Implant Treatment

What is Implant Treatment?

Implant treatment is an effective method used to permanently treat missing teeth. Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth and offer the closest solution to natural teeth. Implant treatment reconstructs the patient’s oral structure, improving aesthetic appearance and restoring chewing function.

What is an Implant?

A dental implant is a screw-like device made of titanium or titanium alloy. This implant is inserted into the jawbone of the missing tooth and replaces the natural tooth root. The prosthetic tooth that is placed over it is mounted on top of the implant and provides an aesthetic that is in harmony with the jawline.

What are the Steps of Implant Treatment?

  • Examination and Planning: Before the implant treatment begins, the dentist takes the patient’s history, performs an oral and dental examination, takes x-rays and determines the treatment plan.
  • Implant Placement: The implant is surgically placed in the jawbone. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and in most cases sedation or general anesthesia is used to ensure the patient’s comfort.
  • Healing Process: Once the implant is placed, the jawbone begins to surround the implant and the implant integrates with the jawbone (osteointegration). This process usually takes several months and ensures that the implant is firmly joined to the bone.
  • Implant Placement: After healing is complete, the prosthetic tooth is placed on the implant. The prosthesis is screwed or glued onto the implant and provides an aesthetic that is compatible with natural teeth.

Who is Suitable for Implant Treatment?

Implant treatment is generally suitable for adults who have an intact jawbone structure and good oral hygiene. People who are missing teeth and are not suitable for other treatment options may benefit from implant treatment. However, every patient situation is different and it is important to consult with a dentist to determine suitability for implant treatment.

What are the Advantages of Implant Treatment?

  • Provides a permanent solution.
  • It offers the closest solution to natural teeth.
  • Does not damage other teeth and does not require cutting neighboring teeth.
  • Improves chewing function and increases speech ability.
  • Improves aesthetic appearance and increases self-confidence.

Disadvantages and Risks of Implants

  • High cost: Implant treatment is generally more expensive than other dental treatment options.
  • Surgical risks: As with any surgical procedure, implant placement involves some risks.
  • Healing process: The process of integration of the implant into the bone can be long and may require patience from the patient.
  • Infection and implant loss: Infection can develop around the implant and lead to implant loss.

Implant Care

After implant treatment, regular and effective oral hygiene must be maintained. This includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Good oral hygiene ensures the long-term success of the implant.

In conclusion, implant treatment is an effective and reliable method to permanently treat missing teeth. When properly planned and maintained, implants offer the closest solution to natural teeth and provide the patient with long-term oral health.

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