Dental Implants

Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are permanent solutions for your missing teeth that function by inserting a titanium screw into your jawbone to support the artificial crown overhead. Concisely serving as a tooth root, a dental implant provides a strong supporting framework for the dental crown above. As a prominent option to restore your smile, dental implants are composed of two main parts: the implant (titanium screw that is surgically inserted into patients jawbone) and the crown which will both mimic the looks of your tooth and provide substantial functionality.


Benefits of Dental Implants


Dental implants are permanent and reliable solutions for your teeth


Dental implants are a long-lasting, permanent treatment that can last as long as your original teeth if properly cared for. Furthermore, in terms of functionality dental implants step forth as a reliable solution that increases your quality of life, restoring your daily functions such as biting and chewing. When compared to the other treatment options dental implants also ensure a fair trust and convenience, because you don't have to worry about removing them while eating or sleeping, and there's no fear of them slipping out when you talk or laugh because they are considered as a fixed solution.


Dental implants are subtle and comfortable


In the procedure of getting dental implants, the titanium screw is surgically inserted into your jawbone. Through the recovery process, the surrounding jawbone will progressively fuse to the implant, strengthening and securing it. Therefore, after fully recovered, the inserted implant will feel comfortable and natural, almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Thus, applied onto a solid and durable framework your dental crowns will function perfectly, whilst matching with your natural teeth in terms of color, shape and size.


Dental implants preserve your jawbone and prevent bone loss,


When a decayed tooth gets extracted, the jawbone surrounding the tooth diminishes gradually over time due to lack of stimulation by the tooth root. Aforementioned diminishment can cause serious aesthetic problems in your face, furthermore could limit the functionality of your teeth, making it harder for you to properly bite and chew etc. Therefore preventing bone loss is crucial if you have any missing tooth in your mouth. Dental implants serves to retain your jaw bone and incapacitates the process of decay in your jaw bone, thus protecting the integrity of your bone. Any other alternative treatments to replace your missing tooth like dental bridges or artificial dentures does not function to preserve the jawbone, hence in this aspect dental implants stand out without any surrogate.


Types of Dental Implants


Our clinic offers a multitude of implant types, suiting the needs of all patients who wish to receive dental implant treatment:


Same day implant


The traditional implant procedure is a lengthy process, often taking 5-10 months to be fully completed. During the timespan, patients tooth or teeth used to be first extracted after which the socket used to be left to heal which may have taken 3-4 months, followed by the insertion of the implant, for which the patients had to wait another 3-6 months to heal, after which the abutment and the crown was finally placed on top of the implant.

Same day implant procedure has been developed to greatly reduce this timespan, making it take about three visits to the dentist in total. This treatment is suitable for patients who have strong underlying bone structure to support the crowns that will be placed on it immediately and do not have to go through procedures such as bone grafting, sinus lifting, bone augmentation or ridge expansion in order to strengthen the structure.

During the first visit, the doctor evaluates whether the area on which the implant will be placed and the bone structure of the patient is suitable for a same day implant

On the second visit, the actual implants are implanted on the patients mouth. This process usually takes a few hours, though the timespan may differ greatly depending on the patients bone structure and the number of implantations they wish to have. Right after the implantation process, temporary crowns are placed on top of the implants which the patient will use until their next visit to the dental clinic. The temporary crowns are slightly less comfortable than their permanent counterparts, but patients usually have no complaints about them as they are very comfortable and remain in the patients mouth only for a couple of months. This time duration is needed for the jaw to completely heal and not cause further complications.

On the third visit, the crown/crowns that have been specially produced for the patient with the help of their dental impressions are replaced with the temporary crowns that were provided to the patients during their second visit to the clinic. After this visit, the implantation process is completed and the patient is free to leave with a comfortable and aesthetic new smile.


Multi day implant


The multi day implant treatment is the default and 'old' way of going on with the implant treatment and is usually selected by patients for whom the the success of single day implants cannot be guaranteed, usually due to the underlying bone structure not being adequately strong and thick for the operation.

For multiple day implants, after the extraction of the tooth or its remains, the socket may be left to heal for a couple of months if needed, though this often is not the case. The actual implantation process is done in a single day but the abutment and crown is not placed on it. Instead, the implant is left to fuse with the remaining bone structure for anywhere ranging from three to six months. During this time, we will provide you with a denture or another form of temporary replacement for your tooth which will not be attached to the underlying post, letting it heal healthily.

The abutment and crown is not placed on top of the implant as pressure exerted on the crown can lead to the underlying post to tilt, of which even the slightest can lead to an unsuccessful surgery.

After the fusing of the underlying bone with the implant has been completed, another visit to the dentist is needed in order to place the abutment and the crown after which the treatment is considered complete. The gum that remains on the top of teeth may take about a week or two to recover. The patient is then free to enjoy their new teeth.


Full Mouth Implant


Full mouth implants are preferred by patients who have lost the majority of their teeth on one or both jaws, usually caused by tooth decay or a form of gum disease. The patients remaining tooth, if any has been left in the first place, is first extracted and the underlying structure is prepared for the implantation process.

Simply put, full mouth dental implants are implant supported bridges spanning the entire or near entire jaw which usually rests on 4 implants. The points on which implants will be placed are strategically selected for the purpose of stress distribution and balance of the bridges that are going to be placed on top of them.

To perform the surgery on the selected locations, the dentist will create an incision on the gumline covering the selected spots and will place the implant the posts in place. After the implant has been done, if the patient has a sufficiently strong and thick underlying bone structure, the same day procedure can be undertaken, in which the implants won't be let to rest and heal, with temporary bridges being given to the patient until they receive their permanent bridges. Otherwise, the patient will be given a set of temporary dentures until the implants are fully fused with the jawbone. After the healing process is completed, the new set of bridges will be fit on top of the implants.

Patients who undergo the full mouth implant treatment enjoy a full set of comfortable teeth, with no discomfort given that the surgery has been performed by dentists who possess the required expertise for the task.


Mini implants


Mini implants are the choice of implants for patients who wish to have implants but are unable to do so due to their reduced jawbone density or size, without surgeries such as bone grafting.

Mini implants are, as it is apparent from its name, an implant of reduced size. While traditional implants size between 3.5 mm's to 5 mm's in diameter, mini implants, on average have a size a little bit smaller than 3 mm. This makes it ideal for same day implants and implants for patients with the mentioned conditions which would have rendered traditional implant methods non feasible.

Mini implants posts are placed in the jawbone by creating a small incision on the gum where they will be placed, followed by their implantation. Depending on the particular condition of the patient, a temporary crown can be fitted on the implant, which will be replaced with the permanent crown as soon as it is produced for a same day procedure, or be left to heal for a time most often less than that expected for traditional implants, after which a crown will be fitted on top.


Multiple Implants


Simply put, multiple implants are bridges fitted on top of implants which may vary in quantity depending on the span of the location on which bridges are going to be fit. They are mostly preferred by patients who have lost or damaged multiple adjacent teeth, as getting discrete implants for every single missing adjacent tooth is a redundant operation, not to mention the operation raising unnecessary costs.

Multiple implant bridges are fitted on supporting implants, of which are placed on the ends of the bridge, with one being placed on the middle of it in order to properly support the bridge. The operation can be undergone as a same day surgery or as a traditional implant surgery, depending on the bonejaw density and thickness of the patient.

After the implant posts are placed in the patients mouth, depending on whether or not the surgery is to be undergone as same day or traditional treatment, a temporary crown may be given to the patient for them to use until the arrival of their permanent crowns, or the implants can be left to heal, which takes about 3-6 months a timespan which differs from patient to patient with them receiving a temporary denture to be used in during the process.


All on 4 Implants


All on 4 implant treatment consists of the placement of a denture that spans the entire jaw fitted on top of four implants that are strategically placed in order to properly distribute stress that comes along with chewing and ensure the longevity of the fitted denture. All on four is a specialized form of dental implant treatment and all of its details cannot be explained in detail here. You can read more about all on 4 implants in its dedicated treatment page.


Procedure


In the first visit your dentist should evaluate the situation and perform an elaborative dental examination on the mouth and teeth. After evaluating the situation holistically and assessing your suitability for dental implants, your dentist will prepare an excessive treatment plan in accordance with your wants and needs. The creation of a tailored treatment plan is the initial stage in the dental implant procedure. The plan is tailored to your unique requirements and is created by a team of specialists in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. In accordance with your ongoing medical conditions, respective medical history and elaborative dental examination, this team of specialists will set the tone for the subsequent procedures.

After deciding on a treatment plan which is crafted specifically for the patients needs, the patient will undergo a surgical operation to place the dental implants. The initial stage of oral surgery frequently involves the extraction of a tooth or teeth since in most cases defective teeth are still present in the patients mouth. After the extraction, the titanium screws can be placed in the mouth depending on the situation of the jawbone. If the jawbone is inadequate for the implant placement, a specific operation called "bone grafting" might be needed to prepare the jawbone for implants. Otherwise, when the bone is thick and strong enough to hold a dental implant, the screws can be placed in the same day, also known as "same-day dental implants" or "immediate implants". Moreover, in some cases, if the implants are going to place in the upper jaw bone, presence of the sinus might reduce the area of the bone which is necessary to place the implants. In such cases, an operation called "sinus lifting" might be needed to prepare the bone for dental implants.

When the placement of the dental implant is completed, the gum is stitched and left for healing. This healing period usually takes three to six months, in order for the titanium implant to adequately merge with the jawbone. Exact healing time mostly depends on the quality of the bone of the patient. During this process temporary dentures and veneers could be utilized to provide aesthetic solutions for the missing teeth. Nevertheless, the patient should be careful with the actions like biting and chewing.

During this time regular dental examinations should take place to evaluate the general situation regarding the implants. When the implants have successfully merged with the bone, an abutment will be placed on top of the implant. This abutment tooth will serve as an anchor point to support the artificial crown on top. Then, the dental crown will be fitted on top of the abutment, which can come in various materials depending on the patients wish. Your cosmetic dentist will make sure it will match the shape, size and color in accordance with your natural teeth, (or the color that you always wanted!) furthermore, to perfectly function throughout years (or even decades!).


Cost


The cost of dental implants could vary affluently depending on the number, brand, necessary surgical procedures, materials of the covering crowns etc. Therefore, the patients individual situation should be evaluated holistically to determine an exact quote. In our website we provide a free Cost Estimation Quiz to our patients to obtain a brief estimation about our prices. After taking the Quiz you can directly consult our specialists through phone, message or even a video call and get an exact quote.