Daily dental hygiene helps us avoid many signs of facial aging by avoiding many oral diseases and pathologies.

Teeth whitening: By whitening teeth, we can prevent the yellow color that occurs in the teeth.

Annual checkups at the dentist: This is an essential pillar in delaying or preventing these signs of aging.

Maintaining a balanced diet along with healthy eating helps us delay aging.

Immediate replacement of lost teeth: If we experience tooth loss and replace it quickly, it helps to maintain bone and gum health, and prevents aging due to tooth loss.

While tooth replacement options have been available for a long time, traditional replacement options such as dentures and partials do not correct missing jawbone. While replacement prostheses cover the visible part of the missing tooth, they do not replace the roots of the jawbone. This means that artificial prostheses, even if they replace missing teeth, cannot prevent further bone loss.

Fortunately, there is a treatment called a dental implant that not only replaces missing teeth, but also replaces the missing jawbone support. Dental implants actually act like tooth roots because they fuse with the jawbone and provide full bone support just like your own teeth. After placing the implant, the dentist places a crown on it, which then replaces the root of the tooth and the missing visible tooth.

Aging due to tooth loss and jaw loss

The important thing is that jaw loss inevitably follows tooth loss. In the first year of tooth loss alone, there is a 25% decrease in bone width. This is followed by an overall reduction of 4 mm in height over the next few years.

If enough teeth are lost and bone loss continues, the distance between the nose and chin can narrow and the lower third of the face can partially collapse. With no structural support, the lips sag. This is why toothless people often look sad and sad and age quickly. Also, severe bone loss can predispose a person to jaw fractures.

In addition to helping a toothless person to look and feel good again, dental implants actually prevent bone loss and prevent aging due to tooth loss.

This is because implants are made of titanium, which has a unique ability to fuse with living bone. By becoming a permanent part of the jaw bone, dental implants stabilize and stimulate the bone to maintain its volume and density.

The dangers of removable prostheses

In addition to dental implants, your tooth replacement options include fixed bridges that accommodate or use adjacent teeth and removable dentures. However, you should note that the disadvantage of these options is that they can damage the anatomical structures on which they are located.

Full removable dentures pose the greatest risk to your health among tooth replacement options because they put pressure on the bony ridges that support your teeth and accelerate bone loss.

Removable prostheses and bridges that use natural teeth are less expensive than dental implants. Because dentures and bridges can cause new problems and may need to be replaced themselves, they don’t have the same long-term value. While implants are considered a sustainable investment for your comfort, health and well-being, they offer the best returns.

The cost of not replacing missing teeth

You may have made another decision: not to replace your missing teeth. It is better to reconsider your decision

In fact, the sooner you replace missing teeth, the less expensive it will be if your jawbone wears away completely over time.

As mentioned above, dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth in the right circumstances. However, if the bone supporting the tooth has begun to erode, there may be issues that need to be addressed before an implant can be placed.

For example, the bone may have shrunk so much that the nerve passing through it is now too close to the surface to risk placing the implant in the ideal location without creating bone volume there. Here you also need a bone graft, which is quite common these days, but adds cost and time to the treatment plan.

Does the implant hurt?

No, the implant itself is painless, especially if it is one or two units, and in a good quality bone and the right amount. But in advanced cases that require a lot of work time, the person may feel some discomfort at the end of the work when the anesthesia wears off, which can be done again with appropriate anesthesia.

Generally, the fear of implant surgery is due to the shape and image of the work, because a screw-like object is screwed inside the jawbone, but this has nothing to do with pain during and after the work, and the implant work is generally painless. In terms of conditions after work, there is generally a little pain and swelling in the area, which can be prevented by taking painkillers.

Implant treatment can also be performed under sedation and even anesthesia. Sedation is a very comfortable process by which the patient is put to sleep and does not remember anything about the treatment, and as a result, the patient will feel comfortable and pain-free.

Is an implant necessary for the number of extracted teeth?

No, depending on the conditions, the number of bases varies. If a tooth is missing, a base and a crown. If two teeth are missing, two bases and two veneers are placed in a similar way, and these veneers are usually connected to prevent their rotation. But in cases of more than two teeth, for example, when three teeth are missing, in that case, it is possible to reconstruct the area by placing two bases and three veneers and forming a bridge or bridge, which again depends on the amount of existing bone. And the position of the tooth depends. When all the teeth in the jaw have been lost, usually eight implants are needed to reconstruct the upper jaw, and six to eight implants are needed for the lower jaw.

If the upper jaw can be reconstructed with eight bases, then twelve veneers will be placed on these eight foundations and four additional veneers will be attached to them. For the lower jaw, the situation is a bit different. If there is enough bone, the usual amount of eight bases and twelve veneers, and if there is no bone, usually five to six bases are placed and a number of veneers that fit the upper jaw are mounted on it.

Examining the best possible situations

Maybe you have a question or want to get the best possible implant. In this case, the best possible situations are as follows:

1. It hasn’t been long since you drew. About three to six months is a suitable period of time and after that the analysis takes place.

2. Use implants with a more reputable brand. For example, the Swiss Strömann brand implants are considered a very reliable brand, or the Korean implants of Astem, Implantium, Magazine and CIS brands, or the German ICX brand implants. After the right brand is chosen, it is important that the implant is performed by a specialist, that is, the surgery is performed by a surgeon and not by a general dentist, and the prostheses or crown is also performed by a prosthodontist.

3. Finally, the implant cover can be metal-ceramic or all-ceramic. Normally, metal-ceramic coating is chosen because the underlying structures are all made of metal and there is no justification for using all-ceramic, but all-ceramic can be used if the patient wishes. Maxillofacial surgery specialists, gum specialist, implant surgery subspecialist and implant prosthesis subspecialist are present in the clinic. Also, there is a collection of good and economical brands in the market that you can make a suitable choice by knowing their details and prices.