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Dental implants

Teeth are often lost due to decay or traumas. The solution to this problem is prosthesis; this is when neighbouring teeth are filed (up to 70 percent of tooth structure) and covered by a bridge. While the bridge is in your mouth the bone in the site of the missing tooth is still dissolving forming non-aesthetical “craters” – defects of bones and gums.

Such troubles may be avoided with a help of an implantation. This is a surgical procedure, popular all around the world for the last 50 years, during which a titanium implant is drilled into the site of the missing tooth; it serves as the support for a dental crown.

These days, implantation is a routine procedure at odontological clinics. It is painless, since it is performed under anaesthetic, fast – drilling of one implant takes about 40 minutes, and safe – you are in hands of professionals. Usually, the procedure does not cause facial swelling; when the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off, you can return to your normal daily rhythm. After the procedure, patients are given anti-inflammatory medicines, thus there is no need for painkillers immediately after the procedure, or in the following days. In exceptional cases, when more difficult surgeries are performed or several implants are drilled in, the patients should take a course of antibiotic treatment.

Implantation may be performed immediately after the removal of a tooth (having evaluated the risk) or six months after the removal of the tooth. After the drilling of the implant, the prosthesis is placed after 4-6 months; this period is to allow for the implant’s integration into the bone. Of course, if the implant is drilled into an aesthetically important place, we will not leave you without a tooth, we will make a temporary prosthesis.

It is important to start implant treatment with a quality consultation with an oral surgeon. There you will discuss the proposed treatment plan; the doctor will explain all its stages and price. Implant drilling price does not include the prosthesis. You may address any questions that worry you to our oral surgeon during your consultation.

Tooth implantation

What you should do after dental implantation

Patients after dental implantation may feel temporary discomfort consisting of swelling, and numbing of surrounding tissues; and formation of haematomas.

Working capacity and life style. We do not recommend returning to work immediately after the procedure even although you may feel completely capable of working. Physical strain, hot baths, swimming pools, stress, and blood thinning medicines should be avoided for 3-4 days after the surgery. Immediately after the procedure, patients are given an ice pad, which should be used for cooling their cheek for several hours after the surgery in the following manner: 15 minutes cooling, 20 minutes break, and repeat.

For smokers! Smoking is a contraindication for the implantation. Smoking is strictly forbidden on the day of the surgery and at least 2-3 weeks after the surgery. Why? Smoking slows down blood circulation in the oral cavity which results in reduced healing of wounds and increased risk of infection. Also, implants are less likely to adapt due to weak blood circulation.

Bleeding. Usually bleeding is not excessive during the operation or after it. However, on the day of the surgery, a little bleeding is possible (in many cases, blood mixes with saliva and it looks bloody; this is normal and patients should not be worried about this). In the event of excessive and continual bleeding, please see the doctor.

Pain. In most cases patients do not complain about pain after the surgery, but you will be injected with an anti-inflammatory medicine (Dexamethason 4mg/1ml) immediately after the surgery. In addition, the doctor will prescribe the use of an anti-inflammatory medicine at home in case of pain (Ketanov 10mg).

Oral hygiene. As the edges of a wound are joined by stitches, patients may feel slight discomfort in the beginning. In most cases stitches are removed 7-10 days after the surgery. During the first days after the surgery, teeth should be cleaned extremely gently avoiding any damage to sensitive mucous. Since the teeth and the surgically treated area are not thoroughly cleaned, the mouth should be rinsed with Chlorhexidine based solutions (Eludril). Rinsing should be started on the day following surgery. After 3-4 days, the head of the implant might be gently cleaned with a toothbrush. It ought to shine, and gums around it should not look red or swollen. If the head of the implant is covered completely, the gums in this area should look healthy too. A few days after the surgery, stitches should be cleaned with a cotton bud moistened with hydrogen peroxide since they attract various soft residues that may cause inflammation.

Diet. After the surgery, patients should avoid hot and spicy foods, and alcoholic drinks.

Antibiotics. Usually antibiotics are prescribed only in cases of more extreme surgeries. If the doctor has not prescribed you antibiotics, do not start using them yourself.

Swelling. The risk of swelling appears in cases of more extreme surgery (when more than three implants are drilled) and bone accretion procedures. The largest swelling is observed on the third day after the surgery.

Possible complications. In order to avoid complications after the surgery, please strictly follow the regimen prescribed by the doctor after the procedure.

Note that every situation is different, and only the doctor can answer your specific questions.

If you feel sick a few days after the procedure, or have a temperature, or the swelling does not go down, or you simply have questions, please immediately contact our clinic.