What You Wonder About Dental Implants

What You Wonder About Dental Implants

Implants are artificial titanium tooth roots placed in the jawbone to replace teeth lost for various reasons. While implants provide better speech and chewing function than traditional veneers and prostheses, they also bring a natural appearance to your face.

Implant is a comfortable and reliable application. The operation can be performed under local anesthesia without any pain or discomfort. General anesthesia can also be applied when necessary. However, it should not be forgotten that healthy gums and sufficient bone structure to support the implant are essential for implant application.

What is a dental implant?

Implants are artificial tooth roots placed in the jawbone to replace teeth lost for various reasons.

What material is a dental implant made of?

Implants are made of titanium.

Is implant treatment a comfortable and safe application?

Implant treatments are a safe and comfortable practice as long as they are performed in a sterile environment with a team of experts.

While one leg of the implant treatments is the surgical procedure, the other leg is the prosthesis operation. For this reason, it is very important that the prosthodontist and the oral and maxillofacial surgeon work in harmony with each other.

Who can the implant be applied to?

The success of implant treatment depends on the jaw structure and the adequacy of the jawbone. In patients who do not have sufficient bone density, implant operations are performed by applying artificial bone powder to the areas where the density is low.

Although there is no upper age limit for implant treatments, implant treatment can be applied to all patients over the age of 18, that is, who have completed their bone development.

In addition, people with uncontrolled diabetes, blood pressure, blood coagulation problems and advanced heart disease are not operated without the permission of their physicians before implant operations.

Is pain felt during the implant operation?

During the implant operation, the patient does not feel pain or pain thanks to the local anesthesia to be administered into the mouth. The pain that may be felt after the operation can be relieved with any painkiller used in daily life

Can implant operations be performed under general anesthesia?

Implant operation can also be performed under general anesthesia depending on the patient’s request and condition.

How long does it take for implants to be placed in the mouth?

The duration of the implant operation varies according to the number of implants to be placed in the mouth, but the placement time of an implant is approximately 15-20 minutes.


Can an implant be made immediately after tooth extraction?

There are 2 different applications related to this subject. If there is no inflammation or defect at the extraction site, an implant can be made immediately in that area. However, if there is any defect in the extraction site, artificial bone powder should be applied to this area and wait for about 2 months and the extraction site should be allowed to heal.

How long to wait for prostheses after implants are made?

After the implant operation, it is necessary to wait 2-4 months for the implant to integrate with the jawbone. You can use the link to get information about implant-supported prostheses.

Do you need an implant for every missing tooth?

1 implant is not required for every missing tooth. If there is more than one missing tooth in the same area in the mouth, a single implant may allow for 2 or 3 prosthetic teeth to be made.

What are the advantages of implant treatment?

The prostheses made after the implant application form the closest structure to the natural tooth.

  • They provide better chewing and speaking function compared to traditional prostheses.
  • It has a more aesthetic appearance compared to other prostheses.
  • Thanks to the implants, the missing teeth can be eliminated without touching the adjacent healthy teeth.
  • It increases the retention in total dentures. That is to say, the retention of lower jaw total prostheses is very low. Therefore, even if the patient does not have sufficient bone level, the retention increases by placing 2 implants in the lower jaw.

How long does a dental implant last?

It has been observed that the implants remain problem-free for a lifetime. However, there are many factors that affect the longevity of implants. The first of these is how much the patient attaches importance to oral hygiene.

How should the care and cleaning of the implants be?


  • You should brush your dentures correctly at least 2 times a day. You can get information from your doctor about effective brushing techniques.
  • It is useful to use an interface brush or dental floss to remove the food residues accumulated between the teeth and around your implant.
  • You can use mouthwash or mouthwash to ensure oral hygiene.

Do implants have a risk of causing allergies or cancer?

Implants are not likely to cause allergies or cancer.

Are implant applications an expensive treatment?

Although implant applications are thought to be an expensive treatment at first glance, we believe that it is not an expensive treatment in terms of the advantages (comfort, aesthetics) it provides to the patient.

If there are drugs that are used continuously before the implant operation, should they be discontinued?


Before the implant operation, you may need to leave some of your regular medications under the control of your doctor for a few days. For this reason, it is beneficial for your doctor and dentist to be in contact before the operation.

Is it necessary to remove an implant-supported prosthesis at night?

Implant supported prostheses are of 2 types. The first is fixed prostheses on implants, which you cannot remove. The second is implant-supported prostheses made to increase the retention of total prostheses, also known as palate, in the absence of total teeth, which will be beneficial for your oral hygiene if you remove this type of prosthesis at night.

Can implant supported prostheses be renewed?

Implant-supported prostheses, of course, are renewable. During the renewal period, the previously made implants (screw part) remain in the mouth, only the prostheses made on the implant are renewed. Implant-supported prostheses have a lifetime just like other prostheses. You can extend the life of your prosthesis by taking care of your prosthesis care and oral hygiene.

Can dental implants be recommended for smokers?

Smoking and alcohol use prolongs the recovery period after implant operations and complicates the process. For this reason, we ask our patients to stay away from smoking and alcohol, at least during the recovery period.

Do you remain toothless during the recovery and waiting period after the implant operation?

Our patients do not have to spend this period without teeth.

We make temporary prosthesis for our patients for the expected period until the prostheses are made after the implant operation.


How long does it take to return to social life after the operation?

You can return to your normal life immediately after the implant operation, and you can go to work 1 or 2 days later.


Mecidiyekoy Hospitadent

Chief Physician Dt. Yigit Emrah KURT