Dental Implants

The Body Bureau partner dental practice is one of the leading implant clinics in Lithuania. At the clinic we bring together many of the regions leading Implantology specialists and the best international implant systems.

What are dental implants?

dental implant anatomyA dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Implants are made of titanium, a metal that is well-tolerated by the body. Over time, the jawbone becomes firmly united with the implant. A small attachment at the top of the implant emerges through the gum. Crowns, bridges or dentures can then be attached to the implant.

Replacing missing teeth is essential to your overall dental health as a gap makes chewing difficult, and laughing becomes uncomfortable. A gap leaves the remaining teeth unsupported, these may drift along the jaw line, making brushing and flossing more difficult. Missing teeth can change the shape of your face and make you look older and less healthy.

Initially, implantation may seem more expensive than other treatment methods, but in the long term, implants frequently turn out to be the most economical solution. Bridges and dentures usually require regular adjustments or substitutions, whereas implants are expected to be a lifetime replacement of teeth.

Why have implants?

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• Implants are an alternative to conventional bridges and partial dentures.

• If you find that your full dentures move around a lot, implants will help to anchor the denture in place.

• When teeth are lost, the jawbone may start to shrink. Implants can help slow this process down.

• Your dentist may recommend using implants to support a bridge rather than cut into healthy teeth either side of a gap.

Patients suitability for implants

Our clinic realises that while increasingly popular, implants are not appropriate for everyone. You need to be medically fit and have healthy gums and a sufficient thickness of jawbone. Our Implant Specialist will assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.

Implants may not be an option for smokers or people with chronic conditions such as poorly-controlled diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer. This is because the implants are more likely to fail due to problems with the healing process.

If I do not have enough bone, what can be done?

Bone augmentation is a term that is used to describe a variety of procedures that are used to “build” bone so that dental implants can be placed. These procedures typically involve grafting (adding) bone or bone-like materials to the jaw, and waiting for the grafted material to fuse with the existing bone over several months.

After a bone-augmentation procedure, dentists usually wait 6 – 12 months before placing implants, although some dentists may place them sooner.

Sinus augmentation – In the upper jaw above the back teeth, it is possible to increase the height of bone available by creating new bone in the sinus. This procedure is called a ‘sinus augmentation’. A skilled surgeon can deliver very predictable results in this location and without the general success of this technique many patients would be unable to have implants in a part of the mouth where teeth are so commonly missing.

How long does implantation take?

From the time of implant placement to the time of placing the first teeth, treatment times can vary between 2 weeks and 6 months.

Your dentist will be able to give you a personalized timetable before the treatment begins.

Implant treatment in Vilnius will take 2 Stages:

First stage

The dentist will expose the bone in the jaw where the tooth is missing. Then he will drill a hole and insert a metal post into the bone. This is done under a local anaesthetic. The gum is then stitched over the post and it is left to heal while the bone grows around the post, making it secure. The surgery lasts about an hour.

A few days later a special laser treatment can be used which aids in the healing process and the stitches are removed. If you prefer, you could theoretically leave the day after the operation and have the stitches removed by your own GP or local dentist but our dentists prefer to complete the work themselves.

In certain cases, implants can be loaded immediately after tooth extraction. If you have your tooth or teeth extracted at home, there is a 8 – 10 week waiting period before implant surgery can begin.

Second stage

During second procedure in which replacement teeth are mounted onto the metal post. The replacement teeth might be single or in a group, and possibly as a ‘bridge’, attached to neighbouring natural teeth. They may be fixed permanently or attached in a way that lets you remove them for cleaning. This appointment lasts about an hour.

The best teeth replacement offerWill I be toothless?

Between operations you will not be left toothless but will be fitted with temporary teeth.

After implantation

Side-effects are the unwanted but mostly temporary effects of a successful procedure. Examples of side-effects include feeling sick as a result of the anaesthesia and some swelling and discomfort around the implant area. Swelling may be controlled using an ice pack. You might be given antibiotics or painkillers to take during the period immediately following surgery, and an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce the risk of your implant becoming infected.

After-care

To help maintain your implants the dental specialists recommend you to thoroughly brush and floss regularly. Your dentist will give you specific advice on caring for your implants. He or she will ask you to attend regular check-ups.

In general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 97%. Just as you would expect conventional crowns, bridges and fillings to need occasional repairs or replacements during their lifetime, your implant-supported teeth may also have similar maintenance requirements over theirs.

Significance of Dental Hygiene after implantation

The patient has to pay special attention to dental hygiene, as poor dental care and smoking are the major factors causing failures even to patients of excellent health. Implants and prosthesis need daily cleaning with a toothbrush and with special conic brushes or flosses in places not easy to reach. Beside this, visiting the dental hygienist’s office is necessary twice a year. The dentist examines the patient several times per year, but the rest of the time, the patient must care for his or her implants alone. Therefore, patient consciousness is especially important.