Implant is a biocompatible and artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw bone instead of the missing teeth. Implants are generally made of titanium and placed into the bone tissue using a screw structure. It is a significant treatment method that is very commonly used to fill the gaps caused by lost teeth, as an alternative to bridges. In bridge prosthesis, required abrasion is performed on two neighboring tooth to the extraction gap, and prosthesis is built to fill the gap. When extraction gap is filled by an implant, no procedure is required on the neighboring teeth. Therefore, neighboring teeth to the extraction gap are protected. This is among the most significant advantages of implants.
Implant treatment is recommended to be performed as soon as possible after tooth extraction. Following tooth extraction, changes occur such as thinning of the bone in extraction area, growth of teeth across the extraction gap towards the gap, and turning of the neighboring teeth to the extraction gap towards the gap. Performance of implantation before such changes occur, protection of the oral structure and successful placement of the implant are quite important. Therefore, dentists recommend performance of implantation and tooth extraction in the same session under accurate conditions.
Implant treatment can be applied to everyone with good health with a quite high rate of success. In patients with systemic diseases, implant treatment is performed with the approval of relevant doctor if the disease in under control. Risk of failure of implants is higher in patients who have bad oral hygiene and do not perform the required oral care as compared to patients with a systemic disease under control. While smoking affects the health of implants negatively, implants can also be performed in smokers. However, these patients must take better care of their oral hygiene as compared to non-smokers.
As mentioned briefly, overall health condition, habits, jaw bone structure and condition of all patients are specific to that person. Thus, considering the tests performed and medical background, patient is informed about the treatment process and success rate by the dentist prior to implant treatment, and treatment is performed in line with the desires of patient.
When is Implant Performed?
Implant treatment is performed in individuals that have tooth loss due to various reasons, with the aim of filling the extraction gap. In tooth losses, people experience lots of trouble both aesthetically and functionally. Missing tooth may lead to eating disorders, problems in jaw structure and talking, impaired tooth set and aesthetic problems.
Thinning occurs in the jaw bones of individuals after tooth loss. Such thinning can be prevented to a significant degree and jaw structure is protected thanks to implants. Treatment is performed with the support of neighboring teeth in bridge prosthesis performed in case of tooth loss. In implant treatment, results are much healthier and long-term since an artificial titanium root is inserted in the extraction gap, and a tooth is built on it.
How is Implant Performed?
There is lots of misinformation about implant treatments. That’s because implant treatment is performed by using different methods that are specific to the person and condition. Treatment varies depending on many factors such as person’s jaw structure, facial structure, oral hygiene and implant type. Therefore, it is always beneficial to decide based on the advice of dentists rather than second-hand information.
Implant treatment is performed under local anesthesia. Treatment is started after the implant site is anesthetized. Therefore, it is a painless treatment.
There are different methods in implant applications which are followed based on the case. The first method is insertion of implant into the extraction gap after tooth extraction in the presence of a suitable bone. In this method, no stitches are required mostly since there is no incision or flap removal. Performance of the procedure in a short time and lack of need for a second surgical process are among the most significant advantages. Another method is the surgical operation in which dentist can see the bone tissue where the implant is to be inserted, and thus performs the procedure by making an incision on the soft tissue. The wound site is closed by stitches after placement of the implant. Stitches are taken out a week later, and the procedures site is checked. In another method, jaw tomography of the patient is reviewed and a direct implant application is performed over the mucosa with the help of surgical guidelines obtained based on intraoral measurement. No incision is made on the gums in this method, thus no stitches are made.
Advantages of Implant Treatment
Implant treatment provides many physiological and psychological benefits. First of all, it increases your quality of life by facilitating eating and chewing thanks to the filled space of missing tooth.
It also prevents impairments that could arise in jaw bone by preventing thinning that is observed in jaw bones after tooth extraction.
Since they are supported by the gums and bones, implants provide a much more natural aesthetic appearance as compared to bridge prosthesis.
Insertion of the implant in the extraction gap without harming the neighboring teeth is one of the most significant advantages when compared with bridge prosthesis.
Getting healthy and gaining long-lasting oral health by means of implants provide you with self-confidence in many aspects. You can have a sincerer and beautiful smile thanks to such self-confidence. You can have your implant treatment under the guarantee of reliable and quality service in Dent in Levent with their specialist dentist team.
“All On Four” Implant Technique
Filling the gaps of missing teeth with dental implants is the most important method developed so far. Especially in cases with total edentulism, dental implants are more successful than classical prosthetic applications. In total edentulism cases, all on four implant technique is applied by inserting 4 implants with specific angles and placing a tooth prosthesis on them on the same day.
Advantages of All On Four Technique
Since the number of implants used is fewer, its cost is much lower than the classical implant treatment.
On the day of placing the implants function and aesthetics are provided for the patient in order to perform temporary fixed tooth prosthesis.
It helps to prevent excessive bone loss.
It has high rate of success.
Implants are placed with sufficient spaces to ease cleaning. Care is much easier as compared to classical implants.
How Long Do Implant and All on Four Treatments Take?
Operation process which includes placement of the implant on the jaw bone is quite short. And contrary to the popular belief, it is a simple operation. Following the placement of implant on the jaw bone, there must be a waiting period for the implant to unite with the bone. This period lasts for about 3 months. However, this period can be decreased down to 1 and a half month using some special implants. Following the required waiting period, the prosthesis to be placed on the implant can be produced in 1 week. It may not be possible to place all implants at a time in multiple implant procedures, however all implants are placed at a time in the All On Four technique, which makes the treatment last shorter. But if there is not sufficient volume in the jaw bone, this problem must be treated firstly. Problems such as infections that can hinder performance of the operation are not included in this treatment period.
How Long Do Implants Last?
It is seen that life of implant treatment is affected by oral care and habits of the person. Implants have been observed to last for 30 to 40 years without any problem in individuals that have a good oral hygiene and are systemically healthy. However, habits such as smoking and alcohol, failure to perform daily care, problems affecting bones or gingival issues might shorten this duration. It is very important for the individual to visit the dentist on a yearly basis in order to prolong the life of implants.
Is Implant a Costly Treatment Method?
Implant operation is a costlier method than other treatment methods since the used materials are expensive and special. The requirement for a surgical operation is another element that increases the cost. The most significant reason for preferring implant treatment despite its cost is its ability to fill the extraction gaps without harming the healthy teeth in the mouth, and prevention of the bone loss at the extraction site. However, this treatment is more cost-efficient in All On Four Technique since a full prosthesis is placed on 4 implants. This method is quite efficient considering the advantages it provides as well as the long life of implants promised.