WHAT IS IMPLANT ?
Implant is a titanium screw that is fixed within jaw bone, over which artificial teeth or denture is fixed. It is a best option for those who have lost one, most or all of their teeth, and need fixed natural looking teeth.
Our Specialities in Implantology :
- Single tooth implants
- Multiple teeth bridges on implants
- Implant supported dentures (Fixed Dentures)
- Implant placement after tooth removal
- Immediate function implants
- Teeth in an hour procedures
- Sinus Lifting (Direct & Indirect)
- Bone Grafting
- New Bone Regeneration techniques
- Block bone grafting from hip and other areas and lot more things, still under research.
WHAT IS DENTAL IMPLANT ?
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.
WHY TO PLACE AN IMPLANT ?
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.
AT WHAT AGE CAN AN IMPLANT BE PLACED ?
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.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS ?
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.
HOW DOES AN IMPLANT PREVENT BONE LOSS?
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..
HOW LONG DO IMPLANT PROCEDURES TAKE ?
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.
WHY ARE IMPLANTS COSTLY ?
Implants are cost-effective. Most implants are imported and their advantages far outweigh the initial investment in the long term, as compared to loose removable dentures. Long term health with natural esthetics and function are provided with implants.
ARE IMPLANTS SUCCESSFUL ?
Treatment with dental implants is highly successful and very predictable. However, as with all dental procedures, adequate hygiene and maintenance has to be observed to ensure long term success.
WHO IS SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS ?
In general anyone missing at least one tooth and who is in good general and oral health will probably be able to undergo dental implant treatment. The candidate’s jaw must have enough bone to support the implant (if not, bone grafting may be required) and there must be enough space to accommodate the prosthesis over the implant. If you already wear dentures but you’re uncomfortable with them, you should consider implants. You are never too old to get dental implants.
The Dental Procedure :
First, a qualified dentist will examine your mouth and teeth and take a thorough medical and dental history. X-rays and possibly a CT scan, will provide your dentist with a good idea of your bone density and the shape of your jaw.
Dental implant treatment is usually completed in two phases :
1) Dental implant placement – a recipient site of the same size and shape as the implant is created in the jawbone. The implants are placed into the jawbone for 3 to 6 months while osseointegration (bonding to bone) takes place.
2) Creating and attaching the new tooth or teeth to the anchored dental implant(s) in the jaw
Dental implants require the same care as your own teeth – they should be brushed and flossed in order to keep them clean and plaque – free.
Single Tooth Replacement
A dental implant is the most effective way to replace a single missing tooth. The implant will replace it while preserving the bone and the neighboring teeth.
Replacing A Number Of Teeth
Multiple dental implants can support a bridge in a comfortable way while keeping your jaw healthy and maintaining your current facial appearance.
Edentulous (Without Teeth)
If you need to restore a full arch, dental implants are the best way to go. The restoration will be attached to the implants without affecting your ability to eat, smile and laugh comfortably.
The Success Rate Of Dental Implants
Dental implants can fail, but fortunately very infrequently. Failure rates vary depending on the site in the mouth, whether they are placed into natural or grafted bone and whether the patient smokes.
The overall success rate in natural bone is 95%, and in grafted bone between 85% and 90%. The operation, which is considered very safe, is also reversible. Under proper conditions implants can last a lifetime!