Dental Implant

Dental Implants – the most precious gift to humankind from modern dentistry; they look and function like natural teeth! Dental implants are really the next best thing to your natural teeth, people of all ages have huge benefits from them.

Dental implants are titanium fixtures, screwed into the jawbone; mainly working as an anchor, holding a tooth/a set of teeth on it. Following this, they will then hold the crown, bridge or denture the very way that your tooth root would typically grip the natural teeth. Dental implants are highly successful. They are the best alternative for types of bridges and removable partial or full dentures; truly, the most permanent dental solution!

Single Tooth Missing:

A single tooth implant with crown is one of the best permanent restorations. And more importantly, it does not require grinding your adjacent healthy teeth for bridging

Multiple Teeth Missing:

If multiple teeth are missing in different parts of the mouth, several single tooth implants are good replacement restorations.

If multiple teeth are missing within the same region:

Several missing teeth can sometimes be replaced with fewer implants because dental implants are stronger than the natural tooth roots. This solution includes having implant fixed bridges done.

All Teeth Missing:

There are two options

Fixed Bridges anchored to Dental Implants:

It will replace a full jaw with dental implants along with a bridge fixed over them; thereby resulting in permanent and stable teeth structure and functions.

Implant Supported Dentures:

They are the full dentures (overdentures) supported by implants – eliminating risks of them getting slipped off the places. Implants that are screwed in a jaw would provide better attachment for a metal bar; helping to support a removable denture.

DENTAL IMPLANTS FAQs

Dental Implant is a modality of treatment wherein Roots of missing teeth are replaced by Implants fixed in the bone. These Implants can either support Crowns, Bridges or Removable Dentures in the mouth. Oral Implantology has become one of the fastest growing disciplines of dentistry. Most modern implants are made of titanium. Titanium and titanium alloy are well accepted by the jaw bone. The external surface of the implant may be treated by different methods to increase the surface area available for bone cells to grow into.

Dental implants are available in different sizes and shapes like screws, blades and cylinders. The implant dentist selects the most appropriate implant after studying the case.

Missing teeth can be replaced by dentures or bridges. Conventionally fixed replacement of missing teeth was done by Bridges after abrading natural adjacent teeth for support. However, if teeth on either side of the missing tooth space were not present it would not be possible to make a tooth supported bridge & an Implant supported bridge would be the other alternative. Implants need neither gum nor teeth to support them. Implants are placed directly in bone and do not damage surrounding teeth. They function like individual natural teeth. Loose removable dentures can be made firm in the mouth by clipping them over 2 or 4 Implants.

Boys younger than 18 years and girls younger than 16 are usually not treated with implants, though there may be exceptions depending on the individual considerations. Healthy individuals, however old they may be can avail of implant treatment, after consulting with their respective physicians.

1) Improved self esteem
Removable Dentures can loosen and dislodge while speaking. With implants, however the person can confidently talk, eat, chew and speak naturally.

2) Improved comfort
Conventional Removable Dentures is seated on the gum and hence is mobile. Such Dentures can be clipped on Implants which remain firm as they take their support from the bone and the thus the Denture would be stable & more comfortable.

3) Improved health
Implants greatly enhances chewing efficiency and hence allows the patient to eat all types of nutritious food easily.

4) Improved appearance
When teeth are lost the facial appearance begins to change. The muscle tone is lost and the person looks older. Dental implants greatly reduce the bone loss and this in turn has a beneficial effect on the facial musculature.

Biting forces are transmitted to the jaw bone by the roots of teeth. This stimulates the bone and keeps it healthy. As teeth are lost, the bone in that area does not receive adequate stimulation and becomes weaker and gets gradually reduced. Placement of implants allows adequate stimulation of the surrounding bone and hence leads to a healthier bone environment.

The time to place implants can range from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the type of implant procedure necessary. The teeth can be fixed over the implants either immediately or after a few months as the case demands and allows.