Accidents happen – even to teeth – and sometimes a whole tooth can be lost, but modern medicine makes it possible to restore your beautiful smile once again. In the case of certain traumas and by taking quick action it is possible to reinstall a tooth. But if the tooth is lost, it is possible to replace the lost tooth with a transplant.
This procedure has been available to patients in certain countries for about thirty years, but the relevant know-how and equipment have reached Estonia only in the past few years. Dental transplanting can be performed only by dental surgeons and there has to be a sufficient number of cases to build expertise.
In our clinic these procedures are performed by Dr. Maria Ardel, a dentist and oral surgeon with four years of practice.
Transplanting a tooth is a complicated procedure that involves many specialists from an oral hygienist to an oral surgeon, depending on the specific case, and each case helps to build our team’s expertise. In addition to a skilled team, a dental clinic needs to provide special medical equipment. This is a prerequisite for transplant treatment, but high quality equipment is still not available in most dental clinics.
Dental transplant treatment is a procedure for replacing a missing tooth with a patient's own tooth, which is either in the wrong position or a surplus one, e.g. a healthy wisdom tooth. The transplanting procedure is accompanied by a course of antibiotics and followed by a strict routine of oral hygiene with a special gel and consistent rinsing. Post-surgical recovery takes about two weeks while the tooth is still attached to its adjacent teeth by a supporting wire system. An X-ray image is taken of the tooth regularly once a month to monitor the adjustment process and ensure the absence of complications. Root treatment may be needed following the procedure, but if there are no complications, the tooth performs as a naturally grown one ever after.
Dental implants are much more common for substituting a tooth than dental transplants. Transplanting is best suited for patients under 25 years of age whose root tips are not fully developed yet and in this case there is a better chance that their teeth do not need additional root treatment after transplanting. On the one hand transplanting is a less expensive treatment than implanting, but on the other hand there is a risk of root resorption.