The Dental Implant Process: What to Expect
October 8, 2022

A dental implant is a replacement for the root portion of a missing tooth. It is an artificial tooth root designed to be placed in the gum and function as your new natural teeth. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to removable dentures or bridges and an option where the lack of natural teeth does not allow for dentures or bridged tooth replacements. When you need dental implants to replace missing teeth, there are several steps in the process you can expect along the way.

Comprehensive Dental Exam

During the first appointment, a comprehensive dental examination is performed by taking dental x-rays and 3D images. Getting X-rays and scans performed is necessary for determining the state of your jawbone and the structure of your mouth. For example, a panoramic x-ray helps your dentist or oral surgeon figure out how far apart the teeth on either side of the space are. Dimensions are important for correct placement of implants.

The maxillofacial surgeon and the prosthodontist determine the dental implant planning together. How many implants need to be placed and the need for advanced surgery are determined by the condition of your jawbone and remaining teeth.Your medical condition and the drugs you use are recorded and their effects on the treatment process are evaluated. If necessary, antibiotics may be prescribed before surgery to prevent infection.

The process of placing a dental implant involves multiple steps, including:

  • Damaged tooth removal
  • Bone grafting when necessary
  • Dental implant placement
  • Healing of the bone around the implant
  • Abutment placement
  • Crowns or Hybrid Prothesis placement

Placing the Dental Implant

Local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia during surgery are pain control methods that can be preferred according to the patient’s condition. Our dental care team will instruct you about eating and drinking before surgery, depending on what type of anesthesia you have. During dental implant placement surgery, your oral surgeon makes a cut to open your gums and expose the bone. The dental implant is placed in the bone in the pre-planned area.

At this point there will still be a gap where your tooth is missing. Temporary prosthesis can be placed for aesthetic appearance. You can remove this prosthesis for cleaning and while sleeping.

After Dental Implant Surgery

You may experience some of the typical discomforts after your dental implant surgery, such as:

  • Swelling of your jaw and face
  • Bruising of your skin and gums
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minor bleeding

After dental implant surgery, your doctor may prescribe pain relievers and antibiotics. You may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals after surgery. Smoking can contribute to implant failure and complications. It is recommended not to smoke for a while after surgery. Typically, your surgeon will use self-dissolving sutures. If your stitches don’t dissolve on their own, your doctor will remove them.

Waiting for Bone Growth

The whole process can take 3-6 months from start to finish. Most of this time is spent reorganizing the tissues around the implant and forming new bone tissue. Depending on your situation, the particular procedure performed or the materials used, certain steps can sometimes be combined.

Placing the Abutment

Once the osseointegration is complete, the abutment – the part to which the crown will eventually be attached – is placed under local anesthesia. To place the abutment:

Your oral surgeon opens your gums and the abutment is attached to the dental implant. The gingival tissue then covers, but does not cover, the abutment. In some cases, the abutment is inserted during the dental implant placement session. This means you won’t need an extra surgical step. Fixed temporary prostheses can also be made in cases where abutments can be placed at the same time as surgery.

Making and Attaching the Artificial Tooth

It’s time to create your beautiful smile. After the soft tissue around the abutments placed on your implants heals, your doctor will take an impression of your jaws. This allows our dental ceramist to create one or more perfect white crowns for you. When your new crowns are ready, you come for a checkup and any necessary corrections will be made. When everything is perfect, we fix your replacement tooth or teeth to the implants. After you eat, we make the necessary corrections on the occlusion and chewing function.

How To Take Care Of Your Dental Implants?

Now that your crowns are fitted, you will need to know how to care for them. In fact, there is no difference between the care of natural teeth and the hygiene of dental implants. Just like natural teeth, you can use your implants healthy by brushing and flossing twice a day. Also, like natural teeth, your titanium implant roots can last a lifetime, especially if you go to your dentist for six-month regular checkups and get professional cleaning.

You can expect the crown part of your implant to last 15 years.  If you have habits such as teeth grinding, you should use night guard for this and take a botox treatment. Don’t chew hard items, such as ice and hard candy, which can break your crowns — or your natural teeth. Avoid tooth-staining tobacco and caffeine products.

Dental Implant Treatment in Turkey

Turkey is among the leading countries by serving tens of thousands of patients in dental implants with world-class dentists and high-level clinics. In Turkey, especially Antalya and Istanbul are the centers of attraction for new teeth. We can list the reasons why people go to Turkey for dental implants as follows:

The most important reason for this is that they can get quality treatments at more affordable prices than European countries, England and the United States.

Dental treatments in Turkey can be combined with a great holiday.

You can get your treatment by speaking in your native language with bilingual experts as if you were in your own country.

When you decide to be treated in Turkey, it’s time to ask which dental center you will choose. You can read the comments on Google and Trustpilot of patients who have been treated in dental centers in Turkey .

If this is not enough; Compare dental photos of clinics in Turkey. When you examine the before-after photos of the treatments performed in our clinic, you will understand the difference in the quality of the treatment. Turkish dentists are considered among the best in the world in dentistry.

We guarantee your treatment by giving you a document after all our treatments. With this document, all your treatments are under warranty.

When you decide to be treated in our dental centre in antalya, you can make an online consultation with our doctors. Our coordinators will create a personalized plan to meet your specific wishes and dental health needs. Considering that you are in a different country, we will meet all your needs very quickly by creating a special plan for you. If you are interested in this procedure, call our dental clinic today! All the contact information you need is in the Contact Us section!


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