Things to Know Before Implant Treatment

Things to Know Before Implant Treatment

How long does the implant procedure take?

Although it varies according to the case, our surgical application time for 1 implant is usually 15 minutes.

In many cases, an implant can be placed in the tooth cavity as soon as the tooth is extracted.

Following the surgical stage, it is necessary to wait 2-3 months in the lower jaw and 3-5 months in the upper jaw for the formation of a healthy bone tissue between the implant and the jawbone. After sufficient time has passed, the implants are opened and their measurements are taken at the prosthesis stage. The treatment is completed by making a prosthesis on the implant in 2-3 sessions and in about 1 week.

What preparations should be made before implantation?

After a detailed clinical and radiological examination of the patient’s general health and existing teeth, your maxillofacial surgeon decides whether he is a suitable candidate for the implant. The factors that cause dental and gingival diseases of the patient are removed from the mouth. Implant application is performed when oral care and health are gained.

How is it determined whether the patient is suitable for the implant?

In particular, patients who use heavy cortisone, those with advanced cardiovascular problems, people with diabetes (if the sugar can be kept at a certain level, these patients can be implanted), those with blood diseases, those who receive chemotherapy or radiotherapy are generally not suitable candidates for the implant.

If the patient smokes more than 1 pack a day and does not care about oral and dental health, the success of implant treatment decreases.

Since it is necessary to have a bone area of ​​thickness and length to cover all around for the success of the implant, it is investigated whether the patient has sufficient bone amount with various x-rays and instruments that can measure bone thickness. All these factors are evaluated and it is determined whether the patient is suitable for the implant.

Is it impossible to implant when there is not enough bone?

If sufficient bone cannot be detected in the examination, implants can be placed after creating bone infrastructure by using bone powder (grafts) together with developing techniques.

How many implants can be made in a mouth with no teeth?

Implants are not required for all missing teeth in completely edentulous mouths. While planning the fixed prosthesis, we consider the lower jaw separately and the upper jaw separately. Since our upper jaw bone is softer and less resistant than our lower jaw, we need more implants than the lower jaw. In many cases, 8 implants are applied to the upper jaw and 6 implants to the lower jaw.

The difference in the number of implants varies according to the bone condition of the person. Bone length, width, bone quality, sinus droop and similar factors increase or decrease the number of implants.


Fatih Hospital

Oral, Dental and Maxillofacial Surgeon Specialist

Dr. Erdogan Utku URETURK