Dental implantation is the process of placing artificial titanium tooth roots in the form of screws on the jawbone instead of lost teeth for various reasons. The implant procedure is the best and most modern treatment method known in the treatment of tooth deficiencies.
What is a dental implant?
Today, thanks to new technological materials, implant procedures can be performed much easier, painless, and faster. The implants are placed in the jawbone so that they are suitable for bone and gingival tissue. Implant prostheses are just as good and aesthetic as real teeth. Thus, the implant and the porcelain tooth that replace the missing tooth can be easily used with no difference from the patient’s own tooth.
With the newly developed materials applied on the titanium material, the implants adhere more quickly to the jawbone, and prosthetic dentures can be applied immediately on the implant. In recent years, 99% of the success rate is reached in dental implants thanks to the SLA Active surface.
The latest innovation in dental implants is the flapless or seamless implant application technique. In the flapless technique, an implant is applied without cutting the gums and without sewing. Thanks to this latest innovation, implant application time lasts approximately 5-10 minutes.
Who Can Have Implants?
Anyone who has completed growth development and does not carry a risk of infection or bleeding because of chronic diseases. Implants can be applied for all kinds of missing teeth.
Stages of Implant Treatment
1- Planning: Specialists examine the bone structure, amount, quality of the bone, and the anatomical structure of the region to be implanted in the radiological and intraoral examination. They plan the treatment protocols and inform the patient.
2- Implant surgery application: Depending on the surgical procedure and duration of application to the patient, the general or local anaesthesia is also decided considering the patient’s request. After all the surgical sterile conditions are met for implant placement, specialist dentists prepare implant cavities and place the implants in the defined jaw bone area. Then, they suture and cover the implants. The recovery process varies from 1.5 months to 4 months.
3- Recovery Process: The stitches either melt or removed within 1 week. During this process, dentists recommend using oral care and mouthwash to prevent bacterial growth on the stitches.
4- Construction of Prosthesis: The closing screws placed on the implants are opened at the end of the waiting period. Porcelain teeth can be made within 30 minutes – 1 day by CEREC depending on the teeth. In cases where porcelain teeth have to be made with the traditional method, the treatment lasts 3-4 days.
Is Implant Operation Painful?
Implant application is a painless procedure usually performed under local anaesthesia, and it takes between 5 and 30 minutes. Although the severity of the pain felt by the anaesthesia is variable, such pain is not unbearable. With the painkiller which the dentists will prescribe, you will have a painless recovery process and you will recover quickly. The patients who have implants usually say they do not need painkillers after the first two days.
After the implant procedure, following your dentist’s recommendations will help you recover quickly. You should be careful with your dental care after the procedure and pay attention to the location of the wound. The ice compresses you will apply over your cheeks with 10 minutes intervals will reduce or even prevent the formation of swelling. Also, remember that cigarette will delay the recovery.
For infections that may occur after the implant procedure, you can take the antibiotic treatment prescribed by your dentist. Also, you can use the painkillers recommended by your dentist. Do not rinse off your mouth rigorously or do not split for the first 2 days.