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Dental Implants Abroad is a Holiday Too, but be Prepared.

Dental Implants Abroad is a Holiday Too, but be Prepared.

Posted on: 08 Jul 2013

Certain arrangements you need to know about before you start treatment. It is accepted practice that you should be given a written summary of your treatment planning discussions, pertaining to your current dental situation and any alternatives, if at all possible, there are to dental implants. This summary should also include an over-view of the anticipated treatment stages and give you some idea of how long treatment is likely to take, how many implants are required and what the fees are expected to be. There may well be other issues specific to your case and these would be dealt with accordingly, which means all your results have to be delivered to the institute and any further requirements have to be adhered to.


IT HAS BEEN EMPHASISED BEFORE, BONE MASS IS CRITICAL                                        

 Routine dental x-rays show large amounts of detail, but in only two dimensions. From these views it is generally possible to judge the height of bone available for implant placement, however, more advanced imaging techniques are sometimes needed to determine the equally important bone width, which can otherwise only be estimated from clinical examination, which is impossible between you being in the UK and the planned dental implants being in Hungary.

There are now advanced x-ray techniques available (Dental CT Scans) which allow your jaw bone to be looked at in all three-dimensions and the most accurate and widely available is known as the CT (computed tomography) scan. Images obtained by CT scanning will normally be able to show all of the information required about your bone, including quantity and quality, but most importantly the presence of anatomical structures that must be avoided. All this may be correlated with the dental implant centre in Budapest, arranged locally and transferred to them.

WHICH ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES ARE REFERRED TO WHICH YOU HAVE TO AVOID?    

In the upper jaw, provided the implants stay within the bone that once supported your own teeth there are really no important risk areas. If you have missing upper back teeth then the shape and location of the maxillary sinus (the region above the roots) will be shown. The maxillary sinuses can be seen on most x-rays and are therefore readily avoided, the CT Scan just allows much more detail.

In the lower jaw the most important anatomical structure to be avoided is the ‘inferior dental nerve’. This nerve runs from the area behind the wisdom teeth, passes under the molars and emerges onto the skin of the face in the region where your premolar teeth are, or used to be.                      

Interesting to know, that idn nerve is the reason why a normal dental anaesthetic, even when placed right at the back of the mouth, still produces a numb lip.If this nerve is disturbed or damaged during the placement of dental implants it can lead to temporary or even permanent numbness of the lip on the affected side and although this a rare complication, it is one to be avoided at all cost! I am sure you remember drinking with a numbed lip and having the fluid running uncontrollably out your mouth and down your chin, horrid!

A CT scan is the best means for identifying the location of this nerve and allow the surgeon to place the implants with confidence. Despite this equipment being available in Budapest where you go for your dental implants abroad, it needs to be done in preparation and will require a visit to a suitable hospital where the scan is completed within a few minutes. CT scans are more expensive than routine dental x-rays yet the information provided is invaluable for advanced complex treatment planning, knowing where important anatomical structures are located, to ensure the low cost dental implants will be as successful as any expensive treatment received at home.

 

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