Dental Implants in Turkey
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone in place of a lost tooth or teeth, this merges with the bony tissue to serve as a natural tooth root. Titanium used in implants is considered a tissue-friendly material by the body. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia without the patient feeling any discomfort.
Unlike crowns and dentures, an implant allows for better speaking and chewing functions, while at the same time, keeps the contours of the face looking natural. This treatment can be used at any age after bone development has been completed (16-17 Years of age in girls, and 18 for boys). There is no upper age limit for adults. An implant can be utilised by anyone with good general health. The elderly tend to lose more teeth and generally have some bone loss in the jaw, as a result, this age group is more likely to require implants.
Implant threads come in specific thicknesses and widths. The quality of the bone in the jaw is important, and the jawbone must have a height and width that fit the implant on the site of insertion. Without these considerations, an implant may not be successful.
A Dental Implant comes as three units;
- Implant: a threaded titanium implant inserted into the tooth socket
- Abutment: a post is attached after the healing of the site
- Crown: attachment of the new permanent tooth.
By using the most advanced technology (Tomography 3-D CD together with specific software), we can measure the patient’s bone to assess what implant actions are required. We offer the latest computer guided implant technology to our patients, the advantages of this procedure are; less time spent in the dental chair, less discomfort and no stitches or swelling. The A-grade dental implants we use come from international brands, manufactured in Switzerland, Germany and the USA.
For the patient considering dental implants, there are four things they need to know:
- Dental implants have a high rate of success. In general, they have an estimated 98% success rate, but this varies depending on the capabilities of the dentist, the health of the patient, and in what part of the jawbone the implant will be placed.
- Dental implants, with crowns attached, appear identical to the patient’s natural teeth, as they are customized to match the natural teeth, looking and feeling like the real thing.
- Eating is easy as dental implants are anchored into the jaw. There is no difficulty or discomfort when eating, and no slipping, sliding or falling as with standard dentures.
- Implants serve as a replacement tooth root. When the root of a tooth is missing, the jawbone will gradually start to lose bone mass and density – this happens with standard bridges and dentures. However, with dental implants, the titanium screw acts as a faux tooth root. The jawbone is coerced into thinking that the tooth root is still there, and begins to grow new tissue around it, keeping the jawbone from deteriorating.
Dental Implants do not need the aid of healthy teeth to affix a dental prosthesis – the bridges, crowns or dentures can be secured to the titanium implant itself without interfering with the other healthy teeth.
- The look, function and feeling of a dental implant is just the same as that of a natural tooth
- More aesthetic
- No possibility of decay
- More hygienic than a bridge, and easier to clean
- Implant over-dentures allow for better chewing and speaking function compared to conventional dentures,
- A missing tooth can be fixed in place without manipulating the adjacent healthy teeth
- Prevent bone loss and gum recession
- For those patients with normal dentures, having implant surgery will provide a complete set of dentures supported by implants improving the patient’s quality of life.
- Treatment is up to 70% cheaper than in Europe and the USA
A dental implant is suitable for anyone whose general health is good, and there is no upper age limit for inserting an implant. However, the insertion of a dental implant may not be suitable for very young patients who have not yet completed their bone development.
Implants come in a specific thickness and width. Therefore, the jawbone must have a height and width that allow the implant to be fitted.
In addition, the quality of bone is another factor that affects the success of a dental implant. If the bone is too hard or too soft, the success of a dental implant is adversely affected. Attention to the gums and adjacent anatomic structures are important for the insertion of dental implants.
Many patients return to their normal, everyday life on the same day of the implant being inserted. It will be necessary for the patient to wait for between 2-4 months for the bone to grow around the implant before attaching the final crown/bridge.