Implant treatment is one of the most effective and permanent solutions for treating missing teeth today. Many people are interested in learning about implant treatment and how it works. This FAQ section aims to answer common questions about implant treatment and provide you with a better understanding of the procedure. We will cover topics such as what implants are, who they are suitable for, and how they are applied in detail.
What are implants?
An implant can be defined as an artificial root that is placed in the location of a missing tooth. This artificial root is usually made of titanium and is implanted into the jawbone, upon which a prosthetic tooth is attached.
Who is implant treatment suitable for?
Implant treatment can be applied to anyone who has lost one or more teeth. However, individuals with a healthy jawbone structure and good oral hygiene tend to have more successful results.
How is implant treatment applied?
Examination and Evaluation:
The implant treatment process starts with evaluating the patient’s oral health and tooth loss. The dentist performs a thorough examination of the patient, reviews X-ray images, and evaluates the jawbone structure. At this stage, a decision is made on whether implant treatment is a suitable option.
Treatment planning is critical to ensure that the implants are placed correctly. The dentist may use digital imaging, computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies to ensure that the implants are placed in the correct size, shape, and location.
Implant placement surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia. The dentist applies a surgical procedure to place the implants into the jawbone. Implants are usually screw-like structures made of titanium and inserted into the jawbone. After the procedure, time is given for the implants to heal.
Implants require a healing process to fuse with the jawbone. This period can range from 2 to 6 months. When the implants are firmly fused with the jawbone, the prosthetic teeth can be applied.
Measurements are taken to prepare prosthetic teeth that will be placed on the implants. These measurements are used in a laboratory to produce prosthetic teeth specifically for each patient. At this stage, a temporary prosthesis may be applied to provide aesthetics and functionality during the healing process of the implants.
After the prosthetic teeth are prepared properly, they are placed onto the implants. Prosthetic teeth are shaped to fit the patient’s mouth structure and other teeth. The dentist checks the fit and bite function of the prosthetic teeth.
Control and Maintenance:
Regular check-ups are important after implant treatment is completed. Your dentist will schedule periodic check-ups to monitor the condition of the implants and prosthetic teeth, diagnose potential complications early, and provide treatment if necessary. It is generally recommended to have a check-up once or twice a year.
Is implant treatment painful?
Implant treatment is generally performed under local anesthesia, so you do not feel pain during the procedure. After the treatment, there may be mild discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity, but these can usually be easily controlled with pain relievers and prescribed medications.
What is the success rate of implant treatment?
Implant treatment has high success rates. With good oral hygiene and a healthy jawbone structure, implants can last for years or even a lifetime. However, the success rate may vary depending on individual factors such as overall health and oral hygiene.
How long does implant treatment take?
The duration of implant treatment can vary depending on several factors. Implant placement and the healing process can take a few months. This period covers the time required for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Additional time may be necessary for prosthetic application.
Do implants look aesthetic?
Yes, implants look quite similar to natural teeth and can provide an aesthetic appearance. Dentists work carefully to ensure that implants and prosthetic teeth are compatible with the patient’s mouth structure and other teeth.
What complications can arise during implant treatment?
Implant treatment is generally safe and successful, but occasionally, some complications may arise. The most common complications are infection, damage to the jawbone, nerve damage, or implant failure. These risks may vary depending on individual factors such as overall health, oral hygiene, and other individual factors.
How long do implants last?
Implants are usually long-lasting and can be used for years or even a lifetime. With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, the lifespan of implants can be extended. Prosthetic teeth may need to be replaced or repaired over time, but implants generally maintain their durability.
Is there an age limit for implant treatment?
There is no definitive age limit for implant treatment. However, implant treatment in younger individuals may be postponed to a later age due to growing jawbones. In addition, treatment plans are developed by evaluating individual factors such as overall health and bone density in older individuals.