Despite improvements in the field of oral and dental health over the years, many people still experience tooth loss due to injury, tooth decay or periodontal disease. Not only does tooth loss look bad aesthetically, but it can also negatively affect health. For a long time before the advancement of technology, bridges and dentures were the only treatment methods for tooth loss. With today’s technology, however, a more reliable, more permanent, and certainly more aesthetic way is available today! So, what is this method?
Dental implants are the alternative to the bridges and dentures used in the past. Owing to the ever-advancing technology, the problem of tooth loss can be treated with dental implants in a short time, and the other teeth are not damaged during the treatment. Dental implants are the best alternative to natural teeth available today. They are designed as tooth roots to replace lost teeth in the mouth and are made of titanium. Dental implants provide better speech and chewing function than traditional bridges and dentures. They also stand out with their aesthetic advantages. In cases where the jawbone is sufficient, dental implants are applied with a simple operation, and it usually takes 2 – 3 months to fuse with the bone. So, what are the benefits of having dental implants? How long do they last? Let’s have a look together.
Who Performs Dental Implants?
Maxillofacial surgeons perform implant operations, and periodontologists specialize in this field.
What is the Lifespan of Implants?
If a specialized physician performs the dental implant treatment and the person takes good care, it can be used in the mouth for a lifetime.
What are the Conditions Limiting the Application of Dental Implants?
For the dental implants to be applied, the healthy bone in the target area must be of a certain thickness and size. Dental implants can be safely applied after or simultaneously with bone augmentation procedures if there is not enough bone. (augmentation/grafting) performed by maxillofacial surgeons to create the necessary bone. The limits of implant application are determined by the physician’s surgical experience and the patient’s medical needs.
Can the Body Reject Implants?
Unless the patient has a disease that prevents or impairs the healing of the wound site (uncontrolled diabetes, previous radiotherapy, medications affecting bone metabolism, etc.) and has followed all the recommendations of the physician and practiced good oral care, it is not possible to talk about the possibility of failure. Implant treatment is a method with very successful results, even in complex cases. Proper surgery in implant treatment and a flawless prosthesis application afterward will be sufficient for a successful treatment.
Integration of Implants with the Bone (Osseointegration)
The complete healing of the implant placed in the jawbone by filling it with bone is called osseointegration. The prosthesis can be safely applied to the implants that integrate with the bone. The recovery period of the implant is known as 2 – 3 months in the lower jaw and 4 – 6 months in the upper jaw. Depending on the person and the case, these processes can be longer or shorter.
In some cases that meet the necessary criteria, the prosthesis can be completed after implant surgery. This protocol, called immediate loading, is primarily applied in digitally guided implant operations today. Requiring a careful planning phase, these protocols overlap the digital volumetric tomography of the patients with the 3D models taken with intraoral scanners. The data is processed in specialized laboratories abroad to produce surgical guide plates and upper prostheses. This way, prosthetic superstructures can be applied to the patient’s mouth during the same surgical session in which the implants are used.
Placement of Implants in the Jawbone (Stage 1)
Dental implant operations can be performed under local, general, and sedation-assisted anesthesia. The patient will not experience any pain in any of these methods.
How long does it take to place an implant?
It takes an average of 5 minutes to place an implant.
When Can One Return to Daily Life?
No situation will prevent the person from continuing their daily life after the operation. Since the patient will not eat for 3 hours after surgery under local anesthesia, it is recommended to come to the process with a full stomach. Before general anesthesia, it is necessary not to eat or drink anything for 8 hours. There is no possibility of losing teeth during the recovery period. If requested, temporary prostheses can be used.
Prostheses Applied on Implant (2nd Stage)
If the conditions to fulfill the medical requirements are available, prosthetic teeth to be made on the implant can be applied as removable or fixed according to the patient’s needs and wishes.
How to Maintain Implants?
Maintenance and cleaning of implant prostheses are similar to that of dental prostheses. The doctors in our clinic provide detailed information and demonstrations during the last session of the treatment.
What are the Benefits of Implants?
• It allows treating toothless areas without interfering with your intact teeth.
• It allows us to make porcelain teeth that function like natural teeth in toothless areas.
• If it is preferred to treat toothless areas with implant-supported, removable prostheses, they stand firmly in the mouth and do not move during function.
• It prevents possible melting that may occur in your jawbone.
• It allows you to regain the aesthetics and function you have lost.
What are the Downsides of Implant Treatment?
• Dental implants are more costly than classical prostheses since they are manufactured with advanced technology, and the materials used are valuable.
• It is a treatment that requires patience, and the person must show absolute compliance.
Is There a Risk of Cancer?
There is no evidence in the medical literature that implants cause cancer.
Implant Treatment in Turkey
Specialized maxillofacial surgeons and periodontologists perform implant treatment in Turkey with a success rate of over 95% at hospitals and dental clinics with the latest technology.
While in many countries, implant treatment causes vast costs for patients, in Turkey, it is performed at a lower price of up to 80%. For more information about implant treatment and a free consultation, contact EverHeal today!