An implant is an artificial tooth root placed into a jawbone, to replace a missing tooth. This method is used to treat patients who have lost a tooth or teeth for various reasons, as it replaces the missing unit without damaging the adjacent healthy teeth. In this treatment the patient must undergo thorough systematic, radiological and clinical examinations. The number, length and diameter of the implant, along with the area of the jawbone where the implant will be fixed, must be determined. Then the patient is prepared for the surgery.
Implants are generally used in the following cases:
- When one tooth is missing, and it must be replaced without damaging the adjacent healthy teeth,
- When there are just a few teeth remaining, and support for a prosthesis is necessary,
- When all the natural teeth have been lost,
- When one tooth is missing, implant treatment may be preferred instead of downsizing and bridging the supporting teeth adjacent to the gap,
- When the total lower jaw prosthesis is used, and the bone tissue is excessively damaged, implants are applied to improve the fixation of the prosthesis.
How long does treatment take?
The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after the procedure. Generally, this takes at least three months for implants in the lower jaw, and four-six months for those in the upper jaw. But, thanks to ever developing technologies and depending on the type of implant used, this period can be reduced. In some cases, when the quantity and structure of the patient’s bone stock allows, the entire course of the treatment can be completed in two to seven days.
Please consult your dentist for detailed information.