain crown attached to it.
Modern dentistry often utilizes implants. This is because they allow patients to return to normal functioning after losing their natural teeth. When using this type of treatment alone, we achieve a very natural effect, as the implant replicates a natural tooth in the correct way. Interestingly, dental implants are suitable even for individuals who have experienced periodontal disease.
The use of dental implants has many advantages. That’s why, when the need arises, we often consider implementing such a treatment plan for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants wear out much more slowly than dentures. Firstly, the implants placed in the oral cavity do not need to be taken out for cleaning. It’s enough to brush your teeth thoroughly. Additionally, dental implants do not damage adjacent teeth.
Implants provide a tremendous sense of comfort because they integrate precisely with the entire dentition. As a result, the patient feels at ease and very comfortable. Dental implants can be inserted into the area of missing teeth very soon after their loss. Unfortunately, when a tooth is missing and the surrounding bone begins to deteriorate, it affects the appearance of the patient’s face adversely. Bone loss leads to deformation of the dental arch and can result in the remaining teeth falling out.
Additional benefits of using dental implants include:
First and foremost, as mentioned earlier, the visit should start with a consultation with a dentist specializing in implantology. This consultation includes an assessment of the teeth’s health, past illnesses, medications taken, and rules out any potential addictions.
Before a dentist decides to place dental implants, they need to address cavities, plaque, and other dental diseases. The soft tissue and jawbone must be in good condition before applying dental implants. Specialized tomographic and panoramic examinations facilitate this assessment. Once the consultation and diagnostics are successful, the implantologist establishes a schedule for placing the dental implant.
Typically, the entire tooth reconstruction process consists of two stages. During the first stage of treatment, the implant is implanted along with its abutment into the jawbone. Local anesthesia is used during this stage, and the procedure itself should not last longer than an hour. After this stage, the living tissue bonds with the titanium over about three months, a process called osseointegration.
After this time, the dentist proceeds to the prosthetic stage. It involves creating a crown that, through its color and shape, resembles the patient’s natural tooth. The time to create such a crown depends on the individual case.
To insert dental implants, a detailed medical interview and tests are needed to exclude any potential contraindications. If everything is in order, an implantologist in Warsaw or any other major city selects the appropriate length and diameter of the implant based on an individual’s jaw structure. Then, the implantation process takes place under local or general anesthesia.
The implantologist drills a hole using a special drill, preparing the bone bed, and then places the implant into it. The next step is to check the position of the artificial tooth and suture the wound. This covers the implant with the mucous membrane. The healing process after the procedure can take up to six months. However, often this time is only about three months. After this period, the tooth is firmly embedded in the jaw, allowing for comfortable chewing and speaking. Stitches are removed after 14 days.
Implantology allows for the restoration of the natural appearance and function of teeth, improving the quality of life for patients.
The process of attaching the crown is a crucial step in the entire implant treatment process. The dental crown can be made from various materials, starting from metal crowns, which can significantly differ in color from the patient’s natural teeth. Another example is acrylic crowns, which closely match the color of natural teeth, but they are considered temporary solutions and are not durable. A third example is metal crowns veneered with acrylic, where the front part resembles a natural tooth, while the back part retains the color of the underlying metal.
At Warsaw Dental Center, we use ceramic and porcelain crowns. These crowns are known for their high durability and precise replication of the patient’s natural teeth, making them an excellent choice for achieving a natural look and functionality.
Absolutely, there are certain contraindications that exclude the use of dental implants for a patient undergoing treatment. In this case, potential contraindications are discussed during the initial consultation with a specialist implantologist. The most common contraindications for the use of dental implants include:
Additional factors that may affect the impossibility of using dental implants can be improper jaw anatomy. In such a case, an experienced implantologist may decide to perform surgical treatment to create a new space for the dental implant. It also happens that there are local contraindications for dental implants. These include local inflammations, fibrous dysplasia, limited mouth opening, among others.
After the implant has been placed, caution should be exercised in food consumption. It’s best to avoid doing this for up to two hours after the procedure. For the next two days, hot meals should be avoided – cool, liquid dishes work best. It’s advisable to steer clear of dairy products and carbonated drinks. After the procedure, the operated area should not be irritated, touched, or contaminated. In case of swelling, cold compresses can be applied to the cheek. Special, very soft toothbrushes are recommended for tooth brushing. They should not touch the sutured mucosa. After the procedure, for about a month, intense exercising, swimming, sauna, and solarium should be avoided.
When it comes to dental implants, Warsaw is one of the cities where you can take advantage of such a service. These procedures are becoming increasingly popular because they help deal with complexes and discomfort resulting from missing teeth. A good specialist should instruct the patient regarding the appropriate practices immediately after the procedure.
The cost of a dental implant is largely dependent on factors such as the materials used for the tooth crown, additional diagnostic tests beyond the basics chosen by the implantologist, and whether teeth require treatment before the implant is placed. As mentioned earlier, the treatment plan is established during the initial consultation, where the associated costs are thoroughly discussed.
At Warsaw Dental Center, we highly value patient comfort and transparency in pricing. We always strive to accurately determine the costs associated with the treatment to be transparent with our patients who opt for implant treatment.
We hope we have provided a clear overview of the process of treatment using dental implants. For more information regarding the treatment process, potential contraindications, and the outcomes one can achieve with this method of treatment, we invite you to reach out to our medical facility located in the center of Warsaw.