Dental treatment in Lithuania
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Lithuania is rapidly becoming a top destination for medical tourism securing its place on the health travel map. It has long been known for the exceptional medical training quality, top universities producing highly skilled surgeons who constantly improve their expertise abroad, participating in various trainings, conferences and workshops in Sweden, Norway, the USA, Denmark, Germany and many other leading countries.
Recently, medical tourism has been considered on the governmental level in order to make Lithuania a global leader in the industry. Lithuania’s Ministry of Economy signed an agreement with the Medical Tourism Association to guide the process.
The surgeon is active member in scientific community as he attends international seminars to be in touch with the latest developments in the field.
It is commonly thought that the absence of teeth, also called edentulism, is a problem of the elderly people (16.9% of over 65 years of age are completely edentulous). However, the latest study proved that about 29% of all edentulous people are between 34 – 54 years old.
Since dental implants keep the skeleton’s structure of the face they give a younger look. A healthy mouth includes both physical and psychological state. People with dental implants are capable of chewing more correctly than those with dentures or with untreated tooth loss, and they claim to feel more confident.
Removable dentures aggravate chewing certain foods which leads to a more common occurrence of gastrointestinal problems; dentures also speed up gum and bone degeneration. Many people who wear denture noticed getting extra wrinkles, losing muscle tone and having problems to speak clearly because their musculature and tongue movements are not well proportionate to dentures.
Dental implants, on the other hand, work like natural tooth roots. Once an implant is inserted in the jawbone, dentist can anchor a synthetic tooth to it. Dental implants should not increase bone or gum degeneration or influence speech.
Placement of dental implants and synthetic teeth include surgical operations, which are normally done in a few stages. The complete treatment takes from 3 to 9 months. It may seem frightening but most of the time is necessary for healing and waiting for the development of new bone tissue in your jaw.
Normally the dental implant cylinder is initially inserted in your jawbone. This is followed by a recovery period that may continue for several months. Later the abutment is inserted and then your new synthetic tooth is implanted. Synthetic tooth is also known as implant prosthesis or crown.
Inserting the dental implant
During the operation your gum is cut open to reveal the bone. Outlet is then perforated in the jawbone where the dental implant cylinder will be inserted. Since the cylinder will function as a real tooth root, it is inserted deep into the jawbone.
Osseointegration - bone growth
After the metal dental implant cylinder is inserted in your jawbone, osseointegration starts. During the osseointegration, a bone tissue grows into an implant and bands together with the surface of the dental implant. Osseointegration, which normally takes from 2 to 6 months, helps to supply a firm base for your new synthetic tooth.
Inserting the abutment
When osseointegration is finished, you may need one more procedure to insert the abutment, to which the synthetic tooth will be anchored later. In order to insert the abutment, your gum is cut to reveal the dental implant. The abutment is anchored to the dental implant. This minor procedure is usually done under local anaesthesia. Once the abutment is inserted, the gum tissue is then shut around, but not over the abutment.
Final step - inserting your new artificial teeth
After the abutment is inserted, your gums must recover for 1 or 2 weeks before the synthetic tooth can be anchored. Once your gums recover, you will have a few impressions made of your mouth and persisting teeth. These impressions are used to make the prosthesis — your realistic-looking synthetic tooth, or crown. Prosthesis is constantly screwed or cemented onto an implant abutment.
You may feel some of the common discomforts:
- Oedema of your gums and face
- Bruise in your gums and face
- Ache at the implant area
- Minor bleeding
Dental implant surgeries are highly successful as many people would confirm this. The success rate is, on average, approximately 90 % to 95%. It varies depending on which area of the jawbone is cured.
The front part of the mandible (lower jaw) has the greatest rates of success, often 98%. The front part of the maxilla (upper jaw) has from 90 % to 95% success rates. The back part of the jawbone in both mandible and maxilla has the lowest rates of success, but those are still very high at 85 % to 95%.
- Implant rejection. Failure of an implant or rejection is uncommon but possible. If you are a heavy smoker or have a problem or disorder of your immune system then you are at a higher risk of rejection. That is why it is essential to look after your teeth constantly – both the real and synthetic ones and to visit a dentist regularly. If an implant is rejected, then a bigger one can be inserted.
- When bone grafting is necessary? If your jawbone is not dense enough or is too soft, you may need bone grafting before you can undergo dental implant procedure. That's because the strong chewing movement of your mouth puts a great pressure on your jawbones and if it is not strong enough to sustain the implant, the procedure probably would fail.
With bone grafting, a part of bone is taken out from another area of your jawbone or your organism, e.g. your hip, and transplanted to your jawbone. It may last for 6 to 9 months till the transplanted bone develops enough to sustain a dental implant.