Here are some answers to many of the most popular questions customers have.  If you don’t see the answer here, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Where is Izmir City in Turkey?

Izmir is situated on west coast of Turkey overlooking Mediterranean. It is surrounded beautiful hills and vineyards. Easily accessible is the historic library of Celsus in Ephesus and the stunning coastal resort of Cesme.

Is Turkey safe?

Yes. The western part of Turkey has remained unaffected by the issues which have affected the south east of the country and remains as stable, friendly and welcoming as it ever has been (to give a sense of scale, Izmir is more than 1200 km from the nearest point on the Syrian border).

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped.

How many teeth can be supported by implants?

If you are missing just one natural tooth, then one implant is normally all that will be needed to provide a replacement. Larger spaces created by two, three or more missing teeth do not necessarily need one implant per tooth, however the exact number of implants will depend upon the quality and volume of bone at each potential implant site.

Who is suitable for dental implants?

If you have good general health then dental implants will almost certainly work for you. However, habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems. If you have any other complicated medical problems then speak to someone with relevant experience. It is rare to have health problems that prevent the use of dental implants.

Do I need to have a healthy mouth?

When you first enquire about dental implants it is often in response to an awareness of ongoing dental problems or the recent loss of teeth. Each of these problems will need to be diagnosed and treated in a logical manner, often placing implants in order to establish healthier conditions. If you are aware of bad teeth, loose teeth, or have noticed excessive bleeding, particularly when your teeth are cleaned professionally, you may have gum problems. Periodontal disease is a major cause of bone loss and with reduced bone density, dental implant treatment can be more complicated. Patient who have a habit of clenching or grinding their teeth may be at risk of overloading their implants. That is called `Bruxism`.

What else causes bone loss?

Whenever a tooth is lost or extracted a considerable amount of the bone that once surrounded the remaining root portion may disappear. This loss can be particularly rapid during the first months and is described as `bone resorption`. Most people who have had dentures for many years will have needed a reline procedure to compensate for this bone loss. Therefore the longer dentures are worn, the more the amount of bone available for dental implants may be reduced.

Can dental implants preserve bone?

This is one of the most important features of dental implants. Once in place with the surrounding teeth, everyday functional forces stimulate the surrounding bone which responds by becoming stronger and more dense. Like all things there are limits to how much work an implant can do. Your treatment provider will be able to discuss this in more detail as it relates to your case.

What can I do if an implant does not work?

If an implant does not achieve or cannot maintain a rigid fixation with the surrounding bone it will eventually become loose and no longer be able to support replacement teeth. Commonly the failing implant causes no discomfort and if there are enough implants remaining, it may not be necessary to replace it at all.

How long does treatment take?

For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the time of placing the first teeth, treatment times can vary between 6 weeks and 6 months. The availability of better bone can be used to decrease treatment time, whilst more time and care must be taken with poorer bone, which can therefore extend treatment times beyond six months.

Are the new teeth joined together?

When multiple implants are placed, they are routinely joined together in the same way that a bridge supported by natural teeth would be designed. If enough implants are available, it is often easier and just as effective to make several smaller sections of bridgework each supporting a few teeth. The bone quality and the number and position of the implants will largely determine which option is most suitable for you.

How long will the implants last?

Once the implants and surrounding soft tissues are seen to be healthy and the new teeth comfortable and correctly adjusted, it is the quality of your home care and willingness to present for regular maintenance reviews that will have most influence on how long they will last. Well maintained implants placed into adequate bone can be expected to last for many years and probably for your lifetime.

How do I look after the implants?

For most implant-supported teeth you will be able to clean around each supporting implant by brushing and flossing in just the same way that you would around natural teeth and tooth supported bridges. It is reasonable to expect some of the daily hygiene procedures to be a little more complex than around your original teeth – expect to spend more time than you may have done in the past if you wish to maintain optimum implant health.

How do I know if I am suitable for implants?

Establishing good basic dental health is a key stage in any treatment plan. At your first day, you should be made aware of which problems are urgent, and what treatment is required to stabilize any gum or tooth related problems. It would be reasonable to expect a verbal routine of how your particular implant treatment might be approached.

What should I know before I start treatment?

You will be given a written summary of your treatment planning discussions, highlighting your current dental situation and any alternatives there are to dental implants. This summary should also include an overview of the anticipated treatment is likely to take, how many implants are required and what the fees are expected to be.

Do I have enough bone for dental implants?

There are now a number of advanced x-ray techniques which allow your jaw bone to be looked at in all three dimensions. The most accurate and widely available is known as the CT ( Computed Tomography) – OPG (Orthopantomograph) scan. Images obtained by CT scanning will normally be able to show all of the information required about your bone , including quantity and quality, but most importantly the presence of anatomical structures that must be avoided.

What anatomical structures must be avoided during the placement of dental implants?

Upper Jaw

In the upper jaw, provided the implants stay with in the bone that once supported your own teeth there are really no important risk areas. If you have missing upper back teeth then the shape and location of the maxillary sinus can be shown to you. The maxillary sinuses can be seen on most x-rays and are therefore avoided.

Lower jaw
In the lower jaw the most important anatomical structure to be avoided is the `inferior dental nerve`. This nerve runs from the area behind the wisdom teeth, passes under the molars and emerges onto the skin of the face in the region where your premolar teeth used to be. This is why a normal dental anaesthetic produces a numb lip even when the needle was placed right back of the mouth.

If this nerve is disturbed or damaged during the placement of dental implants it can lead to temporary or even permanent numbness of the lip on the affected side. This is a rare but important complication.

CT scans are generally the best means for identifying the location of this nerve and allow implants to be placed with considerable confidence.

Where would I get my CT scan done?

You have two options. You can book an appointment with our dentist in London or you can arrange scan with your local dentist.

Can dental implants be placed next to natural teeth?

Dental implants are routinely placed beside natural teeth and this is generally very safe to do.The only exception to this would be if the natural root was very curved or tilted unfavourably in the proposed path of the implant. This could cause the root to be damaged by the implant, however this can usually be avoided by careful pre-operative planning.

Can I wear dentures during the course of implant treatment?

If the teeth being replaced by dental implants are in a clearly visible part of your mouth it is most likely that you will want to have some teeth present whilst the treatment is underway. There are number of ways that this can be done, ranging from simple plastic dentures to removable bridges.

Is it uncomfortable when the implants are placed?

Most patients will be very familiar with the dental anaesthetics used for routine dentistry and will know how effective they are. Implants are placed using same anaesthesia. The operation might take anything from 30 minutes for a single implant, to several hours for complex bone grafting and multiple implants placements.

You can expect some minor swelling and occasionally bruising afterwards. For most patients, any of the simple painkillers you might take for a headache will be all that is needed for a few days.

If my implant/crown/veneer fall out after I arrived back in the UK, what will happen?

This is very unlikely, but if your implant/crown/veneer did fall out , you would first to be checked by our team in London; if this was shown to be result of an error in your treatment we would pay the full cost of your travel back to Turkey for corrections to be made.

Do implant/crown/veneer/dentures come with guarantee?

Dental implants are 10 years. Crowns, veneers, dentures are 5 years.

How long do I need to be away?

As a guide, for  crowns, veneers, dentures, inlays and onlays take 5-6 days and dental implants two visits, each one lasting  3-4 days.

What is Medical Travel Insurance?

It covers the cost of emergency medical treatment abroad, accidental injury or illness, or extraordinary medical costs incurred while following a life threatening complication during the planned treatment. Your medical travel insurance covers the patients companion too.

How can I get my Medical Travel Insurance?

Once booking fee paid ,Ayse will get the policy for you .

Do I need a visa for Turkey?

Yes. You can get it by visiting www.e-visa.gov.tr.  We can help you with the application process.

Is card payment accepted in Turkey?

You will be charged in sterling if the payment is cash. For card payment, your exchange rate and any fees will be set by your card provider. Cheques are not accepted.

Should I arrange to be companied by friend/member of family?

Some find this reassuring, however Ayse Culha will be there every stage of your treatment.

What will happen when I come back to the UK?

You are titled to a free follow-up dental check by our team in London. Alternatively, you can arrange a check-up with your regular dentist. (this would be your expense)

Do the dentists who will be treating me speak English?

Yes. Prof Dr Mubin Ulusoy who will be supervising your treatment has an English mother  and speaks perfect English.

Can I book my flights and hotels by myself ?

Yes, you can. But you won`t get a free Medical Travel Insurance by My Dental Holiday.

Will I have the opportunity for any sightseeing?

Yes!  The impressive Kizlaragasi Market, and delightful seafront cafes and bars are a short walk or ferry ride from your hotel. The wonderful sights of Ephesus, Cesme and Pamukkale can easily be worked into your itinerary.