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Implants and oral surgeries

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium metal screw which is placed into the jawbone. More It is used to support one or more false teeth. In practice, both the false teeth and their supporting rod are known together as implants. Less

Are implants safe?

Yes, implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Less

How long will they last?

Implant are designed to last for a lifetime. More The titanium implant screws permanently integrate with human bone. Less

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?

Yes. More You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set. Less

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. More Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to 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. Less

How soon can I have the new teeth?

The treatment time in case of implants depends on many factors. More Most implants can be fitted immediately and even along with final prosthesis to make up for the lost tooth/teeth. To assure the lifetime of the implant SODC Clinic offers and promotes the treatment done in stages as the implant screw should integrate and fuse to the jawbone before taking full load and pressure of chewing and biting. Therefore the usual treatment routine of implants is 2-3 visits in 3-4 month time. Less

Are the implant teeth difficult to clean?

Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. More However, there may be areas that give you problems and you’ll be shown methods to help. Less

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?

Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. More If you keep them clean, and don’t smoke, then you should not have any problems. Less

Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?

Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist. More However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the implants by bars, then you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning. Less

Do the implants show?

Your dentist will make sure that the implants won’t show during all normal movements of the mouth and lips. More You will need to be able to see them, so that you can clean them properly. Less

What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?

This happens very rarely. More If the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there. Less

How painful is the implant procedure?

The procedure is painless, the treatment is done under local anaesthesia. More The surgery is quick and only a small incision is made on the gum surface to place an implant. As a normal side effect of a surgery you may notice pain during healing, for which you will be given painkillers after the surgery free of charge. Less

What are the side effects of the implant surgery?

Most patients experience swelling after the treatment for a couple days. More Bruise, bleeding and pain is also a common side effects of the surgery. After your visit to the dentist you will be given antibiotics, and painkillers free of charge. Less

After the first visit will I return home without teeth? Will I have temporary implants?

Temporary teeth can be fitted on the initial visit in every case. More If you already have a denture you can wear this through the healing time (with adjustments or new teeth added on it if needed). Less

Can I wear my denture while implants are not ready?

You can wear your denture throughout the whole procedure. Less

Is the implant done in one trip?

Normally the implant treatment is completed in two visits. More Between visits there is a 3 months healing time while you have temporary teeth. Less

How many teeth are replaced in the full set of implants?

Usually 12 or 14 teeth are replaced on one arch (top or bottom). More Wisdoms are not replaced. Less

Do you offer sinus lift procedure/bone graft?

Yes. More Sinus lift/bone graft surgery can be performed on the same visit implants are fitted. In majority of the cases no extra time is needed for this surgery. Less

What type of bone grafting you will use and how does it compare with grafting using bone from my own body?

For bone grafts a bone like material is used (synthetic or animal originated). More Hospitals perform bone autografts where your own bone is used. The success rate of bone surgeries performed at our clinic is 99,8%, but the autograft is the most successful from all aspects. Less

Do I need to wait for implants after bone graft?

No. More In 95% of the cases bone surgeries can take place the same time implants are fitted. Less

How long does implant treatment take? How long does the whole implant procedure take?

The implant treatment can be completed in two visits. More The first visit is 3 weekdays, the second is 5 weekdays with an at least 3 months delay. This means that from start to finish the treatment takes roughly three and a half month at least. Less

Do I need extractions first and implants later?

The extractions and implant placement can take place at the same time, unless the area is not suitable for immediate implants eg. More there is an infection. (In this case a healing time is needed - 3-4 months). Less

Can you take out fix dentures? What is a fix denture?

The fixed denture means, that a horseshoe denture is locked onto the implants. More The denture is not moving, or floating but whenever you wish you can remove it without the help of a dentist. Less

Do you have mini implants?

No. More We don't use mini implant, only conventional implants, Less

Do you do all-on-4?

We offer a treatment that includes fixed denture on 4 implants. Less

Can older people have implants?

Yes, age is non-relevant. More Although certain medical conditions related to ageing may affect the treatment (eg. high blood pressure). Less

Can any dentist place an implant?

No, the procedure of dental implants requires additional training from a dentist. More At SODC Dental Clinic implants are placed by implant specialists only. Less

How much do dental implants cost?

We offer substantial savings on dental implants. More Our prices are 75% cheaper than UK, Ireland or Scandinavian countries. To receive a preliminary quote simply fill in our form and we shall within 24 hours send you a personalized quote, or attend our FREE Dental Day in Budapest at No Cost & No Obligation! Less

How long will a dental implant last?

Clinical research shows a lifespan of over 25 years for implant supported tooth restorations. More As with natural teeth, good dental hygiene and regular checkups are most important to maintain healthy implants. Less

What are the success rates for dental implants?

Implant success rates throughout the world vary between 90-95% during the first 5 years. More Alpha-Bio Tec can proudly say that our success rate is 99.8%! Less

Does the implant insertion procedure cause pain?

Although each patient reacts differently, most people experience minimal discomfort, which may or may not be accompanied by slight swelling that disappears with a day or so. More Less

Will I be able to chew with my implants just like with my natural teeth?

Absolutely! Chewing ability may even be increased due to replacement of missing or diseased teeth with implants. Less

Who is a good candidate for implant?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. More For a successful implant surgery, one should have the necessary quantity of bone in the jaw and have healthy bone and gum tissue. On the other hand you can also say that by the time people consider implants, their oral health deteriorated more or less. Many dental implant patients suffer from gum disease, bone recession, or some serious illness that has an affect on the surgery. Lucky most can be treated to perform a successful implant surgery. To learn more about this please contact our patient support office with your questions, or use our dental wiki. Less

Is every implant the same?

There are many different dental implants in use that are typically shaped like small screws, cylinders or plates. More Most are made of metal (titanium) that are surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum. Certain implant types are placed under the gum but not into the bone, but these are less common nowadays. At Save On Dental Care Clinic we use conventional 100% titanium implants that are placed into the jawbone. We offer Nobel Biocare, Alpha Bio, 3i and Wital implants. All are commonly used and well known across Europe including the UK and Ireland, and America. Between the different brands and types there are small differences (eg shape) but all can be used in the widest variety of cases. Our selection of implants solely include dental implants from the highest quality, with 15 years to Lifetime warranty. Less

Can one have immediate implant?

Yes, implants can be fitted immediately even on your first visit to the dentist if you decide to start the treatment. More The dentist will only suggest to delay the treatment in case there is a higher risk of failure due to a certain medial or oral condition that needs to be treated first: eg: gum disease, infection, lower likeliness of osseointegration etc. Less

What is the guarantee?

Save On Dental Care - SODC Dental Clinic offers guarantee for all permanent dental appliances. More Each dental implant screw comes with 15 years or Lifetime guarantee. The guarantee covers repair or replacement of the dental prosthesis, and includes a package of services for dental tourists (free yearly check-up, including x-ray, travel cost reimbursement etc, please visit our guarantee and aftercare page for more information) Less

How to book my appointment for a consultation?

You can book your appointment by e-mail or phone (lnk to contact page). More Our colleges will gladly help with travel arrangements for a one day free consultation, or in case you wish to leave time to start your treatment immediately they will advise about the length of stay and help with any further query you may have. Less

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