A dental implant is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Essentially, it is a small titanium post/fixture that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown (cap), a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or full denture can be attached. Once the implant integrates to your bone, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant and then the artificial tooth/teeth are attached. Therefore, there are 3 parts to an “implant tooth”: the dental implant itself, the abutment, and the artificial tooth.
Most adults can have dental implants providing their jaw has finished growing, and they are in good health to undergo a surgical procedure. Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, however. If you have been missing your teeth for many years and the bone has resorbed, you may require bone grafting or augmentation before the dental implant procedure. The best candidates have healthy gum tissue free of periodontal disease. There are some medical conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis, or lifestyle choices such as smoking, that may need to be addressed before implant treatment.
Pre & Post-Op Instructions for Dental Implants
It is advisable to wait at least 2 hours after the dental implant procedure to start drinking or eating something.
Although you should drink plenty of fluids and cold drinks are recommended, it is important that you do not drink alcohol.
It is normal for the intervened area to bleed during the first and even the second day after having dental implants. It would help to use gauze pads that absorb blood and change them from time to time.
Do not rinse your mouth or spit immediately after the procedure. This can dissolve the clot or damage the stitches, which eventually causes bleeding. From the day after dental implant procedure, rinse your mouth gently with a mouthwash prescribed by the doctor.
The same day of the intervention you should not brush your teeth. After 24 hours, you can brush them in a very soft way, and always avoiding the area of the mouth that has been operated on.
Do not lie down to sleep on the first night as keeping your head as high as possible reduces bleeding.
Some home remedies to relieve inflammation involves applying a cold compress to the affected area.
It is advisable to eliminate, or at least reduce smoking for a week before and after your dental implant surgery abroad.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ Why are dental implants better than dentures ?
Dentures are often ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear, making it difficult to speak clearly and eat a wide variety of foods. Many conventional denture wearers have a restricted nutritional intake – even when eating alone – as they find it difficult to chew their food. This restricted nutritional intake can have a detrimental effect on their health and emotional well-being. With dental implants, your new replacement teeth are far more stable, allowing you to function as if you would with normal teeth.
Additionally, as dentures sit on top of the gums and are not anchored to the jawbone, they don’t stimulate the bone, resulting in increased bone loss. Conversely, dental implants keep the bone stimulated, healthy and strong.
+ What are Immediate Implants?
Immediate implants are a procedure in which an implant and the replacement tooth are both placed at the same time, rather than waiting for three to six months between the first and second stages (as for a conventional implant). Known in dental terminology as “immediate loading”, this instant process means you can have your new tooth in around an hour.
For patients who have broken a tooth or are about to lose one, immediate implant placement represents a viable tooth replacement option. We understand that no one wants to be without their teeth, and immediate implants offer a quick, affordable and durable solution.
After a thorough assessment, our team can place an implant immediately after tooth extraction, if your situation allows. For a traditional implant, there is a waiting period between removal of the tooth/teeth and placement of the implant, which is generally three to six months.
+ Am I suitable for immediate implants?
In general only patients with ample jawbone density and no other predisposing risk factors, such as infection, are candidates for immediate loading (though low bone density can be overcome with bone grafting).
If you are not sure about whether you are a good candidate for immediate implants, it’s best to have a consultation with one of our experienced health advisors, who will examine and assess your particular situation.
The main advantage of immediate implants is that they decrease the treatment period, making them a suitable choice for patients who do not have time for long procedures or don’t want to go without teeth for any length of time.