How does a dental implant work?
Dental implants work by a process called as osseointegration where the bone cells gets interlocked to the surface of titanium dental implants resulting in union between your bone and the dental implant. Who needs dental implant? Why would I need an dental implant ?
Dental implant is a better option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease, an injury, aging or any other reason. These are the standard of care for tooth replacement. Read more What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial root that are placed inside the bones of your jaw for replacing of your missing / mutilated teeth. The crowns / bridge and dentures are placed on top of these implants. How does a dental implant work?
Dental implants work by a process called as osseointegration where the bone cells gets interlocked to the surface of titanium dental implants resulting in union between your bone and the dental implant. Why would I need an dental implant ?
Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease, an injury, aging or any other reason. These are the standard of care for tooth replacement. How long is the dental implant treatment and how is it done?
Placement of single dental implant placement may generally require about 30 – 60 minutes.
Dental implants treatment consists of two stages
Stage 1 – Implant placement procedure:
The implant placement is performed under local anesthesia or conscious sedation, The Implant specialist reflects your gums and drills a hole into the bone and widens it to place the dental implant. Usually it takes 3- 6 months for the complete union of bone to implant to take place. During this time, temporary bridges or dentures may be used to minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience.
Stage 2 – Prosthetic procedure
Assessment of bone surrounding the implants following which new tooth or teeth can be fixed to the anchored implants(s) in your jaw. Why should I get a dental implant rather than just dentures or a bridge?
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than dentures or a bridge. They offer a permanent and a more lasting solution to tooth loss.
Bridge usually involves altering / grinding the adjacent natural teeth to provide a foundation for support for the missing teeth. The average life span of a bridge is 10 years, but dental implants last a lifetime. Success rate of the bridge further decrease if root canal teeth support bridges or any of the supporting teeth becomes loose or decayed.
Dentures can be very unstable, and may lead to denture sores or speech difficulties and cause embarrassing situations when they fall out from mouth during speech. Moreover they are do not chewing efficiency like your teeth. These dentures typically last between 3 to 5 years and during that time they often need to be relined (made thicker) as the bone continues to resorb, or deteriorate. How long do dental implants last?
A dental implant has the potential to last a lifetime. What is the success rate for dental implant surgery?
Overall, the success rate for dental implants is high—from 92–98%. What are the advantages of dental implants?
There are several benefits to choosing dental implants such as improved biting and chewing capabilities, cosmetic enhancement, as well as ease in cleaning and maintaining.
- Dental Implants Preserve Adjacent natural teeth
- Dental Implants preserve your bone
- Dental Implants Have Long-Term Success rate
- Dental Implants Are More Cost Effective
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants are made of Titanium alloy.
Will the placement of titanium implant into my jaw cause any allergic reactions?
Dental implants are made of titanium alloy similar to hip implants, shoulder implants, and knee implants, which is highly biocompatible. Any allergy to titanium is extremely rare!
How does the teeth on top of the implant look like?
Your teeth that are fixed on to the implant will look and function similar to your natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants As Strong As Natural Teeth?
Yes, Dental implants are as good as your natural teeth and they provide full functionality. You can enjoy your favorite food and lead a normal life.
How do you fix teeth on top of my implant?
The teeth we fix on top of implant are retained bymeans are screws.
These are called as Screw retained crowns. The advantages of screw retained crowns are :
- Easy to remove or tighten when the crown is loose or needs to be changed
- Retention of the tooth to the implant is better and can be gauged
- No risk of infection due to residual cement
We do not do cement retained crowns because of the disadvantages like difficulty in retreivability and problems that occur due to residual cement.
How do I care for my implants?
Home care for your implants consists of brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits are required for long-term health and success.
How soon may I return to work after treatment?
You may return to work the next day unless otherwise instructed by your clinician. You may be prescribed medication to alleviate any minor discomfort you may have.
Is Treatment Available For Failed Implants?
Although implant failure is considered rare, it can occur. In these cases, the failed implant can be replaced with another.
What are the complications associated with dental implants?
As with all surgery there is a risk of pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding and infection. All these complications can be avoided when proper diagnostic, sterilization and surgical protocols are followed.
What happens if there is no bone available for placement of dental implants?
We do have certain advanced treatment options like Bone grafting or All on 4 or Zygoma implants when the amount of available bone is minimal.
Our Specialist doctor will asesss your bone condition after initial assessment with a help of a n Cone beam CT scan and formulate a exact treatment plan for you individually
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