Neobiotech Dental Implants
What is a dental implant?
What is an implant?
The best way to replace a tooth is to mimic it as closely as possible. Dental implants do just that.
A dental implant is an artificial root used to make a whole tooth (from the root to the top) as a natural tooth at the extraction socket. An artificial dental root (fixture) made of titanium is directly planted in the alveolar bone, in place of, the lost tooth and a crown is formed on the top to function as a natural tooth.
The external upper part of a tooth is covered with a crown for a harmonized look with neighboring teeth.
The crown and implant are connected by using an abutment and screw.
The artificial dental root is planted in the alveolar bone, in order to, function as an alternative replacement for natural root.
Isn't it difficult to get implant treatment?
◼︎ Artificial dental root (Fixture) placement (1st surgery)
The first treatment is performed for implantation at the most ideal position.
◼︎ Osseointegration and abutment connection
When the bone healing and osseointegration with the implant is developed after the initial implant operation, abutment post is connected with the implant in the second treatment.
◼︎ Placing the final restoration
An artificial tooth is placed on the abutment post of the implant.
Implant Q& A's
Q. Is it painful to receive an implant treatment?
An implant operation is performed with local anesthesia. Some swelling and mild pain may remain after operation depending on individual circumstances. Pain can easily be controlled by taking the prescribed medicine from the dentist and follow the precautions after the operation.
Q. How long will it take to fully complete an implant operation and treatment?
Although it depends on implant quantities and the complexity of treatment per patient. Simple implant surgery usually only takes 30 minutes. The period of osseointegration of maxillary surgery is 4~6 months. A mandibular case is 2~3 months in general. However, the treatment period may vary greatly depending upon the patient.
Q. Is it possible to receive an implant surgery, even if my oral condition is bad?
To receive an implant surgery, it is recommended that the bone tissue is sufficient quantitatively as well as qualitatively. However, you could get proper treatment after appropriate diagnosis and consultation with a dentist.
Q. What is the difference in the gap of chewing force between a denture and an implant?
The chewing force is reduced up to 1/10 in case of dentures compared with natural teeth, but an implant has a similar chewing force of the original natural teeth.
Q. What is the lifespan of an implant?
It is clear that dental implants are meant to be a long-lasting replacement tooth compared to a detrimental bridge case. Even though dental implants do not have an expiration date, some factors such as periodontal disease, loss of bone around the implant, smoking, and drinking can possibly shorten the lifespan of an implant.
Post Surgery Dental Management
Apply an ice pack on the cheek of the implanted location for two days after surgery.
Avoid excessive exercise, overworking, saunas, and baths for three days after the surgery.
Do not brush the operated area for 2-3 days. Use mouth wash.
Avoid drinking and smoking for 2 weeks.
Chew food using non-operated part of the mouth and avoid hot foods in the meantime.
In case of maxillary sinus surgery, do not blow your nose excessively and do not spit.
If bleeding is serious, place a cold-wet gauze in your mouth. If the bleeding continues, visit the dentist for adequate treatment.
Swelling may be present for 2-3 days after the operation. Apply ice packs for two days and if swelling is more acute, hot packs may be helpful for relief of the symptom. If the pain in the swollen region seems unusual, visit the dentist for additional treatment.