What is an implant?
The term dental implant describes a dental device that replaces the lost tooth or root parts of the teeth and is made of materials that are compatible with the body (especially titanium). These substances are not considered foreign by the body. Thus, the body does not reject them.
These artificial roots can be used as a basis for the natural appearance of the teeth. It allows patients who lose some or all of their natural teeth to talk, laugh, and chew food better and more comfortably.
How Is Dental Implant Done?
The gum where the missing tooth is opened is opened and the lower or upper jaw bone is reached (mandible-maxilla), a titanium screw is inserted here. The titanium screw has a hole in the middle. This hole is closed with a cover screw. Then the gums are stitched again and left to heal for a certain period of time. In the second stage, the gums on the artificial root are opened again, the cover screw in the middle is removed and the healing cap is attached to its place. The gums are stitched and closed again. The healing head is above the gum level. The task of the healing head is to provide healing so that the top of the titanium screw remains open and a round gap is left in the gum. After the desired healing is achieved, the healing cap is removed and an intermediate piece is attached to which the artificial tooth will be attached. Artificial tooth is actually a coating to be attached to this intermediate piece. It is fixed on the bridge pillar as if the artificial tooth was coating.
Is implant operation a painful procedure?
The general perception in the society is that implant application is a painful and painful treatment method. But in reality, only local anesthesia can prevent the patient from feeling pain during the operation. After the implant operation, some edema and swelling, discoloration of the skin in the application area and mild pain are observed, and this is very common. All these anticipated symptoms can be easily overcome with the medications prescribed by the physician to the patient before and after the operation.
Can each patient be implanted?
Implant screws are structures with a certain thickness and length. Therefore, in the area where the implant is to be placed, the jawbone must have the volume to accept this implant screw. The quality of existing bone (bone density) is also one of the factors affecting implant success. In addition, oral hygiene should be provided very well before treatment and as long as the implant remains in the mouth. As long as the general health condition of the patient is good, there is no upper age limit to prevent implant application, but it may not be preferred to apply to very young patients whose bone development is not completed.