What is an Implant Treatment?
Many people have problems with their oral and dental health. Tooth loss may occur due to caries, gum disease, physical injury, or trauma. The dental implant treatment method is also used when tooth loss occurs. Dental implants are screws that are placed in the jawbone instead of missing teeth in the mouth, imitating the root of the tooth, biocompatible and generally made of titanium.
A dental implant is also known as a “tooth implant” in daily life because the tooth is fixed to the jawbone with a screw. Since titanium is not incompatible with the body, the success of implant treatment is high. In case of single tooth deficiencies, it is possible to complete the missing tooth without touching neighboring intact teeth, and in case of multiple tooth deficiencies, it is possible to use fixed dentures instead of movable dentures thanks to dental implants.
Unlike other treatment methods, the dental implant does not affect other teeth. In the dental implant application, the teeth look like natural teeth. Implant application does not affect social life. Before a patient can receive dental implants, they should have reached skeletal maturity. In other words, their jawbone will not have any more ‘growth spurts.’ While every teen is different, the growth of the jaw typically continues until 18, 19 or 20 years of age. For this reason, adolescents under the age of 18 are often not suitable candidates for dental implant placement unless they have reached skeletal maturity.
What are the stages of a tooth implant?
Our prosthodontist and oral surgeon will first do a comprehensive examination to determine the best to determine the condition of your jawbone and the best dental implant procedure. This initial evaluation includes X-rays, taking impressions, and matching the color of your teeth to make your implant look as natural as possible.
Numbing paste is applied to your gums, followed by a long-acting local anaesthetic, or you may be completely asleep (under general anaesthetic).
3- Damaged tooth removal + implant placement;
Our specialist surgeon will remove your damaged tooth in a precisely controlled manner to allow for implant placement on the same day (immediate implant placement). The duration of the operation may vary according to the number of missing teeth to be implanted. However, if we generalize this process, it takes 15-20 minutes per implant.
4- Healing Process
After the implant is placed, the implanted material needs time to fuse with the bone. This fusion process may vary between 3-6 months depending on the structure of the jawbone and the fusion of the implant with the jawbone. During this time, patients can continue their daily nutritional routines, avoiding too much pressure on the implant-treated area.
5- Abutment Placement
After the implants integrate with the bone, we will schedule a second surgery to expose the top of the implant. Our Surgeon will place an abutment on top of the implant. This piece connects the implant to your crown. The abutment needs to be tightened so it stays in place when you eat.
6- Implant Retained Crown or Bridge Insertion
Dental crown placement is the final phase of the dental implant procedure. Impressions of the abutment will be taken to make the dental crown. During this period, the permanent dental crown will be produced by our dental lab. The production process may take about 3-4 days. Our lab technician will use the impression of the teeth created by the dentist to create an accurate and realistic-looking artificial crown. Finally, Our prosthodontist will check the fit and appearance of the crown and match it to the existing natural teeth before cementing it securely into place.
How Painful is Getting A Dental Implant?
The most important question that comes to mind at the stage of implant treatment is whether the pain will be felt at all these stages. It would not be correct to give clear information as the pain threshold varies according to the individual. However, when we look at the stages, since the treatment process is started with local anesthesia during the application phase, pain is not felt during the procedure. Later, when the effect of the applied anesthetic wears off, pain may be felt and the pain may increase slightly. These pains are also considered normal according to dentists.
What should I avoid after my implant treatment?
In implant treatment, there are some points to be considered during and after treatment to prolong the use of the implant or to prevent complications that may occur with it. These points are;
• After the implant application, applying cold press to the applied area both prevent swelling on the face and support faster healing of the wounds.
• You should avoid getting a hard blow to the implanted area.
• You should stay away from hard, crusty, sticky foods for a while.
• You should stay away from smoking and alcohol consumption.
• Daily oral care is very important in this process. So you should brush, floss and use mouthwash daily.
How much does an implant cost?
The prices of implant treatment vary according to the institutions where we receive implant treatment. In other words, different fees are determined in private practice and different fees in dental hospitals for implant treatment. Implant treatment varies according to the size of the gingival problems, the area where the implant treatment will be applied, the number of teeth to be implanted, and the problems in the mouth. Therefore, the price policies of implant treatment vary according to such situations. Therefore, your dentist will inform you of the most accurate price.
If we generalize the implant prices, Cost of Dental Implants 2021 are as follows;
Osstem Implant £ 380
Medentika Implant (Straumann Group) £460
Straumann SLA Implant £650
Bone Grafting (1 cc) £ 110
Sinus Lifting £250