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Are you considering a dental implant to improve or restore your smile?
We’ve created this comprehensive guide so you can discover how much implants cost, how long they take, whether you’re eligible for implant treatment, and everything else you might not be aware of but might want to know.
Read on to find out exactly what an implant is, what the implant procedure entails, and the cost of implants. We will explain the different types of implants.
Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to decide whether dental implants are the most suitable restorative dental solution for you.
We hope you find this guide we have prepared useful.
In this guide, we’ll provide answers to the most frequently asked questions, including:
• What is a Dental Implant?
• Who Can Have Implants?
• Types of Implants and Tooth Restoration
• Dentures vs. Bridge vs. Implant
• Step by Step Implant Process
• How Much Is It To Have An Implant?
• Advantages of Implants
• Is It Worth Having Implants?
An implant is a screw-like artificial tooth root that is surgically placed in the jawbone. A prosthesis is used to hold a tooth or a set of teeth in place. In this way, the implants function similarly to the natural tooth root, but you can also think of them as screw threads.
Many people use the term ‘implant’ to refer to the entire replacement tooth, but actually refers only to the part that is inserted into the bone. The ‘tooth’ part is called the crown and an abutment (foot) connects these two parts.
Implants can be used in case of an accident or medical condition that causes the patient to lose one or more of their teeth. There are also those who prefer to have implants for purely cosmetic reasons.
In other words, implants are artificial teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Let’s say from the beginning, Implant may not be a suitable treatment for everyone. To be a suitable candidate for an implant, the patient must have strong, healthy gums and a jawbone that can support the new root.
Patients with oral health problems such as gum disease or bone loss may not be suitable for implant surgery.
However, in most cases, it is possible to do a dental bone graft to strengthen the jawbone before the implants are placed.
There is an alternative for patients who cannot have traditional implant treatment. We call these mini implants. They are similar in structure to their larger counterparts, but have a thin root the width of a toothpick. Because of this structure, it means less bone is needed for implants to hold in place.
If you’ve been told you can’t get an implant because you’ve lost your jawbone or your bone density is too low, mini-implants may be an option. It has an additional advantage. They can usually be done in a single visit. In other words, there is no need to wait 3-6 months for the implant to settle.
Mini implants can often cost less than regular ones, but they also have some disadvantages. Do not make any decisions without considering this.
There are two main types of implants:
The first is the endosteal implant. These are placed directly on the jawbone and hold one or more artificial teeth in place via abutments. They look like small conical or cylindrical screws.
The other is the subperiosteal implant. This dental implant has a metal base that is placed below the gum tissue, but at or above the jawbone. Artificial teeth are attached in the same way to support the protrusion from the gums.
This type is less common but is an alternative for patients with shallow jawbones that do not support endosteal implants.
The animation below shows the different components of an inserted endosteal implant:
Now that we have fully understood what an implant is, namely the “spare tooth” placed on an artificial root, we can now examine it with the different types of replacement teeth available.
When only one tooth needs to be replaced, a single crown is attached to the implant (placed on the bone). This is different from the crown used to repair a broken tooth. The bridge is an alternative to the implant. Adheres to two adjacent teeth and fills the gap. The disadvantage of a bridge is that it requires thinning of healthy teeth.
An implant bridge can be used in cases where two or more teeth are missing in a row. Instead of placing one implant screw for each tooth, only two implants can be used to support three or four fused artificial teeth.
If all the teeth in the jaw need to be replaced, prosthetic implants may be the solution. These consist of a full set of acrylic or ceramic teeth attached to a gum-coloured acrylic base.
Patients who have lost all their teeth may also consider full mouth implants, also known as all-on-4 implants. Unlike implant-supported dentures, these are permanently fixed in place. Many people prefer the idea of having fixed teeth instead of having to remove them to clean their teeth.
Implant or ‘implantology’ consists of several stages.
This treatment can be performed by a dentist with sufficient further training, a periodontist, a prosthodontist or an oral surgeon.
Note that there are many variations on the procedure that we will explain below, and some steps may be completed at the same time or on a different timeline.
A meticulous examination should be performed before surgery. Your dentist will review the nerves, sinuses and bone structure around the area to be treated. This usually includes an X-ray of your jaw, but other scans may be needed. A computed tomography (CT) scan is the most accurate type of radiography available – it allows your dental surgeon to assess the current condition of your jawbone and oral structure.
Before implant surgery, your teeth and gums will be examined and related problems will be treated.
Pre-implant bone grafting may be required to strengthen the jaw in patients with low bone density or damage to the jawbone. This involves removing bone from another part of the body and placing it where the dental implant will be placed. The bone is usually taken from a different part of the jaw, but can also come from the shin or hip. Alternatively, synthetic materials can be used.
B- Implant Placement
Placement of implants in or on the jawbone is classified as an ‘outpatient’ procedure, which means there is no need for an overnight hospital stay. It can be done in your dentist’s office, usually with local anesthesia. Nervous patients can often request IV sedation dentistry to make the procedure less stressful.
Your dentist will advise you on what is best based on the number of implants planned, the complexity of the operation and your level of anxiety.
The procedure itself consists of several steps. The first step is to make an incision in the gum to expose the bone. A hole is then made where the dental implant will be placed in the jaw. The implant itself is then screwed into place.
After the implant is placed, a healing cap can be placed on it. This serves the dual purpose of protecting the implant site and promoting soft tissue growth. However, it is not aesthetically ideal when used in anterior dental implants. Alternatively, the gum can be sutured or fixed over the implant to protect the area from debris and infection. After that, the implant site will ache for several days and special attention should be paid to cleaning, eating and drinking.
During complete healing, which can take four to six months, the implant fuses with the bone – a process called osseointegration. For this reason, materials that are biocompatible with our body, such as titanium, are used in dental implants.
Setting Up The Abutment
After the osseointegration is completed, the abutment is installed. This is an extension that protrudes from the gums and connects the replacement tooth or crown to the implant.
If a temporary cover was not placed on the implant at the initial stage, the gingiva on the implant must be reopened to place this abutment. Again, this procedure is an ‘outpatient’ operation requiring only local anesthesia. After the abutment is placed, the gingiva is closed, but this time it does not cover it.
In some cases, it is possible to place both the implant and the abutment during the same surgery. As long as there’s enough time for the area to heal, of course. The long-term negative effects of doing this are not yet known.
Your dentist can immediately provide you with a temporary denture or bridge for you to wear while the gum tissue around the abutment heals. This avoids the awkwardness of people seeing you with metal stumps where your teeth should be. After about 2 weeks, the gingival tissue should be completely healed. This marks the end of the surgery and it’s time to get the crowns done.
D- Putting the Crown
Once your mouth is fully healed, you will visit the dentist again to begin the process of making your crown. After taking the new tooth impressions, your dental surgeon will shape the replacement tooth to fit your existing tooth structure.
The color of the crown will be matched with the surrounding teeth to make it look as natural as possible. This is especially important with anterior dental implants and cosmetic implants. When the crown is ready, it is attached to the fulcrum. Dental adhesive fills the hole used to tighten the screw inside the crown.
E- Healing Process After Implant
It will take time for your body to heal after each stage of the implant process. It is common to experience certain ailments during this recovery period, including:
Swollen gums or swollen face, bruised gums and skin, pain around the implant site, slight bleeding.
Most dental surgeons now use self-dissolving stitches as the wound heals. If there are no self-dissolving stitches, you will need to make another visit to your physician to remove the stitches.
All of the symptoms we mentioned above should subside in the days following your treatment. If you notice worsening swelling, pain or bleeding, you should contact your dentist immediately. You may need antibiotics or stronger pain relievers.
There are many variables that will determine the cost of your individual implant treatment.
Implant prices depend on: The condition of your gums and existing teeth, your general oral health, the current condition of your jawbone, whether surgery such as bone grafting or sinus lifting is necessary, how many teeth are replaced and how many implants are needed, Is it in your upper or lower jaw, front or back? you need an implant, the fees may vary depending on factors such as the type of implant screw and your location.
Note that some physicians may use inexpensive implants that are not of good quality. While they do save money, they are often not guaranteed for long, so they may cost you more in the long run. Unfortunately, choosing a cheap option for an issue as important as your teeth may not yield good results.
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The solution to the missing tooth problem is definitely implants. If a patient is missing one or more teeth, it can be much more than a cosmetic nuisance. Missing teeth have many negative consequences for your dental health and how you live. With the loss of teeth, it may become difficult to eat and speak, and you may deteriorate the structure of your jaw over time.
The cost of implants will vary depending on the severity of your condition and how your gums, existing teeth and jaw are currently doing.
We can summarize the advantages of implants as follows:
• Long-term and permanent solution to tooth loss
• Stable and durable
• Since they are not removable, they cannot be misplaced
• They do not cause any difficulties in speaking
• Opportunity to eat normal
• Natural teeth appearance and sensation
• No adhesive or special cleaning required
• Does not adversely affect adjacent healthy teeth
Most dentists agree that implants are the best way to replace missing teeth if your jaw structure can support them. They last longer than prostheses or bridges and present less risk of complications.
Having a confident smile can make a huge difference in people’s careers, private lives and social circles. For this reason, you can see implants as a long-term investment in your health and yourself.
Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist lots of questions to understand the procedure. You can ask us questions to learn more about what the procedure entails and what it’s like to live with implants.
Whatever you decide, we hope this guide has helped you make a more informed decision about which treatment is right for you.
Why Should You Prefer Alldent When It Comes To Implant Treatment?
Implant applications are durable for life just like our own teeth. Implant treatment at Alldent has a lifetime guarantee.
A Healthy Mouth
With implant treatment, you can have a healthy mouth without damaging the adjacent teeth. So you have the same feeling as your own teeth.
Confidence and Comfort
Implant dental treatment renews your oral health and aesthetics 100%. With implant treatment, you will have an aesthetic smile and healthy teeth.