Dental Implant Guide

In this guide, we provide answers to the most common questions asked by those considering dental implant surgery. We offer an overview of how the procedure actually works, what kind of results to expect, and how you can ensure your implant treatment is successful. In addition to dental implants, there are related dental procedures available that will be described as well.

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What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is screwed into the jawbone to replace a natural tooth and root.

An implant is comprised of three parts: the implant device itself that serves as substitute for the tooth root, the overlying crown or denture, and the abutment, which connects the implant device to the crown or denture.

Once the abutment is screwed into the implant, and the tissue sutured, it is left to heal and become stable. The implant gets fused to the jawbone after a period of 3 to 6 months.

What is a dental arch?

A dental arch is the term used to refer to a row of teeth. There is one arch on the upper jaw (also known as maxilla), and one on the lower jaw (also known as mandible).

The upper arch, also known as the superior dental arch, is slightly larger than the lower one to allow the teeth in the maxilla to overlap the teeth on the mandible both in the front and at the sides.

What is a bone graft?

Bone grafting is the placement of either natural or synthetic bone material to an area where natural bone is not sufficient. This may be performed at the time of the implant placement, or as a separate procedure before the implant is placed.

A panoramic dental x-ray will help check the amount of bone available to determine whether bone grafting is necessary for the implant placement.

What is a crown?

A crown is a prosthetic tooth that is placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape. Crowns can also be placed on top of a damaged tooth in order to strengthen it and requires filing down the natural tooth and cementing the crown in place. Crowns are custom-made and fitted to match the other natural teeth in color, size, and shape.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a prosthetic tooth that closes a space created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are made up of one or more individually-crafted crowns and an artificial tooth in between to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be used with either implants or natural teeth as their anchor points.

What is All-on-Four?

The All-on-Four dental implant is a technique that involves a full-arch rehabilitation where all the teeth are supported by 4 implants. It consists of placing 4 implants (supporting 10 to 14 custom-made crowns), either in the maxilla, the mandible, or both.

What is All-on-Six?

Similar to All-on-Four, the All-on-Six dental implant involves placing 6 dental implants in the upper or/and lower jawbone as a support for 10 to 14 custom-made crowns.

Both All-on-Four and All-on-Six implants are recommended for patients who suffer from significant tooth decay or loss, or for those who have low bone density in the jaw area, preventing them from getting individual dental implants.

Who is eligible for dental implants?

In order to qualify for dental implants, there are a few considerations dentists use:

  • The patient should have sufficient bone density in the jaw, since the implant must eventually fuse together with the bone and become stable. If the bone density is lower than required, bone grafting may be a viable solution.
  • The patient should not present any symptom of advanced gum disease or periodontal disease. If the patient does have any indication of gum or periodontal disease, this condition must be treated before the process of dental implants can begin.
  • Patients who smoke may not be eligible for dental implants due to a lower chance of success of the treatment. Doctors may recommend a smoking cessation program before undergoing the dental implants treatment.
  • In cases where there is serious tooth decay, corrective measures should be taken before the dental implant treatment commences.
  • Patients who are taking steroids, or undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, may not be eligible for dental implants due to increased risks of infections and other possible complications.

Patients interested in pursuing dental implants should discuss their treatment options with a doctor, or a dentist, who can assess if dental implants are a feasible solution.

How is the dental implant procedure performed?

The timing of the dental implants procedure, and the number of visits required, is largely dependent on each individual, specifically on how quickly the implanted tooth and surrounding area heals.
Below are the 5 steps that must occur in order to get a dental implant:

1. Treatment plan

In order to determine the best treatment plan for each individual’s needs, the oral surgeon will need an updated x-ray of the patient’s mouth. The surgeon will then be able to evaluate the health of the teeth and determine if teeth extraction, bone grafting, or sinus lifting will be needed for the dental implant. During the first personal consultation, the dentist might also order additional examinations or request a CT scan to check bone mass.

2. Implantation

The surgery time depends on the number of implants needed and the overall health of the patient’s mouth. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, surgery can last anywhere from less than an hour to up to 6 hours.

The procedure occurs under local anesthesia and is the same regardless of how many implants are necessary. The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be recommended first. Once the jawbone is exposed, the dentist will use a special drill to create the space for the implant in the bone. The implant is then placed into the jawbone and the gums are stitched closed over the implant.

3. Healing

Osseointegration, the process in which the implant becomes a part of the jaw, takes about 3 to 6 months to complete. This is usually referred to as the healing period.

4. Final restoration

When the gum tissue is fully healed and ready, it is re-exposed to attach the abutment to the implant. The doctor will then take impressions of the mouth to create a crown in a dental laboratory that will be shaded to match the existing teeth. This process can take anywhere from 5 to 10 days. Once the custom-made crown is ready, it is placed over the abutment, and the final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.

5. After care

Some small bruises and swelling in the gum may occur right after surgery. Patients should avoid smoking and eating solid food until the gums are healed.

The long-term success of an implant cannot be guaranteed without careful oral hygiene. It is paramount to keep implants, artificial teeth, and gum tissue clean, just like natural teeth. Moreover, it is advised to do regular check- ups (preferably every 6-12 months) to check oral hygiene, and the function and stability of the implant.

What kind of results can be expected from the dental implant procedure?

Dental implants are a long-term, effective solution for those who want to replace one or more missing teeth. Listed below are some of the benefits dental implants can have:

  • Comfort while smiling, eating and talking: since crowns are made to match natural teeth, their color, shape and contour will look like a natural, integral part of the mouth.

  • Stable and long-lasting solution: unlike moving dentures, dental implants are stable and fixed to the jawbone, and with proper oral hygiene, they are a durable and long-lasting solution.

  • Healthier jawbones: dental implants stimulate the growth of the jawbone during the process of osseointegration, making the area stronger and healthier.

What are the risks of dental implants?

The success rate of dental implants is very high, and most patients are very satisfied with their results. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risk associated and potential side effects, which may include:

  • Infection at the implant site
  • Injury or damage to surrounding structures (teeth or blood vessels)
  • Nerve damage during placement of implant, causing pain or numbness

Health problems caused by dental implants occur very rarely, and most of the time can be solved with minor interventions.To minimize any complications, patients are advised to select an experienced dental implant surgeon and to follow all recommended care.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants depends on where the surgery is performed and how many dental implants are required. The pricing differential between countries is usually due to different living and labor costs, rather than quality.

Below are average prices across countries for one dental implant (including implant, abutment, and crown) at a high-quality hospital.

I want/need dental implants - what’s next?

You’ve come to the right place! At Qunomedical, your health and happiness are our top priorities, and we intend to prove that to you. The next step is to contact us for a complimentary consultation, where we’ll determine your goals and eligibility for the procedure. We’ll ask you for some photos of your teeth and mouth, as well as a panoramic X-ray, so that our medical experts can get an overview of your conditions. Then, once you decide on where you’d like to go for your dental implant, we’ll do the legwork to get you the best price possible at the world’s leading dental implant facilities.

Who is Qunomedical?

With Qunomedical, you can be sure that you’ll get the best quality at the most affordable prices.

We’re an independent company that knows the market inside-out, and we offer you complete transparency because unlike other medical tourism platforms, we work for you, not the hospitals. We only show you the hospitals that we’ve carefully hand-selected based on strict quality criteria, so that you don’t have to browse through massive amounts of information in order to find the best hospital for your treatment.

Regardless of what hospital or treatment you choose, we’re with you throughout every step of your journey: during the booking process, during the hospital visit, and during your recuperation period.

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