Today, although the elderly come to mind when it comes to dental prosthesis, we see patients who have to have tooth losses or even full dental prostheses at a very early age with changing and developing conditions. Although there are many causes of tooth loss, genetic factor and insufficient breast milk consumption are the leading causes. A lot of problems can arise with tooth loss. Tooth loss;
- The person hides his smile and loses self-confidence due to aesthetic concerns,
- Facial collapses, wrinkles due to missing teeth,
- Impaired chewing function,
- Deformities, as there may be movement towards the empty places in the teeth,
- Thinning of the jaw joint in that area, since chewing cannot be done in the missing tooth part,
- Jaw joint damage,
- If oral and tooth cleaning is not observed, food residi that enters the missing tooth areas will cause gingivitis, as well as tooth decay,
- Due to tooth deficiencies, not enough chewing can cause stomach problems such as gastritis and ulcers and weight gain.
Those who have missing teeth can benefit from different treatments according to the number of missing teeth. If the number of missing teeth is small, dental prostheses are made that cannot be removed to the patient. Fixed prostheses that cannot be removed are completed by cutting the teeth on the sides of the missing tooth and making the bridge prosthesis made in the laboratory to these teeth.
So, what do we do if there’s more than one tooth deficiency?
If there is a lack of more than one tooth and it is not possible to make a fixed prosthesis that cannot be removed, a moving dental prosthesis that can be removed to the patient can be performed.
So, which treatment is applied to patients who have no teeth at all?
Total dental prostheses, commonly known as “dentures”, are performed on patients who lose all teeth in their mouth for various reasons. However, these prostheses bring patients to living standards and solve the problems caused by tooth deficiency, as well as some difficulties. First of all, the process of getting used to total prostheses can be very painful.
In the process of getting used to it, he may have difficulties when eating, talking, chewing. Patients may have trouble keeping the total prosthesis in the mouth. These are problems that can pass over time. However, patients say that they are better than their complaints before having a total prosthesis fitted.
Over time, total prostheses may break or lose their jaw harmony and cause problems. In these cases, total prostheses may need to be replaced. However, apart from these problems, there is no harm in use.
In which cases is implant treatment applied?
- In cases where the last tooth is missing from the jaws
- When a fixed prosthesis cannot be made
- Removable movable prosthesis is not required
- In full toothless mouths
- When the jawbone is faint
- When the use of dentures becomes difficult with the name of total prosthesis public
- Implant treatment can be applied to prevent the prosthesis from playing in the mouth.
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Can implants be made for completely toothless patients?
Removable prostheses can be made to completely toothless patients or implant treatment can be performed. The treatment is shaped according to the adequacy of the jawbone and the determination of whether the patient has other ailments.
How to treat implants in completely toothless patients?
Implant treatment for completely toothless patients, if the patient has the qualifications to be implanted after the examination, the procedure is started first with local anesthesia. If the jawbone is suitable, it is determined how many implants to put in and how to apply a treatment.
After the number of implants is determined, the gums of the places where the implant will be placed are removed. The implant slot is opened with the help of a tool called a bur. Implants are placed in the nest and prosthesis is made on it.
If the jawbone is inadequate before the procedure, operations such as bone graft or sinus removal can also be performed.
How many implants are made to the completely mouth toothless?
Generally, 6-8 implants are performed on a single jaw according to the condition of the patients without full teeth. If the patient has bone loss, 4 implants can be made.
Do I feel pain when implant replacing?
There is no pain as the implant will be under local anesthesia when implanting. Implant implementation is not as difficult and painful as thought.
How long does implant treatment take?
Implant treatment becomes a procedure applied in a short time thanks to the variety of technology and application that develops in both fully toothless patients and smaller processes. Implant placement stage can be done between 10 minutes and 30 minutes. It can also be extended to 1 hour with differences in the jaw structure of the patients.
Implants made immediately after tooth extraction, which is one of the newest applications, are one of the very short procedures that can be performed without waiting for long periods of time, such as the healing process. This application, which is performed when there is no infection to the cavity of the tooth pulled, also makes the process of getting used to the implant very short.
Apart from this process, which cannot be applied to every patient, there are different applications. There are also patients who may need short adjustment times after implant placement. In this type of patients, prosthesis is performed on the implant after the healing process.
What should be the implant cleaning in completely toothless patients?
Implant cleaning is the only process that determines the persistence of the implant after the treatment process of the patient. It is necessary to pay 3 times more attention to the cleanliness of the implant than the cleaning of the main tooth.
In this process, implant cleaning should be ensured by using intermediate toothbrushes, dental cleaning solutions, special brushes, toothpastes, floss that the dentist will recommend.
In implants that do not pay attention to their cleanliness, problems such as implant drops and gum disorders may occur. Therefore, implant cleaning is very important.