Dental Implants

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Dental implants are artificial replacements for the root of a tooth, supporting permanent dental prostheses, which are made to last a lifetime. These artificial roots are attached to the bone below the gums where they become one with the jawbone. A crown is placed on top of the implant for a long-lasting and natural smile. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the same function as natural teeth and also help prevent jawbone atrophy. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or even to restore an entire smile.

You knew that…

That about 30 million people live without natural teeth in one or both jaws? But more and more dentists are choosing dental implants as a means of replacing them. The American Academy of Dental Implantology reports that 3 million people today have dental implants—a number that is growing rapidly by about 500,000 per year. Modern titanium implants were first developed in the 1950s, but archaeologists have determined that the ancient Egyptians and Mayans were the first cultures to implant artificial teeth.

Frequently asked questions

Can I get dental implants ?

You may be suitable for dental implants if one or more teeth are missing, if there are broken and general teeth that cannot be restored by any other conservative means, and you are in relatively good general health. The only way to determine if implants are right for you is to schedule an appointment with our dentist Dimitrios Spiliopoulos in Lamia, to determine if you have adequate bone support as well as healthy gums to support the new tooth structure.

What should I expect if my dentist and I decide that dental implants are right for me?

Placing dental implants is a multi-step process that usually takes between 3 and 9 months to complete. It begins with a surgical procedure in which a titanium rod is placed in the area of ​​the missing tooth(s). The gums are sutured over the implant, where it will remain for several months as it integrates with the jawbone. Due to the nature of the implant placement and the procedure averaging 1 to 2 hours, the area will need to be anesthetized. After the time required for osseointegration (integration of the implant with the bone), you will come for the next stage of treatment which is its restoration with a crown.

What kind of care will be needed after the day of surgery ?

It is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling in the area after a dental implant procedure. However, inflammation and pain can be treated with medication to help reduce symptoms. You may be asked to eat only soft foods until the operated area heals.