Dental implants are titanium screws placed in the jawbone, thereby imitating the tooth root, in order to restore the aesthetic appearance and functions of the missing tooth due to incurable caries, fractures, and trauma. Dental implants are biocompatible with our body thanks to their titanium composition. They can provide healthier, more comfortable and more successful results compared to traditional crowns, bridges and total dentures (removable dentures) since they can imitate the tooth root. Implants are applied only to the area where we have missing teeth. For this reason, there is no need for any other operation for the healthy teeth in our mouth. They are longer lasting than the traditional bridge and total prosthesis and provide healthier and more comfortable results. By activating the bone in the area where they are placed, they reduce and slow down bone thinning.
The treatment process starts with placing the implants in the appropriate bone areas after a detailed intraoral and radiological examination (panoramic x-ray and 3D volumetric tomography). This procedure is applied under local anesthesia. The patient is examined again for suture removal and control after about 7 days later from the operation. If recovery is evaluated to be sufficient during this control session, a temporary prosthesis is prepared for the patient. This temporary prosthesis is simpler prosthesis designed for the patient to use for 3 months. There is ideally a 3-month waiting period for the implants placed in the jawbone to be biologically attached to the bone. In cases where the patient’s bone quality is quite well, prosthesis can be made immediately after the operation. After the implants whose waiting process has been completed are checked radiologically, the prosthetic stage is started. The prosthetic stage is the stage where the prosthesis planned according to the patients is made and it might last 2-3 weeks. There are also prosthesis completed in 1-2 days depending on the patient’s condition and planned treatment.
Dental implants can remain in the mouth successfully for more than 30 years, and a lifetime warranty can be given depending on the used brands. However, patients should care about their oral hygiene and have routine control every year in order for implants to remain in the mouth for many years.
Implant-supported prostheses are, of course, renewable. During the renewal period, previously made implants (screw section) remain in the mouth, only the prostheses made on the implant are renewed. Implant supported prostheses have a lifetime like other prostheses. You can prolong the life of your dentures by taking care of your denture care and oral hygiene.
After the implant operation, it is necessary to wait 3-6 months for the implant to integrate with the jawbone.