10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
In cases where dental implant treatment is required, we know that many patients first face a feeling of fear. However, implant treatment is not as difficult and painful as you think. Implant application under local anesthesia does not cause pain or pain to the patient. If you have missing teeth in the mouth or if you are using a total denture, you may consider implant treatment.
We have prepared the 10 most frequently asked questions and answers about dental implant treatment for you below.
1. What is a dental implant and how does it work?
Dental implants are structures in the form of screws or roots made of titanium, which are used to replace missing teeth or teeth and are intended to heal around this implant and accept it as a part of itself. In addition, implants help teeth to perform better chewing by creating a solid jaw structure. Dental implants provide the closest results to natural teeth in terms of aesthetics and offer a long-lasting solution.
2. Is dental implant surgery painful?
Local anesthesia is used during dental implant surgery, so you usually experience minimal or no pain. Anesthesia is a method used to prevent pain.
However, a slight feeling of discomfort or pain is normal after implant surgery. You may experience mild swelling, bruising or tenderness for a few days after the procedure. These conditions usually subside quickly and can usually be controlled with prescribed pain relievers or oral pain relievers.
3. How long does a dental implant last?
The lifespan of dental implants can vary depending on a number of factors. With good oral hygiene and regular dental care, dental implants can last for many years and last a lifetime. In general, dental implants that are well placed and regularly maintained are expected to have a long life. Your dentist can evaluate the health and durability of your implants and give you specific insight.
4. What are the advantages of dental implants?
The success rates of dental implants vary depending on where they are placed in the jaw. Turkey is one of the countries with the highest success rate among European countries. In Turkey, the success rate of dental implants is generally up to 98%. With proper care, you can use implants for life. Failure of dental implants is usually seen within the first 6 months. The most important factor affecting success in the long run is the patient’s failure to provide the necessary care in accordance with the instructions, not attending regular checkups and neglect. Other factors affecting success are horizontal and vertical bone amount, bone condition and quality, systemic conditions affecting the patient’s recovery, alcohol and cigarette use, and teeth clenching problems. These problems are avoided with good assessment and planning.
5. Who are suitable candidates for implant surgery?
Dental implant treatment is a popular option for individuals who are missing one or more teeth and want a long-lasting, natural-looking solution. Implant treatment may be suitable for individuals with good oral and general health, sufficient jaw bone density and healthy gum tissue.
In some cases, additional procedures such as bone grafting or gum disease treatment may be required to prepare the mouth for implant placement. Non-smokers or people who want to quit smoking during implant treatment may also be good candidates.
To determine if implant treatment is right for you, it is best to schedule a consultation with a qualified dentist who can assess your individual needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.
6. Is there an age limit for implant surgery?
While the completion of bone development occurs after the age of 15 to 16 in girls, it is completed after the age of 17 to 18 in boys. The base age limit in relation to bone development in implant dental treatment is the average age of 18 years. Implant tooth application has no upper age limit. Even in people who are very advanced in age, there is no inconvenience in performing implant treatment.
There is no harm in applying implant treatment to patients who are in good general health and have sufficient bone in the jawbone and whose bone development has been completed. However, systemic disorders that may occur at this age or before may cause difficulties in completing the implant surgery.
7. How long does dental implant treatment take?
Implant operation is performed by our specialist dentists with the most appropriate planning for the patient. Before the operation, the tooth and jaw area is stimulated with local anesthesia. With the appropriate surgical instruments, the slots where the implant will be applied are opened and the implant is placed in these slots. In the sutured implant process, an incision is made in the gingival part, the bone is reached and screwed. After the implant is placed, the operation in this area is completed by suturing. The completion of the operation process varies up to 3 months, depending on the patient and the number of implants to be applied. The implant, which is inserted in approximately 15-40 minutes, is expected to integrate with the jawbone, and then the dental prosthesis is completed with the material to be covered.
8. How is the healing process after implant surgery?
After a typical Implant treatment, the healing process may last for a few days, mild swelling, tingling that can be controlled with simple painkillers, and sometimes bruising. When you regularly use the drugs that your doctor recommends, you can pass this process quite easily. In about 7-10 days, the wound edges heal completely by fusing with each other. If applications such as bone powder and sinus lift are made with the implant application, swelling and discomfort may be a little more. Stitches are removed in about 7-10 days.
9. What materials are used for implant surgery?
The implant is produced from titanium or its alloys. It is not affected by oral fluids and is designed to withstand the forces that will occur in the mouth. The tissue-friendly feature of titanium, which is coated with some special substances, is increased and the healing time is shortened.
10. What is the cost of implant surgery and is it covered by insurance?
Implant surgery prices vary according to the treatment to be applied, the brand of the implant, and the condition of the bone level. Your doctor will prepare the most accurate pricing for you. Implants are not covered by insurance in many countries. However, when you receive implant treatment in Turkey, you will pay 60% less than your country.
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