Dental implants are surgically fixed substitutes for roots of missing teeth. Embedded in the jawbone and typically made of titanium, they act as anchors for a replacement tooth, also known as a crown, or a full set of replacement teeth.
In order to replace the function of the tooth root, the dental implant is inserted in the jaw bone during a procedure that can be performed under local anesthetic. It adheres painlessly to the bone and forms a solid anchor for the long-term attachment of the crown.
Dental implants have been used for over forty years as a permanent solution for missing teeth. But only within the last decade, as a result of advances in both materials and surgical procedures, have the profound benefits of this solution become available to the masses.
Dental implants are a viable option for nearly everyone in need of any form of new or enhanced dental prostheses. Since implants are more reliable and durable than all other conventional solutions–including dentures–they should be considered by anyone seeking dental restoration.
The baseline requirements for successful implantation are:
• Good general state of health
• Good oral hygiene
• Adequate bone quality
• Sufficient bone volume
If there is not enough bone volume for placing an implant, then there are various options for replacing bone–such as bone grafting–to prepare the jaw for successful implantation.
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of the jaw bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures.
Dental implants don’t sacrifice or compromise the quality of adjacent teeth because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Native teeth remain largely untouched which is a significant long-term benefit for oral health.
Dental implants allow the recipient to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. They are secure and offer liberation from the annoying clicks and wobbles of dentures.
The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
In spite of taking every conceivable precaution, there is no denying that dental implant surgery, like any invasive medical procedure, occasionally poses some health risks.
The success of dental implant treatment is contingent upon a number of factors:
• Experience and skill of dentists, dental assistants, and lab technicians.
• Highly quality, state-of-the-art dental equipment.
• Absolute cleanliness and sterilization of all operating rooms, facilities, and equipment.
• Infection and inflammation – The biggest threat to a successful implant operation is bacterias. Iceland has the fewest families of multiresistant bacterias in Europe, which is a good start. Therefore the risk of getting an infection from something that is very hard to cure, is minimal.
• Our clinic is designed to be as sterile as possible, the treatment rooms only have the absolute minimum of equipment. Our personnel puts on new gloves every time they enter the room, everything is washed with alcohol between patients and even the floors have an active antibacterial surface.
• After your operation is finished we spray an enzyme (trypsine) into your mouth to kill bacteria and viruses and to dramatically reduce your healing time.
Despite every effort to minimize the potential for complications, possible risks include:
• Gum infection.
• Nerve damage.
• Sinus problems.
• Injury or damage to existing teeth or blood vessels.
• Failure of the bone to graft to the implant. In these cases, the implant is removed, the bone cleaned, and another implant attempt is done within 30 to 60 days.
As with any dental surgery, there is also a range of possible post-operative side effects:
• Swelling of the gums and face.
• Bruising of skin and gums.
• Pain radiating from the implant site.
• Minor bleeding.
And finally, preventative maintenance is a key factor in the long-term viability of dental implants
• Maintenance of healthy oral hygiene including the avoidance of coffee, tea, cigarettes, and potentially destructive foods such as hard candy.
• Bi-annual dental check-ups to ensure that implants are functioning properly.
Bokanova Dental Center’s compromise to high quality materials and protocolized procedures ensures that Bokanova Dental Center can offer the best treatments at the lowest possible prices without decreasing the quality of any of our services or procedures . As a result, Bokanova Dental Center is able to make the following guarantee:
Bokanova Dental Center guarantees, for a period of five years, all implant parts and treatments. In the unlikely event that serious complications arise, Bokanova Dental Center will bear the costs of travel to, and accomodation in, Mexico.
The only exceptions to this guarantee are:
• Implant damage due to an accident.
• Lack of adequate oral hygiene on the part of the recipient.
Before inserting dental implants, it is sometimes necessary to perform a preparatory procedure such as a sinus lift or a bone graft.
Also known as sinus augmentation, a sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper jaw and in the area of the molars and premolars. In order to make room for the bone, the sinus membrame may be moved upward or lifted. In this procedure bone grafting materials such as bone graft or collagen membranes will be needed and charged.
Bone grafting is necessary if the jawbone is either too soft or too thin to support the dental implants. Typically, the bone that is grafted is taken from another part of the patient’s body. However, Bokanova Dental Center prefers to use artificial materials for its bone grafts.