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General

Dental implantology is a well documented treatment option which gives perfectly safe and long term results.

Nowadays, we can provide solutions for most of your dental problems. The importance of selecting an experienced surgeon, the application of the correct techniques and  the materials used will play a crucial role in your implant journey.

Dental implants are designed to provide a strong support for the placement of artificial teeth, which have the same feeling and look of natural teeth. Dental implants regain  the ability to eat and smile with confidence.

Important implant tips

The extraction of the tooth ideally needs to be performed by the surgeon who will later complete the implant placement.

The placement of the implant prostheses should be done by the surgeon who inserted the implant.

The work has to be performed in an organised environment where solid protocols are used.

A well planned follow up and maintenance routine need to be established.

The regeneration techniques should be done with recognised materials and implementation of proper technique.

Surgical times

After the loss of a tooth, dental implant surgery can be performed in three different time protocols.spacer height=”20px”]

Immediate Placement (during the same appointment, after tooth extraction)

Early placement (4-8 weeks after a tooth extraction)

Late Placement (3-6 months after tooth extraction) Teeth that have been missing for longer than 6 months also come under a late placement

Bone Growth Techniques

Bone defects in the jaw are a very common complication. In order to achieve long term results we need to repair and regenerate these defects. Depending on the case there are several suitable techniques and bone graft materials that we can use in order to achieve the desirable bone regeneration.

Protocols

Our  clinic uses the following techniques and materials.

Guided Bone Regeneration

The technique of guided bone regeneration takes place simultaneously or prior to the implant placement. Sterile, modified bone graft materials are combined with your own autogenous bone chips, this will repair and regenerate the bone defect.

There are four types of bone graft material that we can use in this technique.

  • Autogenous bone (patients own bone)
  • Bovine/Porcine bone graft
  • Alograft (Human bone graft from a donor)
  • Calcium based bone graft (made in a laboratory)

Dr Konstantinos Loukas is providing bone graft to almost 100% of his cases. His graft of choice is 60 -70% autogenous.

Sinus Lift

In many cases prior to implant placement in the maxilla we find that the bone in relation to the bottom cavity of the sinus does not have enough height to support the implant. In these cases we need to perform an operation that slightly changes the anatomy of the sinus and increases the height of the bone, the so-called ‘Sinus Lift’

Soft Tissue Graft

The soft tissue graft is usually necessary in the anterior region. in many cases after bone loss, soft tissue (gingiva) loss will also follow. For biological and aesthetic reasons we need to repair the soft tissue loss. As a result we need to collect a soft tissue graft from the pallet and transfer it to the area of interest. This procedure will increase the thickness of a patients soft tissue, which will significantly improve the final result.


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