For more than 25 years, we have been specializing in the use of Dental Implants to restore missing teeth. We have the necessary experience and know-how to be able to guarantee an excellent result for our patients. In 2006, doctor Achilleas Sourmelis was the first doctor in Greece to utilize a specialized computer software for 3D digital design of dental implant placement (Computer Guided Implantology – SIMPLANT) and introduced this method in the everyday dental practice. Today, we remain pioneers in the field by continuing to utilize specialized equipment and state-of-the-art technology.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental Implants are metal substitutes for the roots of teeth made of titanium alloys which are surgically placed in the jaws by specialized doctors. They successfully substitute the role of natural teeth that are missing and at the same time help the remaining teeth stay securely in their natural position for much longer. For over 30 years, dental implants are the predominant and best solution for replacing missing teeth, both functionally and biologically.
WHY CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
The technology of Dental Implants is so advanced that the functionality and naturalness they offer cannot be compared with any other method. At the same time, restorations using dental implants achieve a stabilization of the patient’s occlusion which helps maintain the biological activity of the jaw, thus, preventing bone loss and the image of “sinking” in the face.
Dental Implants, if placed correctly, work exactly like natural teeth. They allow the patient to fully regain their chewing ability, improve their articulation but also to regain their smile. Dental Implants are the most advanced and long-lasting method of restoring one or more missing teeth.
COMMON USES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental Implants are used to restore one or more missing teeth, instead of using bridges that require filing down healthy teeth. They are also used to completely restore one or both jaws. Lastly, they can assist in supporting full dentures.
Dental implant surgery takes place in our Clinic’s specially designed treatment room, while the final prosthesis work over the implants can be completed either at our Clinic or with the patient’s personal Dentist.
At Smile Ahead Clinic, the full restoration of a jaw is completed in just a few hours and involves the placement of four (4) to eight (8) implants. The final prosthesis is completed over four (4) visits within two (2) weeks and can be entirely made of porcelain or zirconia. Special cases that show reduced bone density in the jaw and require bone graft reinforcement will need additional time. In these cases we place a fixed temporary restoration work, until the final restoration can be placed.
Cases of patients with considerable bone deficiency are treated by doctor Sourmelis and his colleagues at the Private Hospital HYGEIA. These cases require a different approach for the final prosthesis application. In almost all cases, we first order a CT scan for the patient (Computed Tomography) which is then analysed in 3D using the pioneering surgical software for 3D Computer Guided Implantology – SIMPLANT, which we have been using since 2006.