What are Dental İmplants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in areas of tooth loss and integrated into the jawbone. In today's dental practice, implant-borne restorations are generally preferred to help patients regain aesthetics, function, and speech. These restorations help patients achieve a healthy smile by mimicking the function and appearance of natural teeth. Dental implants are made of durable materials and provide a long-term solution. In addition, implant-borne restorations can help patients regain their confidence by improving their quality of life.

What Is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are titanium screws that are used to replace missing teeth and are placed into the jawbone. A dental prosthesis is attached to these screws. One of the advantages of dental implants over other treatments is that they do not damage the neighboring teeth. Implants replace the natural roots of the teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile again with ease. Dental implant surgery is a surgical procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal, screw-like instruments and replaces missing or damaged teeth with functional artificial teeth that look and function like real teeth. Implants may be preferred to other methods, such as bridges because they offer a more aesthetic and functional alternative to poorly fitting dentures or bridges.

Benefits and Risks of Dental Implants

Bone resorption in the area of tooth loss can be prevented by the use of dental implants, thus preventing loss of bone structure and lip deformity. Implants, which are more useful and comfortable than traditional dentures, can be used without touching the intact teeth. As with traditional dentures, intact teeth are not cut, carved, or reduced in size. Implants can also be used in patients with bone loss. However, improperly applied implant treatments can cause various problems, including bleeding, pain, soft tissue injury, damage to neighboring teeth, bone damage, sinus membrane damage, and inflammation.

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Types of Dental Implants

Implant types are classified according to many factors, from differences in application to the material used. As a result of the dentist's examination, implant application types are determined according to the findings in the patient's teeth and oral tissues.

  1. Endodontic implants are placed inside the tooth to increase the durability of the tooth.
  2. Transosseous implants are a type of implant treatment that is applied to the entire jawbone.
  3. Intramucosal implants are placed in the gum and have a similar structure to the root of the tooth.
  4. The subperiosteal implant is an implant method used in people who have not completed jaw development and do not have sufficient bone support in the mouth.
  5. The endosseous implant is the most commonly used type of dental implant and is placed inside the jawbone.

Care of Dental Implants

As with any surgical intervention, a certain amount of time is required for the implants to heal. To speed up the healing process, it is important to follow your dentist's instructions and avoid things that could irritate the surgical site. Dental implant aftercare usually includes these steps:

  • Rest,
  • regular use of antibiotics,
  • Brushing teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush,
  • Avoidance of smoking, and hard and acidic foods.

How to Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery?

Before implant surgery, the patient must undergo a detailed dental examination. Tooth and jaw x-rays are taken, three-dimensional images are obtained and the necessary information is provided for the placement of implants.

Dental Implant Costs

There are many factors to consider in determining implant prices. These include the brand of the implant, the number of implants to be used, the type of dental prosthesis to be placed on the implant, and the use of an extra graft membrane when necessary.

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