What is dental implant surgery?
Dental implant surgery is the process of creating an artificial tooth root in the form of a screw that is often placed in the jawbone of patients to regain the function and appearance of the missing teeth in the case of tooth loss experienced for any reason
Why is dental implant surgery necessary?
To have a dental implant, one or more teeth must be missing or damaged. Also, having enough bone to position the implant in the jaw will make it easier to undergo a successful implant treatment. Patients who pay attention to oral hygiene will have an easier treatment.
How to prepare for dental implant surgery?
After clarification that the implant is feasible for the patient, an X-ray is taken by the dentist in order to have a clearer diagnosis of the implant area. The treatment process is determined according to this film.
If the patient's bones are found to be inadequate for this procedure, bone graft procedures can be applied. In this case, it may be necessary to wait 4-12 months for the patient to recover and to start the implant.
How is dental implant surgery done?
A surgical operation is done to open cavities for placing implants in the jawbone. This process lasts 1-2 hours and the patient has to be under general or local anesthesia.
After the implant is placed into the jaw bones by surgical procedures, it will recover within 5-7 months depending on the bone density and bone structure. The patient who has rested in the healing process will be ready for the second stage.
In the second stage, a temporary crown is attached. Temporary crowns are used 4-6 weeks and in this period the permanent crown is prepared. The last stage is the placement of a permanent crown.
Finally, the prepared prostheses are placed on the implant.
What are the care instructions after dental implant surgery?
Although patients have had a successful implant surgery, they should maintain proper and regular care in the continuation of the treatment. Teeth should be brushed 2-3 times a day, cleaned daily with dental floss and alcohol-free mouthwash should be used.
Within a few days of implant placement, you should not brush the implanted area. You have to consume soft foods, and avoid smoking. Otherwise, the operation area which is still sensitive may be damaged.
It is also important that you visit your dentist routinely every 6 months. In these controls, your dentist may take several more films to examine the condition of implants, crowns and prostheses.
Painkillers are regularly used for several days after implantation. The reason for this is to control the pain that the patient could feel and to minimize the inflammation.