Implant is a dental treatment that emerged as a result of rapidly developing modern medicine methods. Especially in recent years, it is used as an alternative to methods such as implant treatment, bridge and prosthesis, which have come to the fore due to its success in providing oral comfort and its aesthetic features.
What is an implant?
Implant is a method applied to eliminate tooth deficiencies in the mouth. In this process, titanium screws are placed inside the jawbone and a prosthesis is attached on the screws. Its advantage over other alternative methods is that it does not cause any damage to the neighboring teeth, therefore, no cutting or rasping of the side teeth is required in the implant application.
The inserted implant acts as the root of the tooth and allows the person to eat, laugh and talk in a natural healthy way.
Implant application provides the removal of aesthetic concerns caused by intraoral tooth deficiencies and is therefore often preferred in terms of cosmetics. Dental implants are much longer lasting and permanent than dentures. Regularly maintained implants can be used for a lifetime. Due to its full fit in the mouth, it works like a normal tooth and prevents loss of oral functions.
Apart from these, the benefits are:
- It preserves the jawbone structure.
- It helps the continuity of speech and chewing ability.
- It contributes to the natural and healthy appearance of the teeth.
- It positively affects the aesthetic appearance of the face.
- It helps to eliminate psychological problems caused by loss of self-confidence.
When is the implant done?
The following are the situations where implant application is preferred:
- It is aimed to increase prosthesis retention by using implants in people who do not have teeth in their mouths and cannot use prostheses due to bone resorption.
- It is a better treatment to make a fixed bridge on the implant instead of using removable prostheses in patients who have lost their molars.
- Implants that will act as a bridge are preferred in people who have long edentulous spaces in their mouths. This gives support and durability to long bridges.
- In case of single tooth loss, if there is no reduction in the side teeth, a coating can be applied on the implant.
How is the Implant Applied?
Implant applications are usually in 2 stages; In the first stage, the implant is placed in the jawbone, and in the second stage, the new tooth is placed on the implant. There is usually a few months between the two stages, and full recovery can take up to 5-6 months. However, during this period, the teeth can be used without hindering the intraoral function.
Implants are titanium screws that act as a tooth root and are attached to the bone under the gum. In this way, they support the dental treatment method that will come on them and provide high resistance to the treatment. It takes several months for the implant to integrate into the patient's bone, and then a fixed bridge, crown, fixed prosthesis or removable prosthesis can be placed on the screw.
Dental implants are used as an effective treatment method in cases where all teeth are missing, as well as a single tooth or a few missing teeth. Even large dental cavities in the mouth can be restored with the use of implants. In addition, this method can be applied to individuals of all ages.