Today, dental implants, which have become the most preferred treatment option for the patient to regain the function and aesthetics of the lost teeth; They are artificial tooth roots made of titanium material.
What are the stages of applying the implant to the patient?
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: The suitability of the patient’s bone structure and amount is determined clinically and radiologically, and a good implant treatment planning is made in line with the patient’s wishes and needs.
Implant Surgery: General anesthesia can be preferred depending on the duration of the procedure and the type of surgery to be performed in implant surgeries, which are generally performed with local anesthesia of the relevant region. After all sterile conditions are fulfilled during the surgical implant placement, implant cavities are prepared with special dirils and implants are placed in the places planned to be made in the jawbone according to the implant system to be applied.
Healing Process: Gum healing process; After 7-10 days, it ends with the removal of the sutures, if any. However, this physiological process takes an average of 3-6 months for bone tissue that heals very slowly compared to the gingiva. This process may be prolonged in advanced surgical procedures such as bone addition.
Construction Phase of Prostheses: We can divide implant-supported prostheses into fixed and mobile. Fixed prosthetic treatments; It is made in the form of crowns and bridges and completely restores the natural tooth function that the patient has lost. In mobile prosthetic treatments, the palate that the patient can put on and take off can be provided with very good retention with implants.
Can the implant be applied to every patient?
The general health status of our patients should be evaluated first. Our patients, who are at risk of bleeding, infection due to systemic diseases, cannot provide adequate care, and whose jaw bones are not suitable for treatment, should be directed to prosthetic treatments other than implants. Apart from these, implant treatment can be applied to any patient at any age who is in good general health, has sufficient bone and has completed bone development.
Can I have an implant immediately after tooth extraction?
Implant applications can be made immediately at the time of tooth extraction, this process is called immediate implant surgery. In order to be successful, the bone and infection status in the extracted tooth area should be carefully evaluated and decided. If it will not be placed immediately, the patient can have an implant after 6-8 weeks of bone healing from the extraction. Removing the missing teeth in a short time after extraction will prevent both the preservation of the existing bone and the possible shifts in the teeth. Especially in the upper jaw, the roots of the posterior molars are anatomically in contact with the sinus, which accelerates bone resorption after extraction, leading to the need for bone addition.
Is implant treatment difficult and painful?
No, the surgical procedure is performed completely painlessly.
In terms of difficulty, each patient has a different anatomy and metabolism. Implant treatment and planning for each patient may be different, and bone structure and amounts may vary. Informing the patient in detail and accurately by the physician before the treatment will ensure that this process is comfortable.
How long is the life of the implant?
As long as there is healthy bone tissue and gingiva around the implant, the implant maintains its continuity. After the regular check-ups with your doctor and the construction phase of the implants are completed, good oral hygiene and care of the patient will prolong the life of the implant. Physiological bone loss due to aging is one of the negative factors affecting the life of the implant. We see in studies that smoking also plays an active role in gingival diseases and bone loss and affects implant life.
How much are dental implant prices?
Compared to other treatment fees, implant treatment is more expensive due to the material used. The number of implants to be made and the type of prosthetic treatment also affect this fee. However, increasing the quality of life and providing longer-term solutions for patients makes implant treatment indispensable for patients and physicians today.