About Tooth Implants
Implants are the best alternatives to the function and aesthetics of natural teeth. One of the major problems with tooth loss is the bone loss in the jaw, which can only be stopped with implants today. Not only provide implants a better speaking and chewing function than traditional veneers and prostheses, but they also bring a natural look to your face.
Today, implants are the most important development of dentistry in the 21st century. When applied with the correct diagnosis, sufficient knowledge, experience and equipment, tooth implants can give extraordinarily successful results for both patients and physicians.
What is a tooth implant?
Briefly, implants are artificial tooth roots generally made of titanium, that are placed in the jawbone to ensure the function and aesthetics of the missing teeth.
Is treatment with implants safe and long lasting?
Dental implant therapy is a completely safe treatment when performed by a specialist dentist. In general, the rate of satisfaction with implant therapy is very high and today, 98% of them achieved success. In many cases, implants have been seen to be lasting in the mouth without any problems for as long as 30 years.
Implants are now considered to be as durable as teeth. Especially after the age of 35-40, implants have a longer life time than natural teeth in many cases. As a result, implants can be used for a lifetime. Your dentist will give you more detailed information in this regard.
Can tooth implants be applied to any patient?
Implant screws are structures that have a specific thickness and width. For this reason, in the region where an implant placement is intended, the jawbone must have the height and width to accept this implant screw. The quality of the existing bone also determines how quickly a prosthesis is made on the implant.
As long as the patient’s overall health is good, there is no upper age limit to prevent implant application, but very young patients who have not completed bone development may not be preferred to receive this treatment.
Do I feel pain when the implant is placed?
If appropriate anesthesia methods are applied, no. Generally, the pain that is felt on the evening of the implant can be removed with simple painkillers. Many patients indicate that this pain is not different from the pain experienced after normal tooth extraction.
Can my prosthesis be inserted immediately after implant placement?
The answer to this question is sometimes yes, sometimes no. It depends on the quality of the bone and the place of the implants. However, your doctor can sometimes make a temporary prosthesis suitable for you, enabling chewing and aesthetics immediately.
How long does the total therapy take?
You will usually have to come to 5-6 appointments from the first examination to the end of your work. If prosthesis can be applied on the implants immediately, at least 2 appointments are sufficient.
The duration of these appointments will be of different lengths depending on the characteristics of the job to be performed. Briefly, if a hard or medium hard bone structure is present, therapy can be done in 1-2 weeks. If the bone structure is weak, the therapy can last up to 2-5 months.
Is the cleaning of implants important?
Yes. Brushing and cleaning your implants is at least as important as your teeth. What you need to keep in mind is a regular oral care.
Do I need ‘one’ implant for each missing tooth?
No. Usually 2 implants can replace 3 or more teeth when placed. In cases where a large number of teeth are missing in the back region of the jaw, the number of implants needs to be increased in order to create a fixed prosthesis. Sometimes the number of implants is increased in order to stop bone loss, as implants stop bone loss in the implanted region.
Is dental implant therapy expensive?
Yes. The fact that all the used materials are imported and the need for very high technology to produce a healthy implant determines the price of the treatment. Due to our country’s economic conditions, the increases observed in exchange rates also affect the cost of the treatment negatively. The complexity and length of the implant placement varies depending on the patient’s dental health and needs, and the result can be a huge investment.
What are the benefits of implant therapy in which conditions?
Some patients complain of continuous pain due to the movement of the prosthesis and not being able to chew well. For such patients, implant treatment removes all of the above complaints as well as stops bone loss.
The complaints of patients who have lost some of their lower or upper chin teeth include; an ugly image of a moving prosthesis attached to the hooks, or the necessity of cutting their firm teeth so that they can be bridged. Implant prostheses eliminates both problems.
The patients who have lost one tooth; have to build a bridge by cutting out at least two adjacent teeth for a single missing tooth restoration. The placement of a single implant rescues from cutting two adjacent teeth.
What are the advantages of implant therapy?
- A better chewing ability – Ability of eating everything
- A better aesthetic appearance
- A more socialized and happy life with the recovery of self-esteem
- A healthier and more balanced diet due to the ability to eat everything
- Stop of bone loss which is inevitable due to tooth loss
Is there a risk of the implants being rejected by the body?
Implants are made from titanium, which has no side effects for the organism, and have been subjected to intensive research for years. It was published in 1982 that a complete bond is formed between titanium and the bone. There is no evidence that the body produces antigens against titanium implants and rejects them as in heart and kidney transplants.