Consultations take place by GDC registered dentists or imaging centres in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Nottingham.
FDA & CE Approved
Longevita’s dentists in Turkey use FDA and CE approved dental implants with lifetime warranty at internationally certified clinics.
Aftercare support is available by GDC registered dentists in the UK who work in liaison with Longevita’s dentists in Turkey.
|PROCEDURE:||Place a metal post made of titanium surgically into the jawbone and restore with fixed or removable prosthesis|
|LENGTH:||2 to 3 hours: first appointment (surgery) 3 to 4 hours: second appointment (restoration)|
|ANESTHESIA:||Local or local with sedation|
|SIDE EFFECTS:||Swelling, discomfort, bruising|
|RISK:||Unexpected reaction to anaesthetic, infection, excessive bleeding, nerve damage, sinusitis|
|RECOVERY:||Back to work: 2 to 4 days Full integration between implant and jawbone: 6 weeks to 6 months|
What are Teeth Implants?
A tooth implant is an artificial tooth replacement. Made from titanium, an implant is well tolerated by bone and fuses with bone tissue. Aim of teeth implants surgery is to attain a close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the encompassing bone tissue so they are osseointegrated together. As a result strong support for the new teeth is achieved.
How are Teeth Implants Performed?
Before any teeth implants are placed, it is important for the dentist to assess the overall health of patient’s teeth and gums. If there are any signs of gum disease or decay, these problems must be treated first. Afterwards, x-rays and in some cases CT scan are required in order to examine bone quality and look for nearby anatomical structures to avoid before the dentist begins drilling. Dental implant treatment is typically performed under local anaesthesia. However, IV sedation is may sometimes be used if it is a long treatment or the patient is very anxious.
The gum in which the teeth implant is to be positioned is cut and raised and a small hole is drilled in the jawbone at the exact location of the implant to be placed. The titanium tooth implant is tightly fitted into this socket and the gum is stitched back over the implant. If the bone material is not sufficient enough to have the implant, a bone graft may be required. Alternatively, the dentist may use mini dental implants whose size are smaller if they are suitable.
After the teeth implant has been positioned, healing and integration process with the jawbone begins which may take up to six months. The bone tissue will develop and anchor itself into the microscopic surface of the implant.
While the healing process continues, patients are given temporary teeth or they may go on to wear dentures. It is vital that temporary teeth do not apply any pressure on the healing implant. When the healing period is completed, the gum is lifted and a post is attached to the implant with a temporary crown. Four to six weeks later, when the surrounding gum tissue has grown, the final permanent restoration can be fitted to the tooth implant.
Results of Teeth Implants
Patients may experience some discomfort related with any type of dental surgery that may include swelling of gums and face, bruising of skin and gums, pain at the implant site and minor bleeding. Discomfort disappears in couple of days. Patients are provided with absorbable stitches and are advised to follow a soft diet for a week. Recommendations on pain management are given on the day of surgery by the dentist as a part of postoperative instructions. Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth and they can last a lifetime depending on how well patients look after them.
Limitations of Teeth Implants
Teeth implants procedure can be applied for patients of any age provided that they have a sufficient quantity and quality of bone tissue available. Most healthy individuals who maintain a good oral hygiene program are suitable candidates for dental implants. The situations in which implants may not be suitable or there is an increased risk of implant failure include:
- Heavy smoking
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Periodontal gum disease
- Individuals who are immuno compromised
- Teeth grinders
Risks of Teeth Implants
Like any other surgery, dental implant procedure has some risks. However they are very rare and minor which can be treated easily. Possible risks of dental implants procedure are infection at the implant area, injury or damage to surrounding structures such as other teeth or blood vessels, nerve damage which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in natural teeth, gums, lips or chin and sinus problems when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of patient’s sinus cavities.
Contraindications of Teeth Implants
Teeth implants are contraindicated in following patient groups:
- Heart diseases affecting the valves
- Severe cardiac inadequacy, cardiomyopathy
- Active cancer, certain bone diseases
- Certain immunological diseases, AIDS, those who are awaiting an organ transplant
- Strongly irradiated jaw bones
You need to visit your dentist in Turkey twice for your dental implants treatment.
1st Visit – Day 1
You arrive at the dental clinic in the morning or afternoon to meet your dentist in person. Longevita dental surgeon will explain you the treatment in detail and examine your teeth (If you need bone grafting in order to make your tooth implant stronger, or if your gums are too soft; Longevita dental surgeon operates a bone grafting session. Bone grafting treatment takes one to two hours. After your grafting session is completed, you need to wait for at least two months to recover and have your second appointment for implant placement).
If you would like to proceed, you will be asked to pay your remaining balance and sign consent forms. Longevita dentist then scales your mouth with a special mould. The procedure begins and it usually last for two to three hours. Longevita dentist will use local anaesthesia during the operation. You are going to stay at the hotel at night. Most of patients require ice packs after dental implants procedure in order to soften the gums and tissues as well as avoiding bruising and swelling.
1st Visit – Day 2 & 3
The first phase of your procedure might be finished in your second appointment but there might be another appointment in day three depending on the number of implants and the technique that Longevita dentist prefer. Longevita dentist will perform arrangements and fixations for your replacement implants that s/he made the day before. Scaling and proportional mouth arrangements also take place on the second or third day. You will be advised on your medication. You stay at the hotel on your second and third nights.
It is important to emphasize that patient should wear implant replacements for at least two or three months. After this period, there will be another visit to Longevita dental clinic for the final procedure.
2nd Visit – Day 1
On your first day of your second visit, Longevita dentist examines the implant zones and removes the replacements that she placed during your first visit. Then, she places the dental implants one by one carefully. The surgery usually lasts three to four hours. You stay at the hotel at night.
2nd Visit – Day 2 & 3
There might be couple of appointments on your second visit. Since all the dental implants are fixed into your mouth, the comfort of your mouth should be ensured. The angle, size, sharpness and other qualifications of the implant should be clarified during this period in order to improve your chewing routine. After this, your teeth implants in Turkey are completed.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants not only improve the functionality of your teeth but also their aesthetic appearance. They can prevent bone loss and they do not have negative influence on neighbouring teeth. Furthermore, they improve speech, restore natural smile and retain youthful appearance.
What is sinus lifting?
Sinus lifting is a procedure used when there is not enough bone on the upper jaw where the implants would be placed. Sinus lifting builds back the missing bone structure so that implants can be placed properly.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting or bone augmentation is performed when the volume of the bone tissue is not sufficient to accommodate dental implants. This may be due to gum disease, infection or teeth loss. Additional bone tissue is gained after bone grafting enabling the implants to hold firmly on the jaws.