Dental implants are the most favourable treatment options for replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is a screw which is made of titanium to replace the root of a tooth. In dentistry, dental implants are used to replace both, a single tooth or multiple teeth.
What are the components of a dental implant?
A dental implant consists of 3 elements:
Implant body This is the main part of an implant which replaces the root in the jaw bone.
Abutment The part which connects the implant and the crown.
Crown The crown is the visible part of a dental implant which will reconstruct aesthetics and function.
Is the dental implant a painful procedure?
First of all, there is a common misconception about dental implant procedures and people think that implant placements can be painful. However, dental implants are less painful than extracting a tooth. Furthermore, depending on bone quality, a single implant placement procedure can take as little as 20 minutes!
“I have dentist phobia and I will never sit on a dental chair!”
Fortunately, in dentistry we’ve started to use sedatives and general anaesthesia on a regular basis. Upon request, your dentist will arrange an appointment with an experienced anaesthetist for your implant procedure. Therefore, you will not feel any discomfort while your dentist places your implant.
How long does a dental implant last?
To begin with, a healthy and well maintained implant can stay in your jawbone for a lifetime.
However, there are many factors affecting the prognosis of a dental implant. For example; oral hygiene, jaw bone quality, systemic diseases, alcohol and smoking etc.
In addition to bone diseases, diabetes and some medicines may have a negative impact on implant prognosis. After investigating your medical & social history and after analysing your x-ray, your dentist will decide if your jaw is compatible for the dental implant procedure.
Different clinics give different periods of guarantee for their dental implant procedures.
At Esdent Dental Centre in Turkey, implants are under guarantee for 10 years. In the unlikely event of any problems occurring such as failure of fusion, peri-implantitis etc, Esdent Dental Centre will do the maintenance (including bone grafts if required) or replacement of dental implant at no extra charge.
How long does the implant treatment take?
Implant Placement A single dental implant placement to a jaw which has appropriate bone width and density will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Depending on the number of implants to be placed, bone width and density, the whole process may take up to 2 hours.
Fusion Period This is the time period required for a dental implant to fuse with the jaw bone. Normally it takes 3 or 4 months for a dental implant to fuse with the jaw bone. In this while, you will have a healing cap over your dental implant. You can discuss about a temporary prosthesis with your dentist until fusion period ends.
After this period, your dentist will fit your prosthesis. However, you do not need to wait this long. Immediate prosthesis is also an option which reduces the time required.
Immediate Prosthesis Immediate placement of the prosthesis has become the new trend in implant dentistry. Following the placement of dental implants, our expert dental technicians will start preparing your prosthesis in our in-house technology-rich dental laboratory. As soon as your prosthesis are ready, our dentist will fit them and you will be ready to go! As a result the whole procedure will take about 4 or 5 days. Hence, patients will save time, get results immediately and bypass the discomfort of the aforementioned fusion period.
For more details about our Lab work, you can read this article: Fast dental prosthesis via CAD/CAM technology!
How many dental implants can a dentist place in one session?
There is no strict rule for the maximum number of dental implant placements in one session. However, if there is the need for a large number of dental implant placements, dentists might chose to spread the procedure over two or more sessions for the sake of the patients comfort. Also, medical conditions affect the amount of sessions.
How should I look after my dental implant?
First of all, maintaining oral hygiene after implant treatment is just as important as thorough treatment planning and competent surgery. As for natural teeth, if patients neglect oral hygiene after implant treatment, gum disease may occur around the implants. Neglecting the oral hygiene may even lead to loss of implants.
For this reason, you can always ask your dentist to give you a concise information about implant aftercare.
How much does a dental implant cost?
First of all, one should bear in mind that dental implants are more cost effective than any other tooth replacement options in the long term. They may cost slightly more than a conventional bridge or crown, but, the comfort and the duration of dental implants in comparison to those, justifies their price.
When it comes to the costs of implant treatments, prices vary depending on where you are having the treatment. In European countries and especially in the UK, dental implant prices can be extortionate. In contrast, the cost of implant treatments in Turkey starts from as little as £500 and may increase up to £900. We have explained the reasons for these differences in dental treatment costs here: Why dental treatment fees are much cheaper in Turkey than in the UK?
Is it possible to remove a dental implant?
Only a dental professional should advise and perform any kind of removal of dental implants. Also, a dental professional will only do so in limited circumstances that are rarely advisable.