I am a nervous patient. How do I deal with dental fear?
There is no better way to cope with our fears than talk about them. Talk to us and we will take the time to discuss with you your anxieties. Often patients relax once their treatment is thoroughly explained to them and their questions answered. For others a friendly smile and a warm welcome are enough. Dental phobia is a common situation and we are very experienced in dealing with nervous patients.
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth.
Natural teeth consist of the crown and the root. The crown is the visible section that is covered with white enamel. Supporting the crown is the tooth root which extends into the jawbone. The root is the part of the tooth that is effectively replaced by an implant.
There are commonly three parts to what is described as an implant:
1) the implant device itself, which is inserted directly into the bone
2) the abutment, the piece that connects the implant device to the third part
3) the overlying crown or denture.
Today’s implants are predominantly made of titanium, a metal that is bio-compatible and offers strength and durability as well as a unique property of fusing directly to bone – the process known as osseointegration.
Osseointegrated implants can then be used to support prosthetic tooth replacements of various designs and functionality, replacing anything from a single missing tooth to a full arch (all teeth in the upper and lower jaw). These replacement teeth are usually made to match the natural enamel color of each patient which offers a completely natural appearance and a whole new smile.
Greek Dentists are highly qualified and are obliged to fulfill the same regulatory obligations as their colleagues in the other countries of the European Union. They are allowed to practice dentistry in all EU countries. Additionally many dentists in Greece have been trained in the UK, US or Sweden, so you can take advantage of treatment from internationally accredited healthcare professionals. All our dentists are members of the respective Greek council (Attica Dental Association or Heraklion Dental Association). Aditionally Dr. George Antonopoulos is registered with the (British General Dental Council Registration Nr 212676) ,which means that he is allowed to practice in the UK.
According to the World Economic forum 2013 Travel and Tourism Competiveness report Greece ranks 13 out of 140 countries on the criterion of health and hygiene next to the likes of Switzerland, Belgium and Russia.
Dental implants have by now been used for decades and are proven to be safe and effective. Dental implants success rate is on average 98%. Complications from dental implant surgery are rare but as with any medical procedure, there are risks, and these risks may be higher for patients who smoke or have other medical conditions. Risks include: infection, which generally responds to medication; damage to other teeth, tooth roots or sinus problems; fractures; nerve damage that can result in pain, numbness or tingling; inability to complete the procedure due to inadequate jawbone; and implant failure.