In today’s blog from Dental Center 4Smile, you will find out everything you might be interested in about dental implants. Dental implants, possible complications, which are the best, experiences, the dental implantation procedure, etc.

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Until the mid-20th century, the only solution for tooth loss were removable dentures or fixed dental bridges, depending on the patient’s preferences and financial abilities. Removable dentures caused discomfort due to impaired function and poorer aesthetics. Ceramic dental bridges were never a bad solution. However, it is necessary to maintain extremely good oral hygiene, and sometimes healthy teeth need to be completely ground down for the placement of a dental bridge. Also, both types of prosthetic work have a limited lifespan and need to be replaced over time.

With the appearance of dental implants in 1965, the first dental implant was placed, leading to a revolution in dentistry!

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Unlike removable dentures, dental implants have proven to provide a high level of satisfaction among patients as a solution for tooth replacement. Dental implants are surgically placed and unlike dental bridges, they do not affect adjacent teeth. Since dental implants are stable, they make life easier and more comfortable than other forms of tooth replacement.

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Dental implantation procedure

Considering that each patient is unique and that the possibilities of creating a treatment plan depend on the patient’s age, remaining bone in the jaws, the reason for tooth loss, and systemic diseases; a personalized treatment plan is made for each patient at Dental Center 4Smile.

Before even starting to plan the implantation of dental implants, especially in older patients, it is necessary to take a panoramic X-ray of the jaws and a CBCT (3D) scan of the jaws.

If tooth extraction is necessary at the site where the implant should be placed, it is necessary to wait 2-3 months for the bone to regenerate before the dental implantation surgery can be performed.

This is followed by the placement of the dental implant or several of them. After the dentist in Zagreb, Ivan Antolković, places dental implants, the gum tissue is “closed” at the implantation site by stitching, and then it takes 3 to 6 months for the dental implant to osseointegrate – i.e., for the dental implant to naturally integrate with the jawbone so that it can replace the natural tooth root.

After the osseointegration process, the dental implant is opened, and a gingival former is placed – i.e., the gum tissue above the implant is opened, and a small “plug” is placed to form the gum tissue so that the abutment and dental crown can be placed on it.

After 2 weeks, prosthetic work is performed – i.e., placing the abutment on the dental implant and cementing the ceramic dental crown.

Dental implant surgery

The surgical procedure for dental implant placement is completely painless and is performed under local anesthesia. Dental implant placement surgery is minimally invasive, and its duration depends on the number of dental implants being placed.

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Dental implant placement immediately after tooth extraction

Practice dictates that the wound after tooth extraction should be left for 2-3 months for the bone tissue to heal, to give it time to heal. However, clinical findings in the last 20 years have shown a 95% success rate in dental implant placement immediately after tooth extraction into the extraction socket. Unfortunately, not all patients are candidates for so-called immediate implantation.

Ideal candidates are patients whose teeth are not affected by inflammatory processes, who have sufficient thickness of dental bone, and in whom the alveolar bone walls are preserved. Immediate implantation is performed on the same day as tooth extraction or in some cases a few weeks later.

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Dental implant complications

Complications with dental implants most commonly occur if the protocols for dental implant placement are not followed. Before dental implant placement, it is necessary to ensure that the entire oral cavity is healthy, especially the “gum tissue” known as the periodontium. 

Complications can arise if, for example, a dental implant is placed in a patient with active gum inflammation – periodontitis and transfer of infection from another part of the jaw to the implant site. Also, as a preventive measure, it is always necessary to start taking an antibiotic prescribed by your dentist in Europe, Ivan Antolković, the day before the procedure and to emphasize it.

Dental Implant Complications

It is very important to inform yourself well about which dentist will perform the dental implant placement since complications can also occur due to non-sterile surgical instruments.

As a result of these complications, implant rejection most often occurs.

In Dental Center 4Smile, dentist in Zagreb, Ivan Antolković, follows the protocol for dental implant placement properly and does not agree to dental implantation without first treating all existing infections and cavities in the oral cavity. 

Dental implant rejection symptoms

Dental implant rejection is extremely rare but can happen. In addition to the already mentioned causes of complications, this primarily depends on the quality of the patient’s bone and their body. People with weaker immune systems are more likely to experience implant rejection. This risk is increased in smokers, as well as in patients using certain types of medications. It is very important that during consultations with the dentist, you mention if you have been prescribed any medications for any type of illness. Also, as we have already emphasized, it is extremely important that your dentist follows all protocols for dental implant placement. The first symptoms are usually acute pain, mobility of structures, odor, and redness.

The success rate of dental implant placement at Dental Center 4Smile and with dentist in Zagreb, Ivan Antolković, is 100%. If a detailed diagnosis is made, the oral cavity is cleaned of bacteria, and all protocols are followed, there is a very small chance of dental implant rejection.

Dental implant experiences

As previously mentioned, dentist in Zagreb Ivan Antolković has a 100% success rate in dental implant placement. Likewise, on our Facebook page Dental Center 4Smile, you can check numerous testimonials and experiences of Dental Center 4Smile patients. Patient health is our top priority!

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What are the best dental implants

In the world, there are over 300 certified dental implant manufacturers and probably an equal number of uncertified copies. There are certain manufacturers such as Nobel Biocare, Straumann, and Ankylos that have been on the market for over 40 years. They are considered the best and most expensive dental implants on the market. Quality and price are confirmed based on years of existence in the market and clinical experience. However, there are also dental implants that are certified, proven to be of high quality, but since they have not been on the market for so long, they have a slightly lower price.

The most important thing when deciding on dental implant placement is to inquire if that dental implant has its quality booklet, i.e., its certificate stating the serial number of the dental implant and the position of the tooth, which also serves as a guarantee for the dental implant. 

Dental implant prices

The biggest advantage of dental implants is their longevity. With proper oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime! Other types of restorations need to be replaced periodically, which again affects the household budget. Dental implants are initially more expensive, but they are actually a one-time investment in the future of your smile.

Additionally, dental implants are extremely versatile. They can replace a single tooth, or they can even anchor an entire arch of removable or fixed dentures

The price of a dental implant mostly depends on the manufacturer. There are more expensive ones and some that are slightly cheaper. The most important thing is to check their origin and to be provided with a certificate for the dental implant.

Dental Implants Promotion

If you want to save on dental implants, consider that in addition to the dental implant itself, the price also includes the abutment on the dental implant and the dental crown, so try to find a promotion that includes the price for a complete new tooth.

Several times a year, Dental Center 4Smile offers discounts not only on dental implants but on a complete tooth (dental implant + abutment on the implant + ceramic dental crown on the implant).

In any case, prices of quality work and materials at Dental Center 4Smile is much cheaper than in many other parts of the world, so even with traveling costs included, you are guaranteed to save up a lot on restoration of your smile!

Additionally, you won’t need to worry about organizing your trip to Zagreb, Croatia, because our kind staff will provide you with accommodation close to our clinic and even post-op medication you might need.

All you need to do to take a first step towards your new smile is email us on or contact us on social media such as Instagram or Facebook, and our expert dentist Ivan Antolković will answer all the questions you might have.
Don’t wait any longer to get a new smile, because you will find that your journey is much less complicated than you might expect it to be!