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When patients come up to us for a consultation concerning implants, most of them tend to have the same questions. In this article, we will address these queries and talk about how tooth implantation is executed.

Stages of tooth Implantation

    The second most popular question among our patients is whether there are any contra-indications to implantation?

The precise answer to the question is that there are absolute contra-indications and relative ones. Patients who have undergone treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, fall in the first group. They can’t have implants installed, under any conditions. These patients have very low blood circulation in their bones, which makes it impossible for the implant to survive. 

Relative contraindications should be understood as situations wherein a person’s health status, in that particular time, precludes them from getting an implant. But, if the health condition is treated, it becomes possible to carry on with the implantation. In case of diabetes, the concerned specialist needs to take a great deal of care to ensure success. However, diabetes is not an absolute contra-indication to implantation. Recent studies indicate that diabetic patients with well controlled blood glucose levels have the same chances of implant survival as non-diabetic patients. 

Before the implantation, special attention is paid to patients who have been prescribed a special class of medications known as “bisphosphonates”. These drugs are used to treat osteoporosis as well as to prevent metastases in cancer patients. In such cases, implantation is carried out with extreme caution.

Stages of tooth Implantation

The following are the main stages of the tooth implantation process:

  • Initial consultation with a specialist from our clinic
  • Diagnosis of the general health condition of the patient;
  • Preparatory work for the implantation;
  • Surgery;
  • Implant survival rate (4-6 months);
  • Placement of healing abutment;
  • Fixing abutment;
  • Fixing a temporary  crown and then, a permanent crown;
  • Recovery period.

Note that during the implantation, the second stage is the most crucial, with respect to the fact that sometimes, patients are not aware of certain underlying diseases and therefore, it is imperative that they pass all the necessary tests.

Fact: Tooth Extraction is considered to be a more traumatic procedure than implantation. The tooth is located in a specialised socket, wherein a huge number of nerve endings are concentrated. The implant, notably, isn’t placed in this socket but inside the bone, where there are no nerve endings whatsoever! During the procedure, the patient experiences no pain but in the day following the procedure, there may be pain in the gums, until they heal completely. In such cases, the doctor usually prescribes pain medication.

Is it possible to know the survival outcome of the implant in the first few days?

This is a rather important question, and so we have dedicated a separate part of the article to answer it. When all the stages of dental implantation have already been completed, many patients start to worry, right from the initial post-procedure days, if all the work will be for nothing and if the implant will take hold and survive. Actually, it is possible only during the orthopedic stage to conclusively establish if the implant has got accustomed. Up to this point, the concerned experts can only make informed predictions about the likelihood of a successful outcome. However, if in the first few weeks following the procedure, the patient does not experience any esthesia (pain) or inadequate healing of the gums, there is a very high probability that everything is going smoothly. Conversely, if there is painful esthesia at any point, you have to contact the specialist immediately to rule out the possibility of complications. 

Many people worry about how soon after the implantation process can they resume their regular professional activity - we usually recommend a break of two to three days to aid recovery. This is because work, for most people, entails a lot of communication (talking) or high levels of activity. This puts strain on the muscles of the oral cavity, which increases blood supply in the area of implantation, which increases the wound tension. This increases the risk of the wound taking a longer time to heal. 

Interesting to note:

There are over 1000 different implant manufacturers in the world. Certainly, it is impossible for a doctor to work with all of them. As a rule, implant specialists tend to favour three or four different systems, which they offer to their patients. It is sometimes suggested, quite naively, that all implants are the same. This is definitely not true. Each manufacturer offers systems of varying quality. The durability of the implant is obviously a direct function of how good it quality is. The process of implantation can be represented as a constructor build up. And if at least one of the parts is not attached improperly or not tightly enough, it will certainly have an impact on the service life of the implant and the quality of the implant itself. 

We would like to emphasise that special care needs to be taken after a dental implantation procedure. We are big believers in an individualised approach - We share our personalised recommendations with each of our patients, in depth. Nevertheless, there are a few generalised rules that are universally applicable to all patients. 

  • in the week following implantation, it is recommended to refrain from chewing food with the side on which the procedure was done; 
  • Uue of multiple pillows is recommended, as it holds the head up higher; 
  • for cleaning the implant superstructure, it is recommended to use brushes; 
  • during the survival period, it is advisable to use a soft-nylon brush to clean your teeth.
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