Dental Implant Clinic
The restoration of missing teeth or molars with a permanent replacement by implantation to the jaw bone, in one session.
With the great boom in technology and modern dentistry, the possibility of tooth replacement has become a reality. In the past, conventional methods such as removable dentures or bridges were used, but their harmful effects on oral and dental health have been scientifically proven.
Today, in Qatar, we have been able to achieve ideal results in permanent teeth implantation at Alkharashy Center by using the best and most well-known international implantation systems, the famous Swiss Shturman system. The implants are made of specifically treated titanium to fit the jaw bone as a permanent substitute for the missing tooth or molar. With an elite team of specialized implantation surgeons in the Middle East, several implants can be obtained in a single treatment session.
Immediate implantation after extraction and placement of a temporary tooth
Full arch implantation
Single-session dental implant
Full lower jaw implantation
Dental implantation in simple steps
What is a dental implant?
It is a simple surgical procedure where the roots of the teeth are replaced with metal supports similar to screws, and damaged or missing teeth are replaced by artificial teeth that closely resemble natural teeth in shape and performance.
In this procedure, a small incision is made in the gum to place the dental implant, which is usually painless, and then the area is stitched up, also without much pain.
After a short period of time, the patient returns to have the artificial tooth attached to the implant. This process requires the complete healing of the bone around the implanted component, which may cause some pain or discomfort but is generally less painful than tooth extraction itself and does not require a large amount of local anesthesia.
The timing of dental implant surgery
The best time for dental implant surgery is immediately after the extraction of a tooth, especially if the patient has a problem with one of the teeth. The procedure is as follows:
- The tooth is extracted
- And immediately afterward, the new dental implant post is placed in the same spot.
Placing the implant in the same location as the extraction allows for better healing of the wound. This entire process can be completed in one visit with the patient, and this is called immediate implantation. There will be no additional surgery required in this case, and there will be no need to create a gum opening for the implant since the gum in that area is already open.
After about a month, the patient returns to have the tooth attached (note that in the past, the wait time for attachment could be as long as 6 to 8 months).
This timing is critical because if a tooth is extracted from the upper or lower jaw, it must be replaced immediately. Failure to replace the missing tooth will result in dental problems, such as misalignment of the teeth around the area or in the opposing jaw. This can cause the growth and increase of the teeth opposite to the gap because there is nothing to stabilize them in their proper position.
Currently, technological advancements in dental implantation allow for immediate implantation during the same session as the extraction of the tooth. The patient enters with a broken tooth and leaves the clinic within half an hour to an hour with a new, fixed tooth that can be used normally
Dental Implant Surgery Anxiety
There is a feeling of anxiety and fear surrounding dental implant surgery among people, but it is an unfounded fear, and in many cases, it is easier than tooth extraction. Some people are afraid of preparing the implant site and the surgery itself, but it is a simple process that takes 10 to 15 minutes. The implant post is placed, and after a period of time, the restoration is attached, and the procedure is almost painless.
Traditional Dental Restorations vs. Dental Implants.
Dental implants are a significant addition to dentistry. In the past, when a patient lost a tooth or had any problem that led to tooth loss, they would either leave it as it is or have something called a bridge or a three-unit crown made. In the case of a bridge, the dentist would need to remove the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth, which would weaken those teeth and reduce their lifespan. Consequently, the patient would end up losing three teeth in the end.
These dental restorations are divided into two types: fixed and removable.
- Fixed restorations such as bridges or crowns, have drawbacks and were the only available method for replacing missing teeth in the past. This method involves removing a strong layer of enamel from the previous and next teeth to the implanted tooth by approximately 1.5 to 2 millimeters. This removal weakens the teeth and reduces their strength after the bridge is placed. Additionally, these bridges have gaps in the gum area that cannot be avoided during the procedure, allowing bacteria and food debris to enter and cause tooth decay. Furthermore, they have a shorter lifespan than implants, lasting around 10 to 12 years. The patient must visit the dentist every six months and maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as using mouthwash and brushing regularly.
- Removable restorations are partial or complete sets that can be taken out and put back in. They can be problematic for some patients who may have difficulty speaking or chewing with them, and they may be visible as artificial teeth, which can affect the patient’s confidence. These drawbacks exist in both traditional fixed and removable restorations.
Goodbye to the use of removable dentures.
Replacing Upper or Lower Jaws
Nowadays, many people have had upper and lower dentures for a long time (using the removable restorations mentioned previously), which have become loose and move frequently. However, it is now possible to have dental implants placed in the entire upper or lower jaw using 6 to 8 implants, and fixed restorations can be placed on them.
It is important that the patient is in good health and has no conditions that would hinder the healing process of the implants in the jawbone. Additionally, the patient must have sufficient jawbone mass. When the amount of bone in the jaw is low, the solution is to perform bone grafting with the implant placement, which is done simultaneously.
In some cases, a patient may have lost all of their teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both, and completely refuse the idea of removable dentures, which they cannot accept psychologically. In this case, and especially if they have enough bone mass for implant placement, several implants can be placed as anchors for a complete fixed denture, which is the best solution for complete tooth loss.
Implants are also beneficial for cases that have suffered trauma or accidents in sports or other activities, especially in the front teeth, which may be broken due to these collisions. In this case, immediate treatment is necessary, where the broken root inside the bone is removed, an immediate implant is placed, and a temporary restoration is placed to maintain the appearance and prevent it from appearing that the patient has suffered an accident, until the permanent or fixed restoration is placed after the appropriate period.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Dental implants have overcome all the drawbacks of traditional dental restorations, as they do not require a denture base or bridge.
- Moreover, dental implants, made of titanium, do not decay like natural teeth.
- They are also firmly fixed in place, making chewing and eating much easier.
- Additionally, dental implants have a completely natural appearance, and they emerge from the bone just like natural teeth. This gives a person confidence in their appearance.
The Remarkable Advancement in Dental and Implant Technology
The technological advancement in the field of dentistry and dental surgery has led to significant progress in the companies and industries behind this work. Today, specialized devices can be used to speed up many medical surgical procedures in teeth, both during the surgery itself and during the healing process around the implants. In the past, it used to take about 6 months to install dental implants, but now it is possible to install them within 45 days and use them very naturally. Certainly, the presence of these modern devices greatly helps to achieve good results for the patient, and at the same time without any pain.
The Best Achievements of Advanced Dental Technology
In the case of a desire to replace a missing tooth, necessary examinations must be performed, including using the latest scanning devices and X-rays, to evaluate the condition of the bones and the patient’s overall medical assessment, and to determine whether the patient is suitable for implantation or not. This is not because the implantation process itself is difficult, but because there are medical conditions that can delay or not give the desired results. The evaluation of bone condition and level, and the relationship between teeth before the implantation process, are taken into consideration, including what we mentioned about the amount of bone in the jaws and its effect on the implantation process.
The Best Dental Implant Systems in the World
AlKharashy Dental Center uses the famous Swiss Straumann Dental Implant System for dental implants, which is one of the best implant systems in the world and provides excellent results.
How Can Jawbone Adapt to a Metal Body Instead of Missing Teeth?
In fact, the Straumann Dental Implant is a very strong Swiss implant in its structure and design, and it is considered one of the strongest implants in the world. It has a special design that allows it to attract blood and cells that help in the healing process once it is placed inside the bone. It can also withstand loading after only 45 days. There are many cases at Al-Kharashy Dental Center where the implantation process takes less than 45 days.
The pain after dental implantation is called controlled pain, meaning that regular painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications can control it and allow the patient to live with it.
The patient can resume their normal life, work, and exercise within 24 hours of the implantation procedure and taking medication. However, in some cases where bone grafting is necessary, which requires major surgery, or when we place a larger number of implants, such as 6 or 8 implants in one session, the patient may feel some pain. Nevertheless, this pain can also be controlled, allowing the patient to live with it and continue their daily activities. It is not like any surgical extraction or operation, and it is considered a minor discomfort.
Duration of Dental Implant Healing
The healing period after the implant is placed inside the bone is approximately 45 days. This is what happens with the STRAUMANN implant, which is one of the strongest and fastest implants in the world. It has a feature called hydrofluoric, which causes it to start attracting bone cells and blood towards the implant itself, thus helping the bone to quickly adhere during the implantation process. The normal average healing time is four to six months in the upper jaw and two to three months in the lower jaw.
Expected Lifespan of Dental Implants
The expected lifespan of dental implants is an internationally and globally recognized matter. In the case of successful implantation and the use of a strong implant such as the one used at Al-Kharashy Dental Center, the STRAUMANN implant, the expected lifespan is 25 years if the patient maintains oral hygiene, uses dental floss regularly, uses mouthwash regularly, and visits the dentist every six months.
However, some diseases such as diabetes or anything that affects the patient’s immunity may affect the implant. Additionally, the prosthetic restoration above the implant must be well-fitted, as it can affect the longevity of the implant.
The patient must also follow the doctor’s instructions, such as not using their teeth to open solid objects or to open a container, as these actions can affect the implant and the teeth.
Chronic Diseases That Affect Dental Implantation
Chronic diseases that affect dental implantation can be divided into two categories: general or systemic diseases, and local diseases relating to the bones in which the implant is placed.
- General diseases include malignant tumors, patients who have undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy in the last five years (after which the patient can be treated for implantation in the natural way), patients with bone problems such as osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis, and patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, or who take medications that thin the blood or corticosteroids. Patients with liver cirrhosis should also not undergo dental implantation.
- Other factors that may prevent implantation in the bone include insufficient width or length of the jawbone, bone atrophy, weak bone density in the area, exposure to surgical extraction or radiation therapy, presence of a tumor or an abscess in the bone, pregnancy, and patients under 16 years of age who are still experiencing jaw growth and development. However, some diseases such as diabetes or anything that affects the patient’s immunity may affect the implant. Additionally, the prosthetic restoration above the implant must be well-fitted, as it can affect the longevity of the implant. The patient must also follow the doctor’s instructions, such as not using their teeth to open solid objects or to open a container, as these actions can affect the implant and the teeth.