Dental Implants

Tooth loss is one of the obstacles to achieving a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth. However, this obstacle can be overcome thanks to dental implants.

The Basics of Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial roots placed to replace lost teeth. These roots are integrated into the jawbone and hold on firmly. Porcelain or ceramic teeth placed on them provide an appearance and function similar to natural teeth. In addition to achieving an aesthetic smile, dental implants also restore chewing function. This treatment is planned and applied by specialist dentists and implant surgeons. Dental implants fill gaps, protect the jaw structure and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting. Dental implants are an important option to achieve a healthy and aesthetic smile.

The Process of Dental Implants

An implant is an artificial structure that replaces missing teeth in case of tooth loss and acts as a natural tooth root. Dental implants begin with placing a screw-like root made of titanium into the jawbone. It takes a while for the implant to integrate with the jawbone, and in this process the bone accepts the implant. Then, a prosthetic tooth is attached to it, which provides an aesthetically similar appearance to a natural tooth.

Types of Dental Implant Treatments

Dental implants replace the lost tooth and restore an aesthetic smile and natural chewing function. It also helps protect the jawbone and prevents other teeth around the teeth from shifting. Implants are long-lasting and can be used healthily with proper care and hygiene.

Dental implant application is a surgical procedure and is performed by specialist dentists or implant surgeons. Implant treatment is customized for each patient and planned according to the patient’s condition. Implant treatment is performed by taking into consideration factors such as the person’s general health condition and the quality and quantity of the jawbone.

Implant treatment is one of the most effective and long-lasting solutions to solving problems caused by tooth loss. Thanks to personally designed implants, it is possible to have a natural smile and a healthy mouth.

 

There are different methods of implant treatment because each patient may have different needs. Here are some common implant treatment methods:


1) Bone Augmentations

Bone augmentations are medical procedures or treatments designed to enhance or modify bone structure.

These augmentations can involve various techniques such as bone grafting, bone implants, or the use of growth factors to stimulate bone growth. They are often employed in orthopedic and reconstructive surgeries to repair fractures, correct deformities, or improve bone density. Additionally, bone augmentations may be utilized in dental implants and other areas of regenerative medicine to support tissue regeneration and enhance bone strength.


2) Sinus Lift

A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure performed in dentistry to add bone to the upper jaw in the area of the molars and premolars. This procedure is typically done when there is insufficient bone height in the upper jaw, often due to bone loss or the natural anatomy of the sinus.

During a sinus lift, the sinus membrane is lifted upward, and bone graft material is inserted into the space created between the jaw and the sinus floor. This helps to create more bone height and volume in the upper jaw, providing a stable foundation for dental implants. Sinus lifts are commonly performed prior to dental implant placement in the posterior maxilla (upper jaw).


3) All on X (all on 4)

“All on X,” also known as “All-on-4,” is a dental implant solution designed to restore an entire arch of teeth (either upper or lower) using just four implants. It’s a treatment option for individuals who are missing multiple teeth or have severely damaged teeth and want a more stable and permanent solution compared to traditional dentures.

The “X” in “All on X” represents the number of implants used, which can vary depending on the specific case and the needs of the patient. This approach typically involves placing implants at strategic angles to maximize support and stability for the prosthetic teeth.


4) Zygomatic Implant

A zygomatic implant is a type of dental implant used in cases where traditional implants are not feasible due to insufficient bone volume in the jaw.

Instead of being anchored into the jawbone, zygomatic implants are anchored in the dense bone of the cheekbone (zygomatic bone). This allows for the successful placement of dental prosthetics, such as dentures or crowns, even when significant bone loss has occurred in the jaw.

Zygomatic implants are typically used in patients who have experienced severe bone resorption in the upper jaw, often as a result of long-term tooth loss or other dental conditions.


5) Same Day Implantology

Same Day Implantology is a dental procedure where a dental implant is placed and a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) is attached on the same day as the implant surgery. This technique allows patients to have missing teeth replaced in a single visit, reducing the overall treatment time compared to traditional implant procedures, which may require multiple visits over several months.


6) Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium or titanium alloy that are surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gums. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth that are designed to match your natural teeth.

Dental implants offer a long-term solution for people who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, periodontal disease, or other reasons. They can improve chewing ability, speech, and aesthetics, and they are considered one of the most reliable and effective methods for replacing missing teeth.

 

The Implant Procedure

Initial Examination and Planning

These methods allow implant treatment to be adapted to different situations and needs. The most appropriate method for implant treatment is determined by the dentist or implant surgeon according to the patient’s condition.

When applying implant treatment, first a detailed examination and x-ray are performed. The patient’s mouth structure, bone condition and general health condition are evaluated. In line with this information, the area where the implant will be placed is planned.

Surgical Procedure and Healing

The implant procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia. The implant is placed precisely into the jawbone. A temporary protective coating or a temporary prosthesis may be applied after the procedure.

A period of time is waited for the implant to fuse with the bone and for the healing process. This period can often last several months. During this period, a solid connection is formed with the surrounding bone of the implant.

Placement of Permanent Prosthesis

After the healing process is completed, the permanent dental prosthesis or bridge is placed on the implant. The prosthesis functions similarly to natural teeth and provides an aesthetic smile.

The implants used are FDI and CE certified and are used with a clinical warranty. Implant treatment is carried out meticulously and under hygienic conditions by specialist dentists.

All-On-4 is a treatment method whose success has been proven scientifically and experimentally. This technique is applied to edentulous patients and allows implants and dentures to be made on the same day. In All-On-4 treatment, four dental implants are placed in the mouth and fixed dental prosthesis are combined with the implants in a single surgical operation. This method allows to obtain rapid results without the need for different application days and methods.

Zygomatic implant is a type of implant applied to patients with osteoporosis in the upper jaw bone. When it is not possible to place classical implants, zygomatic implants are placed in the mouth with support from the cheekbones. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and is a painless operation for patients. After the zygomatic implant operation, patients can have their prosthesis on the same day. Zygomatic implants provide rapid results, just like All-On-4 applications.

Bone grafts are a treatment method used in dentistry and are also known as bone transplants. This method is applied to increase bone volume in patients with inadequate bone quantity and quality. The operation is performed by transplanting bone powder or preferably the patient’s own bone. In patients with insufficient bone volume, other implant methods may not be possible. Bone grafts are an important step for successful implant treatment.

Suitability and Considerations

Candidate Criteria

Implant treatment can generally be applied to patients over the age of 18, when facial and mouth development has been completed. Especially for patients between the ages of 15-18, bone development is expected to be completed before starting implant treatment.

The age limit is usually set as a lower limit, meaning that anyone over the age of 18 can be a suitable candidate for implant treatment. Although the upper age limit is not a strict restriction, successful implant applications can also be performed in older patients. You stated that you provide successful implant treatment to patients over 100 years old in your clinic.

However, in order to be suitable for implant treatment, health status is also important as well as age. Patients with uncontrolled health problems should be evaluated by a doctor before implant treatment.

As a result, patients in all age groups who are over 18 years of age, have completed facial and oral development, and are fit for health are suitable candidates for implant treatment. First, by performing a detailed examination and evaluation, your specialist dentist will determine the most suitable treatment plan for you.

 

F.A.Q.

In this section, we’ll address common questions and concerns regarding dental implants.

Yes, most people are candidates for dental implants, but a thorough evaluation by a dentist or oral surgeon is necessary to determine eligibility.

Yes, dental implants are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, providing a natural appearance.

No, the procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring minimal discomfort during the surgery. However, some soreness and swelling may occur afterward, but it can be managed with medication.

No, dental implants should be cared for just like natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups.

Yes, with proper care and maintenance, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime, making them a durable and long-term solution for tooth replacement.

Conclusion

Dental implants stand as a beacon of hope for those grappling with the challenges of tooth loss. Beyond mere aesthetics, they provide a pathway to reclaiming confidence and functionality in daily life. As advancements in dental technology continue to evolve, so too do the possibilities for achieving a healthy, natural smile. With the guidance of skilled professionals and a commitment to personalized care, the journey to dental restoration becomes not just a treatment, but a transformative experience.

 

Start Your Journey to a Restored Smile with Genç Dental

Ready to embark on your journey to a radiant smile? Visit Genç Dental Clinic today and discover the personalized care and expertise needed for your dental implant journey. Our team of specialist dentists is dedicated to crafting tailored treatment plans, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction every step of the way. Take the first step towards renewed confidence and oral health – schedule your consultation now.

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