Dental implants represent the artificial replacement of the root of the natural teeth. They are shaped like "screws" that will be placed in the alveolar bone at the site of the missing teeth, and will sustain artificial crowns, dental bridges, or offer support for removable dental prosthesis.
Dental implants are made out of well tolerated materials, that can be efficiently integrated in the bone tissue.
The classical method for placing dental implants
The procedure will be done under local anesthesia and, if needed, the patients are made more comfortable with the help of conscious sedation administered by one of our consultant anaesthetists.
« The gum that covers the bone in the area where the implant will be placed is partially cut and removed from the surface of the bone. With the help of specially designed burs, the surgeon drills a channel in the bone in which the dental implant is tightly inserted. Then, the gingiva is replaced over the bone and implants and closed with sutures.
If there is not enough bone tissue, the surgeon can chose to place a bone graft or work with smaller implants if this is possible.
The fact that the dental surgeon removes the gum from the bone decreases the healing process, reduces the number of regenerative cells at the periodontal implant surface and, therefore, the osteointegration process will be affected.
After the surgery, a period of up to 6 months is necessary for healing and implant integration in the bone, before the artificial crown or dental bridge can be placed.
During this "healing period" the patient can wear a removable dental prosthesis to improve his aesthetic.
We present this method only for comparison reasons.
The ROBODENT TECHNIQUE for placing dental implants
In our clinic, we use a state of the art system for placing dental implants – the Robodent System, which brings many advantages for both the surgeon and the patient. Before the procedure, the patient will get a CT-Scan done in our clinic, which is absolutely necessary in this method of treatment.
Unlike the Classical Technique, through this new method, the placing of the implants is done by GPS guiding of the bur. The surgeon can watch in real time the advance of the drilling bur inside the bone, and so he knows the exact depth and angulation of the bur. This aspect significantly increases the chances of success of the operation and the implants' lifespan.
One advantage of this technique is that the gum is NOT cut and removed from the bone. As such, there will be no need for suture wires that have to be removed 1-2 weeks after the operation.
After the permanent artificial crowns or dental bridge is placed, the bite will be controlled and made adequate by using the T-Scan System. As such we can be sure that no excessive forces will act on the implants, which if present could lead to the loss of an implant in time.
In both techniques – Classical and Robodent - the procedure takes only a few hours and the patient can go home immediately after surgery and return to their normal activities.
Is Bone Grafting Required?
NO! In most cases bone grafting can be avoided
The success of an implant is dependent on the amount of bone resorbtion around the implant. There are 2 ways to achieve this , firstly by placing more bone around the implant in the form of the graft which is a greater surgical intervention or secondly and our preferred approach the stimulation of the patient s own bone around the implant with the non-invasive uniquely patented Electronic Doctor.
However, even with the system mentioned above, when an implant is not correctly inserted bone loss around the implant will inevitably occur. In our clinics and with the use of Robodent accurate placement of the implants from a computerized diagnostic image enables us to reduce bone loss around the implant when placed to a absolute minimum . With supplement in all our cases of implant placement the use of Electronic Doctor to stimulate and maintain density around the implant- bone surface. We analyze our patient s risks factors in determining the frequency and number of Electronic Doctor treatments to stimulate bone growth and the maintenance around our placed implants. This is also applied to the maintenance of our patients’ natural teeth.
Practice has shown us that, by using this regenerative technique based on regular sessions (once every 6 month, in average) shorter or thinner dental implants can be maintained in the jaw for a long period of time, without the use of expensive and risky bone grafts.
Nowadays, patients no longer accept extensive and complex surgeries unless there is no simpler treatment alternative available. In our medical practice, we relied on this principle and we developed this technology that allows us to maintain the existing volume of natural bone, in spite of the actions of severe destructive factors.