About Dental Implants
Artificial teeth that chew just like your own
Dental implants are a form of treatment in which an artificial tooth root is implanted in the jawbone in place of a tooth of your own that you have lost. An artificial tooth is produced and placed over the artificial root to restore your natural bite.
These implants are secured in place, which keeps them from shifting around. They allow you to chew just as you did with your own teeth.
At this clinic, we use Astra Tech implants.
Astra Tech implants are developed by Astra Tech, a member of the AstraZeneca group, which is a world leader in pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturing. These dental implants are made with pure titanium, a material that provides outstanding biocompatibility and allows stable long-term use.
Development of Astra Tech implants began in 1985. Today, they are held in high esteem around the world for their technological sophistication and long-lasting stability.
Implant Treatment Examples
When a single tooth has been lost
One implant is implanted in the space left by the lost tooth. In the past, treatment would involve grinding down both of the adjacent healthy teeth and adding a bridge. Today, an implant can be used, which allows for treatment that does not damage any of your healthy teeth.
When multiple teeth have been lost
Previously, dentures were used to cover sections where teeth were missing. Today, multiple implants can be used for treatment of multiple missing teeth. This eliminates the unnatural feeling that used to be caused by the metal springs used to secure dentures.
When all of the teeth have been lost
In place of the full dentures of the past, treatment can be done entirely with implants. This approach eliminates such issues as dentures fitting poorly due to food getting stuck between the dentures and the oral mucosa.
The Implant Treatment Process
Step1 Examination and Treatment Planning
The examination required for the implant treatment is conducted, and the patient's suitability for implants is ascertained. Next, a treatment plan is drafted.
Step2 Fixture Implantation Procedure
The fixture, which is the part of the implant that corresponds to the root of the tooth, is implanted in the jawbone. This procedure is done under local anesthesia, so the patient can undergo the procedure with peace of mind.
Step3 Recovery Period
As the next step, a recovery period is provided, to allow the bone and implant to form a firm connection. (Three to six months)
*The length of the recovery period differs from person to person, due to factors such as the characteristics of the bone.
*When necessary, a temporary tooth may be added for the duration of this period.
Step4 Abutment Placement
The abutment, which is the part of the implant that supports the crown, is placed on the fixture.
*A simple surgical procedure may also be performed at this time.
Step5 Crown Placement
A full impression of the inside of the mouth, including the location of the implant, is taken. The resulting reproduction of the patient's mouth is used to guide the production of an artificial tooth, also called a crown. The crown is then placed over the abutment to complete the implantation process.
After the implant treatment is complete, in order to maximize the life span of your implant, proper at-home care and regular checkups will be essential. Please take care to brush correctly, as instructed by your dentist. In addition, please have regular dental examinations and have your dentist check the condition of your implant once every six months.