How to choose the best clinic for placing dental implants?

Choosing the right implantology clinic is not easy. Your oral health and well-being should be placed in professional and reliable hands. For this reason, we provide you with a guide and an overview of the most important information that you need to consider in order to be well informed and to be able to make a decision which clinic is the best choice for you.

Six important things to consider before choosing a clinic for placing dental implants:

1. Which doctor will perform surgery?

Adequate experience in oral surgery and implantology is the most important factor in the success of dental implant placement.

95% of all dental practices in Croatia do not have oral surgery specialists.

Smile Polyclinic has two oral surgeons in its team: dr.sc. MOM mr.sc. Darko Slovša, dr.dent.med.spec. Specialist in oral surgery and implantology, and Eduardo Yoiti Isomura dr. dent.med. spec. Specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery with many years of experience in implantology and more than 30,000 successfully placed implants.

Advantages of Polyclinic Smile:

  • 2 specialists in oral surgery
  • You will be operated on by an oral surgeon with additional training in implantology
  • We know how to solve potential problems and possible complications during surgery
  • Numerous further training courses in the field of implantology

Holding national and international training courses and lecturing is a sign that you are dealing with a professional and respected doctor.

Dr. Slovša is Straumann ® opinion leader and trainer. He teaches other dentists in Croatia and internationally on current implantology techniques.

Additional training enables more complex problems to be solved effectively.

dr Slovša specializes in implantology and bone regeneration and holds the following scientific titles in implantology:

  • sc. mr.sc. MOM
  • MOM = Master of Oral Medicine in Implantology
  • sc. = Doctor of Science
  • Specialist in implantology DGZI (German Society for Dental Implantology)

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A work permit abroad is evidence of international strength and proof of language skills in the nostrification countries. Such permission also brings additional security for patients.

dr Slovša has permission to practice in 4 European Union countries: Italy, Slovenia, Germany and Croatia.

This is a very important area, crucial for the resolution of complex cases and the success of implant therapy. For example, the Khoury technique for complicated bone defects in Croatia, Italy and Slovenia is only performed by a few clinics, including the Smile Polyclinic.

Our dr Slovša is a specialist in bone defects and an instructor in the Khoury technique:

  • simple defects
  • medium defects (sinus surgeries)
  • complicated defects (repair with bone blocks) – Khoury techniques

2. Importance of materials for dental implants

The materials out of which the implants are made must ensure durability and allow rapid healing. There are over 600 different types of dental implants on the market, few of which are premium but most are low cost (Korea, China and Israel). The world's best-known and largest implant manufacturer is the Swiss company Straumann®. At Smile Polyclinic we use only the highest quality materials, so it is no surprise that we only use STRAUMANN® dental implants.

There are extremely large differences in the quality of the implant material between each supplier, but also in the services that you should receive for a lifetime, such as repairing possible components and sourcing them for the next 20 years.

In our clinic, we only use implants from the world’s largest implant manufacturer, STRAUMANN® from Switzerland. These are considered to be the best, most expensive, and most researched and tested implants on the market! The company itself has existed for more than 60 years with over 20 million implants placed.

Active implants reduce the risk of implantation, heal quickly, prevent possible complications, show 100% success rate even in diabetics!

At the Smile Clinic we use STRAUMANN ROXOLID® ACTIVE IMPLANTS, which are unique in that they promote bone healing, accelerate it and allow rapid loading.

It is important that all components are original and of high quality.

At the Smile Polyclinic, we only use original Straumann abutments with STRAUMANN IMPLANTS.

The certificate is proof that the components are original.

At Smile Polyclinic, all patients receive a certificate for implants, abutments and crowns.

3. Importance of the implant method

Before you start placing dental implants, it is necessary to have a CT scan of your jaw and perform all the necessary preoperative procedures so that the implant placement goes smoothly.Advanced technologies such as computer-assisted implantology, when used, contribute significantly to the success of the implantation. The use of minimally invasive methods accelerates the recovery process itself.

Today it is considered a big mistake to insert implants without a previous CT scan!

At Smile Polyclinic we never place an implant without a CT scan. This provides security, longevity of the implant and facilitates the surgical process.

Additional programs help with the planning of the implantation (e.g. bone density measurement, virtual surgery, etc.) and give you additional security when placing the implants.

At the Smile Clinic we use the 3SHAPE software (IMPLANTSTUDIO®) and STRAUMANN CODIAGNOSTIX® for a perfect positioning of your new implants in the best area of your bone material.

Using 3D-guided computer implantology, new implants can be placed perfectly, usually without using a scalpel and opening the gingiva, or using the so-called transgingival technique.

Thanks to the CT device, digital scanners, 3D printers and special software and knowledge that we have, at Smile Polyclinic we are able to make a special 3D template for computer-assisted painless, safely guided implantology within only 45 minutes.

Primary stability is one of the key elements for a successful implantation.

The Smile Clinic has 4 devices for measuring the stability of implants during the operation itself (1 x W&H special physiodispenser, 2 x OSTELL and 1 x MEGQUICK digital device)

4. Importance of therapeutic procedures

Therapeutic procedures such as premedication, sedation and rest, as well as additional services before, during and after the placement of dental implants facilitate and accelerate the implantation process itself and the course of recovery. At Smile Dental Clinic, all these additional services are included in the price of implant placement.

It is important that you are given all the necessary medication: sedatives (if necessary), painkillers, decongestants and antibiotics so that you are fully protected before the start of the surgery.

At our clinic, we do not insert a single implant without providing the patient with all the necessary premedication.

Ozone has the property of acting as a local antibiotic, destroying 99% of all bacteria, viruses and fungi. For this reason, the use of ozone after the procedure is one of the proven methods to protect against possible postoperative infections that can lead to implant rejection.

After each operation at Smile Polyclinic, it is standard practice to disinfect the operation area with a dental ozone device to speed up healing and eliminate possible bacteria. This additional service is worth €100 and is completely free with us.

Absorbable thread breaks down on its own and you don’t have to come and pull the threads, but it’s also more expensive than ordinary thread.

At Smile Clinic we use special absorbable anti-infectives that are self-degrading for the quickest possible postoperative recovery.

Plasma and stem cells obtained from your blood are used during the implantation procedure and improve the success of the surgery.

At Smile Clinic, we take a small amount of blood from the patient and then remove the stem cells, which we place around the implants so that they heal faster, better and with less pain. This additional service worth €250 is completely free with us.

The laser has properties of biostimulating wound healing and reducing possible postoperative pain.

After each operation in our Smile Polyclinic, it is standard practice to biostimulate the surgical area with a special dental laser to speed up healing and reduce postoperative pain. This additional service worth €100 is completely free with us.

After the procedure, each patient of the Smile Polyclinic receives a gift package with products for the quickest possible postoperative recovery.

It is important that you have the opportunity, especially if complications arose during the procedure, to have a new CT or panoramic scan immediately in the clinic.

At Smile Clinic, thanks to the CT-ECO panoramic device that we have in all our premises, we can immediately take all the additional necessary images for our patients, during and after the procedure.

5. Importance of prosthetics and laboratory

A technologically advanced digital laboratory certified by the Straumann® company is certainly one of the great advantages in the field of implant prosthetics. The ability to create a prototype of the finished work is now a “must-be” for any reputable dental clinic focused on high-quality implant placement.

At the Smile Clinic, we take a digital impression of the implants with a special 100% accurate Trios 3Shape intraoral camera.

The creation of a prototype allows a testing and eventual adjustment of the work before proceeding to the creation of the finished work.

In order to create a perfect finished work, at the Smile Clinic we create a 3D model of the finished work on the computer in order to enable a testing in the mouth.

Having your own laboratory on the premises of the clinic has many advantages when preparing your final work.

At Smile Clinic we have our own digital laboratory on the clinic premises, which is fully equipped for the production of the highest quality prosthetic replacements and implants. We have our own scanners for impressions and models. CAD-CAM technology ensures maximum precision.

The laboratory technicians at the Smile Clinic teach and train on the subject of implantology at national and international level.

An additional certification by the implantology company raises the quality level and guarantees the control of all steps in the production of prosthetic work.

The Smile Clinic has a certified digital Straumann laboratory fully equipped for the production of the highest quality prosthetic replacements and implants.

Thanks to its equipment and expertise, the Smile Clinic laboratory can quickly create new teeth: small jobs are completed in just 1 to 3 hours and larger ones in 24 hours.

It matters a lot whether the lab is making zirconia or metal-ceramic crowns and how they are made (analogue or digital).

At the Smile Clinic we manufacture the most precise CAD-CAM crowns from the best zircon from the manufacturer Ivoclar Vivadent (Liechtenstein). In the clinic itself, we have 2 large CAD-CAM milling machines to achieve 100% precision. More than 90% of all our work is made of zirconium.

The digital determination of the tooth shade enables a highly precise shade selection so that the prosthetic replacement blends perfectly with the rest of the natural teeth.

The Smile Clinic has a special device for digital shade determination SPECTROSHADE® to achieve the perfect tooth shade.

It is by no means irrelevant whether the crown is screwed or cemented. Cementing can influence the occurrence of peri-implantitis.

At the Smile Clinic, 99% of the crowns are screwed. The screw-on crown allows easy removal from the implant and reduces the risk of peri-implantitis.

6. Guarantees and certificates

The reputation and certificates of the clinic are certainly indispensable factors when choosing the best option for installing dental implants. Smile Polyclinic has an ISO9001 Surgery Certificate and is among the 1% best dental clinics in the world.As the Straumann competence center for implantology and edentulous jaws, Polyclinic Smile is considered one of the most reliable dental clinics in the world. We give our patients a lifetime guarantee on Straumann dental implants, which is certainly one of the deciding factors when choosing a dental clinic to entrust with the placement of dental implants.

The Smile Polyclinic bears the title STRAUMANN® EXCELLENCE CENTER “Competence center for complete dental implantology”. We belong to an elite group of only 12 PRO ARCH / ALL ON 4 Excellence centers for implantology worldwide, which are certified by the STRAUMANN ® company.

Smile Clinic is known and recognized as a reference and educational center for world-renowned companies such as:

  • Straumann® (implants)
  • Ivoclar® (zirconium/ceramic)
  • Planmeca® (CT/X-ray/chairs)
  • Fotona® (laser)
  • Melag® (sterilization) and much more

Thanks to the top quality of the work performed, the Smile Polyclinic is among 1% of the best dental clinics in the world (GBO – Global Board Organization).

We are the only clinic in Croatia to offer financing for Italian citizens (Pagodeal) and credit card financing for Croatian citizens.

METHODS OF PAYMENT: Invoices can be paid cash in HRK, with all debit and credit cards or by bank transfer. It is important to emphasize that when paying in cash, the foreign currency must first be exchanged for HRK in the exchange office. An exchange office is in the immediate vicinity of the clinic.

Each Smile Clinic patient receives a multilingual invoice that can be used for tax refunds.

We issue an invoice in Croatian for all services rendered. If you come from abroad, the invoices will also be issued in your language. The invoices can be used for tax relief if this is in line with your country’s tax regulations. The account also allows you to reclaim costs from private health insurance if your policy allows for it.

Our clinic provides a 100% lifetime guarantee on implants made by Straumann from Switzerland.

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Online konzultacije dr. Darko Slovša

ONLINE consultation

If you are unable to visit us in Opatija and you would like an individual conversation with Dr. Slovša, please book an appointment for an online consultation. You will receive concrete information and answers to all questions and concerns.

Online konzultacije dr. Darko Slovša

ONLINE consultation

If you are unable to visit us in Opatija and you would like an individual conversation with Dr. Slovša, please book an appointment for an online consultation. You will receive concrete information and answers to all questions and concerns.

Free examination in 3 steps

1

Make an appointment for a free examination

We examine your teeth and oral health, take a panoramic picture and conduct a consultation with a specialist. You will then receive an offer with a guaranteed price for possible work.

2

Visit us

Our clinic is located in the heart of Opatija with parking nearby. For patients who have to travel a long way, we offer accommodation and leisure activities.

3

Decide on therapy in the clinic you trust

Once you experience our patient-friendly approach, staff competency and transparency, you will know that you have come to the right place for all your dental needs.

Free examination in 3 steps

1

Make an appointment for a free examination

We examine your teeth and oral health, take a panoramic picture and conduct a consultation with a specialist. You will then receive an offer with a guaranteed price for possible work.

2

Visit us

Our clinic is located in the heart of Opatija with parking nearby. For patients who have to travel a long way, we offer accommodation and leisure activities.

3

Decide on therapy in the clinic you trust

Once you experience our patient-friendly approach, staff competency and transparency, you will know that you have come to the right place for all your dental needs.

We have the right solutions for all your dental problems.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for a free initial examination and consultation with our specialist, let us know. We are looking forward to you!

We have the right solutions for all your dental problems.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for a free initial examination and consultation with our specialist, let us know. We are looking forward to you!