DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Even though there are significant improvements in dental industry, millions of people suffer tooth loss mainly due to tooth decay, injury or periodontal disease. Missing tooth can cause many problems including difficulty in chewing, speech issues, dental shifting and decreased self-esteem. For years, bridges and dentures have been the only cure for people with missing teeth. But today, dental implants are available.
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WHAT IS DENTAL IMPLANT?
Dental implants are the ideal solution performed in cases where single, several or all teeth are missing. Dental implant is the latest modern treatment that is available for people with missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium or zirconia screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone, replacing the missing tooth’s root. Dental implants function like real teeth. In its simplest form, dental implants consist of three main parts: the implant post (fixture), the abutment, and the dental prosthetic (crown attachment).
IS DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY PAINFUL?
The dental implant is performed under local anesthesia. Ultimately, mouth is entirely
paralyzed (numb), and the patient feels no pain during operation. The greatest discomfort a
patient may feel is pressure. Most patients report that dental implants are less painful than tooth extractions
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE IMPLANT SURGERY?
After the dental implant operation, in some cases the patient may experience:
- mild to moderate pain (the level of pain depends on individual cases)
- mild bleeding
- bruises on the skin and gums
- swelling of gums and face
Generally, over the counter painkiller are sufficient for reducing the discomfort. Antibiotics may also be needed after dental implant surgery. If swelling, discomfort, or other problems worsen a few days following surgery, contact the dentist.
Dentists may choose to use dissolvable or non-dissolvable stitches. Dissolvable stitches do not require removal as they naturally dissolve. However, non-dissolvable stitches will need to be removed by the dentist.
Also the patient may need to consume soft foods along with avoiding hot and spicy foods exclusively for the first couple of days to improve healing process of the implant area. Patients should not smoke during the recovery period.
WHAT DOES POST DENTAL IMPLANT CARE INCLUDE?
Dental implants do not require special care, maintaining standard oral hygiene is sufficient. As part of practicing a good oral health, brushing twice a day, using dental floss, rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental examinations are recommended.
HOW LONG IS DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY LAST AND TIMELINE?
Dental implant surgery may involve several procedures like most operations. The timing of the procedure and the number of visits required are highly dependent on how fast the osseointegration (name of the process were implant fuse with the bone) occur, healing of the surrounding area along with whether the patient needs a bone graft and sinus lifting. In the event that bone grafting or sinus lifting procedures are performed the process may take up to 5-6 months. If no bone graft or sinus lifting is required, the entire procedure may take an average of 2-4 months. While the entire treatment can be completed in a single operation, it may be necessary to complete the treatment process with several operations. Although recovery varies from person to person, generally it takes between 2 and 4 months. At the end of 2 months, if there is no negative situation in the gingiva, the prosthesis process can be started. This period may also vary depending on the condition of the patient’s jawbone. Today, with the development of implant materials and new technologies, this process becomes much shorter. In some cases, a temporary tooth is made by measuring the day of the implant. Also, active implant methods that developed with some of the latest modern technologies provides the opportunity to complete the treatment in as little as 3-4 weeks.
Duration of placing a single dental implant varies from 15 minutes to 1-2 hours, according to each case. If you are having teeth removed at the same time or placement of multiple implants, your surgery may take longer.
WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANT?
Before a dental implant is placed our dentists provide a comprehensive treatment plan. The treatment plan includes detailed examination of the patient’s tooth structure and jawbone. At the planning stage the dentist requires up-to-date x-ray of the patient’s mouth to determine the optimal treatment plan for each patient’s needs. The treatment plan is important for providing customized procedural implant method. As well as determining whether sinus lifting, bone grafting or teeth extraction will be required.
Dental implant has three phases. The three phases of a dental implant include:
- Phase 1 – Placing the implant: local anesthesia is applied and a hole is drilled into bone where the implant placed in the jaw. Area is covered over with gum tissue and allowed to integrate into the jawbone for few months.
- Phase 2 – Attaching the abutment (a small metal stud on top of the implant): The dentist attaches a abutment to the implant and the gum tissue grows around it. In some situations, the implant and abutment are placed simultaneously, the combination implant and abutment serves as an anchor for the replacement tooth.
- Phase 3 – Crown attachment (artificial tooth placement): The dentist attaches a customized crown (that looks like a tooth which is custom fabricated to match your natural teeth) to the implant abutment. You may receive a trial procedure before the final fit that allows the dentist to ensure that everything fits perfectly. The patient is given instructions on how to care for their new implant retained teeth.
Possible additional phase – Bone grafts may be needed if the natural bones are inadequate. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves increasing the bone volume to ensure that the patient has a decent and firm bone base for the dental implant to attach which improves the outcome of the dental implant. Minor bone grafting can be performed on the same day as implant surgery. Nonetheless, significant bone grafting may require a separate session this will depend on the volume of bone mass missing.
IS DENTAL IMPLANTS SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?
As the dental implant procedure requires surgical steps it is not recommended especially in the first trimester. After the first trimester, routine dental treatments such as fillings, crowns and root canals are typically safe for pregnant patients. Dental implant procedure can also be performed after the first trimester. However, application of anesthesia raises a concern for dental implant procedure. Even though studies show that local anesthesia is completely safe during pregnancy; IV or oral sedation may not be safe. There has been no research to show that there are any harmful effects to the mother or the baby. Consequently, unless it is urgent it will be safer to have an implant placed after the baby is born.
Furthermore, although it is better to wait for the birth, it’s a good idea to start the dental implant process in the second trimester. After the first trimester, x-rays and/or scans of your mouth could be taken for preparation for dental implants. Also, dentists will evaluate your jawbone health and determine whether a bone graft will be necessary before performing the dental implants.
ARE THERE ANY AGE LIMITS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
The earliest age a person can receive a dental implant is 18. The reason a person should wait until the age of 18 is simply because the jawbone continues to change and grow before that age. As a result, the treatment is not recommended for younger people due potential risk of unsuccessful results.
There is no upper limit for dental implant procedures, the treatment can be successful for patients in their 80s or even 90s. Many patients who are in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and even 90s undergo dental implant procedure reported to have excellent treatment results. The dentists can create a custom treatment plan based on the patient’s current situation.
CAN PATIENTS WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES HAVE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
There is very little evidence showing that people with cardiovascular diseases are not suitable for dental implant procedure. It is suggested that dental implants can be performed for patients with cardiovascular diseases as long as necessary precautions are taken in conditions which are detrimental (eg. patients with recent heart attack, stroke).
Dental implant procedure can be performed on patients with heart diseases and those using blood thinners. The cardiologist should be informed of any procedure that will be performed on the patient. Additionally, a letter from the patient’s doctor should be obtained. Furthermore, the necessary drugs should be used in a controlled manner. Otherwise, heart disease is not an obstacle for dental implant surgery or other dental treatments.
WHICH PATIENTS SHOULD NOT HAVE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implant surgery is generally not recommended for individuals who have bone diseases, weak immune system, advanced gingival or periodontal disease, diabetes, chronic diseases, receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Patients with such conditions should consult with their doctor before having a dental implant procedure.
HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
In general, dental implants are extremely successful with success rate up to 98%. On the other hand, failure rates are very low which usually result from allergies to the metals used, the bone do not be fully fuse or location of the implant.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
In general, dental implants are not covered by basic dental insurance. Depending on the policy plan it may be covered by medical insurance. Insurance for dental treatment abroad is a developing area of medical tourism. New medical travel insurance products have entered the market. Currently policies such as medical travel insurance and medical complications insurance are exclusively available for dental treatments abroad. However, the insurance company should be contacted for more information on the policies’ specific coverage.
WHAT IS ALL ON FOUR TECHNIQUE?
All-on-Four (also known as All-on-4 and full arch implants) is a dental implant technique that replaces the entire upper or lower set of teeth with only four implants. These four dental implants are placed at a specific angle (2 front ones placed at 90 degree angle and 2 back ones placed at 45 degree angles in the jawbone) in patients with no set of teeth. All-on-Four technique is performed on the area of the jaw with high bone density. Unlike the traditional method, which requires adjacent natural teeth to support the dentures and bridges. With this technique, permanent denture or bridge is attached to All-on-Four implants in same session. Therefore, there is no need for natural teeth to support the bridges or dentures as this is taken care of by the four dental implants. As a result, All-on-Four concept provides the opportunity of not replacing each lost teeth individually subsequently saving time and money for patients. Overall All-on-Four dental implants are an excellent solution for patients with no teeth.
WHAT IS ALL ON SIX AND ALL ON EIGHT TECHNIQUES?
The difference between All-on-Four, All-on-Six and All-on-Eight techniques is simply the number of implants placed in the mouth. For the All-on-Six dental treatment six implants and for the All-on-Eight technique eight implants are required in certain areas. For further details please see section on All-on-Four.
WHICH DENTAL IMPLANT BRAND SHOULD I CHOOSE?
There are number of dental implant brands available in the market, including:
- Nobel Biocare
- Hiossen (OSSTEM Implant)
- Astra Tech
For further details please see section on Dental Implant Brands.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Oral health. Dental implants are simple to maintain because they require the same care as natural teeth. Thus no special care is needed. They also make brushing and flossing between teeth easier, resulting in improved oral hygiene.
- Appearance. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth.
- Speech. Incompatible dentures can shift inside the mouth when you speak, causing you to mutter or slur your words. Dental implants offer peace of mind and let you talk freely without fear of misalignment.
- Easier eating & chewing. Dental implants function like your natural teeth. This allows you to eat your favourite foods without pain or difficulty.
- Self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and may help increase your self-esteem.
- Durability. Dental implants are designed to fuse with bone, making them incredibly durable and long-lasting. Dental implants, like natural teeth, can last a lifetime with good oral care.
- Comfort. Dental implants offer superior comfort compared to many other tooth replacement options. Implants remove the discomfort of removable dentures as they become part of you.
- Convenience. Permanent dental implants are more comfortable and convenient than dentures. As they do not need to be removed or kept in place with adhesives.
- Safety. In most cases, the procedure is safe and painless. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or irritation in the gums. After the surgery. Which can be treated with appropriate medications.
DENTAL IMPLANT PRICE LIST
WHY IMPLANT WITH US?
- Over decades worth of experience in the placement and restoration of simple to complex cases of dental implants.
- We use only the best-known implant systems in the world.
- Complete peace of mind: there is no need to travel elsewhere for your treatment. All is performed at our clinic.
- Three-dimensional tooth design in a special program.
- Treatment is performed painlessly under local anaesthetic.
- All cases are digitally scanned and planned, eliminating the hassle and improving accuracy.
- Financing and payment plans available on request and subject to terms and conditions.
- All implant placements are precisely surgically guided to ensure the best and most accurate placement.
- We can perform soft tissue gum grafting and bone grafting where it is required.
- After support. Our team is trained in helping you look after your implant. So your implants can last for many years.
- Different implant options are available.
Any prices and specifications on this website are intended to be for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be legally binding on any party and are expressly subject to the treatment and each individual case. The Clinic reserve the right to change prices and alter or remove any special offers from time to time and as necessary.