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Get Full Set of Teeth in Single Visit!
(Revolutionary Basal Implants System Gives Immediate Results!)

Full Mouth Restoration Treatment Package

1. First Visit (duration: 5 working days, e.g. Mon-Fri)

The main part of the treatment takes place during the first visit. All extractions (if needed) and the implants are put simultaneously in a single session during the first day. The average duration of the session is about 3 hours, it is painless under local anaesthesia. During the next days several follow ups take place. On the 3rd day usually, the new teeth are cemented over the implants and you go home with new smile!

See how it looks: Before and 5 days after with Temporary Bridges

  • - Full Expert Consultation
  • - Panoramic X-Ray
  • - Conscious IV sedation (where your general health allows)
  • - Extractions (if needed)
  • - Root Canals (if needed)
  • - Up to 20 implants (made in Switzerland) for both upper and lower jaws
  • - Flapless surgery method of implantation (less invasive than conventional) 1
  • - 2 x high quality non metal long term provisional bridges (not dentures!) made by CAD/CAM computer based technology
  • - 5 years warranty of the implants, bridges & crowns 2
  • - Free airport transfers
  • - Accommodation booking assistance

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During the first visit you have to pay only the amount above, nothing more! 3

2. Second Visit (after: 6-18 months; duration: 8 working days, e.g. Wed-Fri)

After the first stage of the treatment, when the implants are already put, there is a 6 - 18 months' healing period. A natural process of remodelling of the gum under the bridges starts. This can cause some spaces (between the gum and bridges) to appear. At the second visit this is corrected with a new set of permanent porcelain fused to metal bridges. By that time, the gum has already adjusted to the implants and have taken its stable form. The new bridges are created to perfectly match this new gum line, thus covering the gaps. This assures that you get the best aesthetic results and the treatment is finished.

See how it looks 1 year after with: Permanent Bridges

  • - Full Expert Consultation
  • - Panoramic X-Ray
  • - 2 x high quality porcelain fused to metal (PFM) permanent bridges (not dentures!) made by CAD/CAM computer based technology
  • - Free airport transfers
  • - Accommodation booking assistance

Price:

Currency:

During the second visit you have to pay only the amount above, nothing more! 3

Contact us for more information!

1 Flapless surgery method will be applied where possible. In some cases it's not applicable.
2 Guarantee covers material defects of the bridges and implants. It's valid in our clinic in Sofia. A guaranty of the medical service and success of the treatment can not be offered, since the practice of dentistry and surgery is not an exact science and healing is quite individual process, which depends on the patient’s ability for recovery. Nevertheless usually we help either free of charge or at a significantly reduced price, if single implants or prosthetic part must be exchanged due to unexpected events.
3 This price does not include any bank transaction fees. Payment by card is subject to 2% surcharge.

DISCLAIMER: Treatment plan can be confirmed only after thorough clinical examination in Smile Dental Services Clinic in Sofia. The extent of the necessary measures in terms of surgery and treatment cannot be predicted, as this can only be determined when treatment starts. We reserve the right to make alterations for medical reasons and practicability.

Dental Implants Restorations Calendar 2016/2017
Full Mouth or Single Jaw Immediate Loading Procedures
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Always ask for explicit written confirmation before you book your flights!
Last update: 09:41 BST 19 Sep 2016

Advantages of Basal Implant System

BOI & BCS implants are the most advanced system within the group of Basal Implants. In combination with other single piece implants they enable dental reconstruction for almost every patient. It is even suitable for people who have previously failed implantation procedures due to insufficient jaw bones and bone recession.

What is basal implantation? Bone is composed of an internal spongy (cancellous) portion which is covered with dense bone layer (corticalis). Each basal implant is placed in at least two places trough the corticalis (so called bi-cortical support). The corticalis used for anchoring of the basal implants is highly mineralized bone, with high potential of regeneration. This ensures the highest level of integration of the implants and allows their immediate loading. Basal implants differ from crest (conventional) implants in the manner of placing, the manner of force distribution, but primarily by the planning and execution of the prosthetic construction and post-operative regime.


Single Piece (Monoblock) Basal Implants
KOS, BCS, BECES & KOS Series


Revolutionary shape and design of the basal implants help in treating a big variety of cases which with the conventional two-three piece crestal implants cannot. Many of basal implants have smooth surface which do not allow bacterial colonization on surfaces which many times lead to peri-implantitis and implant lost. Peri-implantitis is the most common cause for failure of conventional implants. This happens mostly because of the rough implant surface as well as the interface problems between the multiple parts of the implant (implant-abutment link). The use of monoblock, smooth surface basal implants minimize the threat of peri-implantitis by almost 98%.


Implant Surface
98% less chance of peri-implantitis and implant lost

Conventional Implants
Rough Surface

Rough surface of conventional (crestal) implants have a great potential to harbor bacteria which means higher risk of peri-implantitis

Basal Implants
Smooth Surface

Smooth surface of basal implants do not allow bacterial colonization and eliminates the risk of peri-implantitis almost completely


The Basal implant system surgery has been used in dentistry for over 25 years. Because there is very little pain involved with the flapless procedures, more patients accept dental implants more easily.

Flapless approeach is being applied where possible. In some cases it's not applicable or not recommended.


Immediate Loading Protocol
Go home with teeth immediately after the treatment!

Basal implants are primary designed for immediate loading. 72 hours straight after the implants have been inserted our patients get their bridges loaded over the implants. There is no need to wait through a long recovery time with help of our dental technician your new full set of teeth will be fixed in place within 3-5 business days.


Avoid Bone Graft & Sinus Lift
Save time, discomfort and money, get immediate result!

There is not need any more for long and painful procedures for bone augmentation - sinus lift, bone graft. Basal implants utilize not only bone height but also the bone width. That's why it is possible to treat cases where traditional systems advices preliminary bone augmentation procedures. Even diabetic patients, smokers and patients with severe gum disease CAN be treated with equal success.


Patients with Diabetes
Less liability to infections

Conventional dental implants are usually contra-indicated for use in patients with diabetes. The main reason is because diabetes is connected with co-morbidities, including high liability to infections, impaired wound healing, gingivitis, periodontitis and other related gum diseases and disorders. However basal implants give very good results in controlled diabetic patients, simply because their smooth surface reduced the probability of sustaining development of bacteria infection on their surface. Even more, the area that bear the load (basal cortical bone) is far away from the areas of crestal alveolar bone where bacteria attempt to invade (in the case of conventional or crestal implants /called also by the name of bone where they are anchored/).


Patients Smokers
Implants load bearing area is far away from the area affected generally by smoking

Smoking is well known negative factor in implant restorations, because it cuts the blood flow to the oral tissue. This slows the healing process and leads to higher risk of gingivitis and gingival recession, in turn which leads to peri-implantitis. In smokers, the osseo-integration may be compromised, leading to the failure of the entire restoration. In case of basal implants and immediate loading the load bearing areas are far away from the areas affected by smoking. The early stage loaded bridges also protect the gums from direct exposure of the smoke.

However, you have to keep in mind that smoking has very cancerogenic effect to the surgical area. We strongly discourage smoking during the healing phase, at least the first 3 days after the surgery.


Patients with Severe Gum Disease (Periodontitis)

In patients with severe gum disease, conventional dental implants are contra indicated. This is mainly because of higher risk of gingival infections causing implants failure. Usually the patients have multiple loose and mobile teeth, which are painful. The inflammed gums bleed easily. However, smooth surface basal implants work excellent, because they have less probability of development of bacteria infection and the load bearing are is far away from the gum regions.

These "hopeless" patients are very good candidates for full mouth restorations with basal implants. Usually during the procedure all remaining teeth (the main source of infection) are extracted and replace with implants. Even these patients, within 3 days get their new teeth loaded over the implants and can smile and eat normally.

Watch a testimonial of our former patient with severe gum disease


5 main points of Basal implantation technique

  1. All patients who request dental implants could be treated, without exception, regardless of the extent of bone loss or the presence of absence of residual teeth.

  2. Only a single surgical visit is required. Basal implants are loaded and splinted immediately or early using long-term provisional bridges.

  3. The low number of surgical and other treatment steps reduces overall cost.

  4. Basal implants hardly interfere with the blood supply to the host bone, at any rate much less than comparable conventional implants.

  5. Patients can quickly resume their normal lives due to Basal Implants immediate loading.


Conventional vs Basal Implants Comparison Table

Basal Implants Conventional Implants
Additional Surgery
bone augmentation, sinus lift, bone graft
No Yes
Healing Time needed No 4-8 Months
Cost Less procedures Less cost More procedures
More cost
Success rate 99% 96%
Main Treatment duration 5 days Several visits in 4-8 months period
Eligibility
Diabetic patients, smokers and patients with severe gum disease CAN be treated with equal success.
Yes No


If you have any questions about the procedure or want to discuss your own situation, then please contact us and we will be happy to deal with your enquiry.


Why to choose Basal implants over conventional one?

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

DISCLAIMER: Although the fact that the basic medical principals are the same, every human and case are individual and there are always exceptions. That's why please read this information as a framework and general knowledge of your possible treatment not as a something fixed. Always ask questions our medical staff regarding your condition and health!

1. Before the treatment

We don’t need a Panoramic X-ray in advance. The basal implant system is very flexible. In 99% of the cases of single jaw or full mouth restoration the reconstruction can be performed immediately without any preliminary procedures like bone graft and sinus lift.

Nevertheless, if you wear full dentures for more than 10 years it's better to send us a Panoramic X-ray prior your visit. Keep in mind that we don't need expensive 3D scans - Panoramic X-ray is enough!

The final decision to go for a full jaw/mouth restoration or just placing several implants is taken after thorough clinical examination and scan assessment. Nevertheless, keep in mind that the overall approach of full jaw/mouth restoration have many advantages over the "filling the gaps" one. There are several reasons for that:

  • The surgeon has more options to position the implants and choose the best areas of the bone. This assures optimal implant anchorage. This is not valid in “filling the gaps” approach. In this case the surgeon is limited to operate only in the area of the missing tooth where the bone quality is not always good.

  • Immediate loading protocol can be applied successfully only when big sector is being restored. This way, even at the first stage of the treatment, you get all the aesthetic and functional benefits of this protocol. Sector restorations of small segments do not allow immediate loading to be performed.

  • Several implants connected with a bridge work as a system. Thus, the durability of every single implant is improved. The bridge acts as a splint which strengthens also the implants. Single implants are much more vulnerable and liable to strong chewing forces in the mouth and can more easily fail.

It is important to point out that a full jaw/mouth restoration doesn’t mean extraction of all teeth. Those that are with good long term prognosis will be preserved, treated and will become an integral part of the construction.

The prices of full mouth/single jaw restoration packages are fixed and do not depend on the number of implants. We offer an overall solution not a number of implants.

The treatment packages contain enough implants - up to 20 for full mouth and up to 10 for single jaw restorations. The number of implants that you will get highly depends on the condition of your bone. Many times the decision is taken even intraoperatively, during the procedure. Anyway, just to satisfy your curiosity, the most probable number of implants that you will get is about 6-8 per jaw.

No, the number of implants is not equal to the number of crowns. First, you should know that there is a difference between an implant and a crown. Implants are the base. They are artificial substitutes of the roots of your own teeth which are being anchored into the bone. The crowns are the visible part over the implants.

In restorations of full jaw/mouth with implants the recommended approach is circular (superstructure) bridge to be used instead of single crowns. There are many reasons for that. The main point is, that it is not always possible to put an implant at the corresponding position of every tooth - it depends on the bone. Another point is, because single implants are much more vulnerable and exposed to the big chewing forces than several implants covered by а bridge - the bridge in this case has a role of а splint which strengthens the implants. The average number of teeth that you could expect to have on your bridges is 12 units (for every bridge). In some cases with severe bone loss it could be 10. Usually, these numbers are enough to have aesthetics and function restored.

It may look as the jaws are two separate parts in our mouth but they work as a whole system. If we have a problem with one of the jaws, often there’s an ongoing problem with the other one too. To achieve best long term results of the restoration, it is important to balance the chewing forces. If not, overloading of the implants and failure of the treatment are possible.

For example, you have missing teeth on your lower right and want to have an upper jaw restoration. This situation will lead to unilateral chewing pattern with possible overloading on your top left implants. You will chew on the left side only because of the missing antagonist on your lower right.

Sometimes this balance can be achieved without treatment of the opposite jaw. However, many times treatment and restoration of the both jaws is necessary. And that’s the reason why many times we recommend full mouth restoration, despite the fact that the opposite jaw is seemingly fine, with the “minor” problems only.

If there are teeth with good long term prognosis and stable roots, there’s no need to extract them. In this case usually a root canal treatment is performed. This means that the nerve of the tooth is removed, the root is being cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.

Then these teeth become part of the construction under the bridge. If later on a problem occurs, usually it can be treated through the bridge. The only problem that needs the bridge to be removed is the extraction of a tooth. In this case, if the bridge could be removed intact it can be used again. Otherwise a new bridge has to be created. However, the expected life of such tooth is years and that’s why we consider leaving such a tooth a better choice rather than replacing it with implant.

The direct answer to this question is - yes, it is possible. However, this is a decision to be taken in a discussion between doctor and patient and must be informed. It is not always only a matter of money - there are several matters to be taken in consideration:

  • duration - if restoration of the second jaw is done at a later stage, the treatment period as a whole is doubled - one more visit is necessary. Travel and accommodation expenses as well double, as the out of office period.
  • balance - the jaws have to be matched in order to have the correct bite. If the jaws are done separately, this could be a certain limitation in finding the best balance between them.
  • aesthetics - the outlook of the both jaws will be different in the period while the second one is not being restored yet.
  • money - you would have to pay 2 x single jaw restoration packages which is about 19% more expensive than the full mouth restoration.
  • personal - anyway, there are always specific medical issues that have to be taken into account.

Once the implants are integrated into the bone successfully, if proper care is taken, they should last for a lifetime. Of course, our body changes all the time and that’s why nobody can guarantee specific length of time, but in general they are supposed to last for a lifetime.

The temporary bridges are made of high quality non metal polymer. The process is guided by CAD/CAM computer technology.

The permanent bridges are made of high quality porcelain fused to metal (PFM), again guided by CAD/CAM computer based technology.

Recently we’ve decided to discontinue the use of zirconium oxyde bridges. The reason is that the excessive solidness of the core could be a problem if something happens with the implants below. The removal of the bridge sometimes means just cutting it. With zirconium this can be really a problem and may lead to additional damages of the otherwise stable implants. Many people believe that zirconium is quite different in aesthetic from PFM but they don’t know that both types of bridges have the same visible layer - porcelain - the closest material to the human teeth enamel. The difference is the core. The connection between the porcelain and zirconium oxyde is weaker than the metal, which makes zirconium bridges more prone to fractures of the visible layer.

If you decide to come for treatment at our clinic, you need to pick up an available slot from our restoration calendar. You will receive a written confirmation from us that the slot is put on hold for you (you will as well see your initials under it with status - pending) and you can proceed booking your flight tickets. When you get them, you should forward the flight reservations to us as a confirmation of your intention. Then you will be officially included in our calendar.

It is advisable at least to coordinate your accommodation with us. This will help you avoid inappropriate hotels and areas. We can offer you several proven hotels and apartments on a walking distance (or at least with good subway connections) to the clinic. They offer special rates for our patients. When we have your flight tickets as a confirmation and your room preference we can make a reservation in your favor. You would not be charged in advance for that. You can pay for the accommodation at your check-out time with your card or in cash in EUR or Bulgarian Leva.

We also offer free transfers from and to the airport.

2. 1st visit

During the first visit, the main part of the treatment takes place. Usually the job is being done for up to 4-5 working days. For example, if the dental work starts on Monday/Tuesday, you can leave Bulgaria next Saturday.

Usually we start with a fresh scan assessment, general health checkup, discussion of the treatment plant with our doctors, clearing the payment.

The extractions and the placement of the implants are performed the same day, in a single session. Then several follow ups take place. On the 3rd day usually, the new teeth are cemented over the implants. The temporary teeth are non-metal long term provisional bridges. Temporary bridges are necessary to be used, so that the implants have time to fuse well with the bone and the gum line to get stable form.

Payment has to be cleared before the treatment starts, after your acceptance of the treatment plan.

Yes, we provide oral or IV conscious sedation which helps you to feel relaxed during the implantation session. Type of the sedation depends on your general health and level of anxiety. The sedation is included in the price.

Oral or IV conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear of the procedure. Though sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses. This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells or noises associated with the procedure.

Most of the drugs used in sedation dentistry are classified as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia and seizures. Here are some of the most common drugs that we use in oral conscious sedation: Midazolam, Valium, Xanax.

The surgery and the implant placement is usually performed under local anesthesia. This type of anesthesia is absolutely enough not to feel pain during the surgery. To avoid further discomfort after the surgery we’ll give you additional painkillers.

The extractions and the placement of implants are performed simultaneously in a single session. Usually, its duration is about 3 hours.

In most of the cases where mass extraction is required the teeth are affected by gum disease and are already weak. Extracting teeth in "bad shape" usually is much easier than healthy teeth. Anyway everything is very individual but when well managed with painkillers in postoperative period, usually our patients don’t report great discomfort even after mass extraction.>

After the procedure you should be in a good general condition and you would be able to walk alone. However, you will be accompanied to your hotel by a staff member or our driver if your hotel is not on walking distance.

During the first several days after the surgery you should consume liquid or pureed/strained food. Some of the hotels (like Crystal Palace) we work with are aware of the special needs our patients have and would blend meals from the menu upon request. It’s also recommended to avoid hot food. Over the next few days you will slowly progress to more solid food.

On the first day of your treatment the implants would be placed and usually on the third day the temporary bridge is cemented. So, during this period you would have some time without teeth which you could spend resting. During that time the wounds from the extractions/implants will recover a bit before the cementation of the temporary bridges.

The stitches we use are biodegradable. The manufacturer gives up to 3 months for resorption. Usually this happens earlier but it's very individual. If it feels uncomfortable, you can always ask for appointment with your local dentist for early removal after 14 days.

3. 2nd visit

During the second visit we switch from temporary to permanent bridges. The second visit usually happens 6-18 months later and it takes about 8 working days. It is longer than your first visit because the production of the permanent bridges (porcelain fused to metal - PFM) is a much more time consuming process. It involves several stages in the dental lab and several follow ups during your stay.

After the implants are placed, at the first stage of the treatment, there’s a 6-18 month healing period. During that time a process of remodeling of your gum will start. It is natural and can’t be avoided anywhere /regardless of the clinic/. This shrinkage usually causes the appearence of some space between the gum and the bridges. It may bring some discomfort regarding the cleaning process, but it’s preferred by most patients compared to the option to wear full removable dentures like in traditional method of implantation with postponed loading. After the 6th month usually the most substantial shrinkage is over and you can start planning your second visit. Of course, if you feel that your gums are still remodelling, you can wait several months more, this is not contradictory.

At the second visit the gaps that have appeared are corrected with a new set of permanent porcelain fused to metal bridges. The new bridges are created to fit well your already stable gumline. Аt this stage you get the best aesthetic results.

Keep in mind that throughout our lives there is a continuous process of gum shrinking and nobody can guarantee that your gums would not shrink further more. But if after the healing period further shrinkage appears, it could not be directly connected with the treatment itself.

Usually our advice is to start planning your visit after the 6th month when you feel that your gums are not changing as before. Average time for planning is 2 months in advance. For the summer period we advise to consider 3-4 months in advance in order to avoid unnecessary high tickets expenses.

During the removal of your temporary bridges there are two possible scenarios. In case they are unloaded easily and remain intact, they can be loaded again after taking the impressions. There's also a chance that the bridges break and it's not possible to use them again. In this case you will have to stay for about a week without teeth until the final bridges are loaded.

4. Aftercare

Guarantee covers material defects of the bridges and the implants. It's valid in our clinic in Sofia. A guaranty of the medical service and success of the treatment can not be offered, since the practice of dentistry and surgery is not an exact science and healing is quite individual process, which depends on the patient’s ability for recovery.

Nevertheless usually we help either free of charge or at a significantly reduced price, if single implants or prosthetic part must be exchanged due to unexpected events.

The guarantee can be limited or even invalidated if the following happens:

  • Oral hygiene is neglected.
  • Dentist's instructions are not followed.
  • The gum tissue shrinked or the bone is naturally reducing.
  • Substantial amount of weight loss or weight gain within a short period of time.
  • A general illness is present which has adverse effects on the chewing organ (e.g. epilepsy, osteoporosis, after-condition excessive X-rays or chemotherapy).
  • Inappropriate selection of the color and shape of the dental crowns by the patient (during the preparation period, patients are given the opportunity to choose their color preference however, Smile Dental Services - Bulgaria cannot be held responsible for the decision of the patient if decide later that they do not like the color or shape.
  • Damage caused by accidents, sports or any third party when another dentist carries out treatment on a guaranteed work without our approval/ knowledge.
  • Damage caused by extreme stress (grinding at night, grip of the teeth).
  • Smoking or drug abuse.
  • Guarantee for root canal treatments can't be offered.
  • If our clinic is not notified in reasonable time frame for the problem.

Although not a common issue, it could happen that the temporary bridge gets detached. In this case, please contact us. Usually you have two options. The first is to catch the next flight and visit our clinic to glue it here. In this case, medical service will be free of charge. The second option is to find a local dentist to do it. In this case you have to pay the medical service by yourself.

The bridge could get damaged by accident in the same way as the natural teeth. If you have such a problem, please contact us to determine the extent of the problem. Usually in such case you have to visit us to replace or repair the bridge. If covered by the guarantee, the medical service will be free of charge.

Aftercare is very important if you wish to have long-lasting implants. Implants don’t require any special cleaning. You can take care in them the same way like for natural teeth. It is recommended to use soft brush after every meal or at least twice a day (morning, evening).

We don’t recommend using any type of mouthwash. Usually, it is very active and aggressive towards the gums and could provoke further shrinkage. During the first several weeks after the implantation it’s good for the gums to rinse with salty water (add 1/2 a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water, not hot!).

Regular check-ups (every 6 months) after the initial treatment are recommended so that the implants are regularly monitored. If the dentist should discover an issue at an early stage, we can plan appropriate treatment to remedy the matter. You can visit your local dentist also for routine check-up. If you have any questions or difficulties, you can contact us.

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