Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are biocompatible titanium replacements for the natural tooth’s anchoring roots.  The process of fusing an implant with bone is called osseointegration. After Osseo-integrated in Jaw bones, implants provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or even all teeth. Individual Crown, bridges or Dentures securely fitted on implants remain firm in its position in your mouth making it especially beneficial while eating and speaking.  Thus, implant supported restorations replaces missing teeth by mimicking nature as closely as possible.

Dental Implants have three parts:

  • Titanium, bone-integrated implant
  • Implant abutment
  • Implant  crown

Advantages and Benefits of Dental Implants: –

1) Maintain jaw bone volume and prevent further bone loss: –  Dental implants are individual component which react to chewing forces in the same way of a natural tooth. It helps you to prevent further jaw bone loss.

2) Look and feel of restored teeth is similar to the natural teeth: – With dental implants no one can tell you are wearing a dental prosthesis. It is the most natural looking replacement we have got in our clinic.

3) Improve Speech and Function: – You can speak with complete clarity while your dentures stay firmly in place. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures will not slip. There’s no repositioning, smacking, or clicking. You can chew any food confidently.

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4) Improve self-esteem and Confidence: –

5) Improve Smile and Maintain a youthful appearance: –

6) Improve oral hygiene and easier to maintain: –  Oral hygiene maintenance is easier to with dental implants as compared to bridges.

7) Longer Success rates and Conserves adjacent healthy teeth: – Well executed and maintained implants have success rate of 95%. Like bridges, dental implant doesn’t require trimming the enamel of adjacent teeth for support, conserving enamel.

8) Makes you want to SMILE! more.

Pre-treatment Diagnostic Evaluation:

This involves clinical examination, medical history taking, regular blood reports and radiographic evaluation including radiographs and CBCT records of desired area.

Treatment options with dental Implants: –

Single tooth Replacement

A single implant and crown is placed in the area of the missing tooth.

Multiple teeth Replacements

Depending on the position of missing teeth in mouth, fewer or multiple implants are placed and restored by individual crowns or bridges.

Replacement Of all teeth in one jaw

If all teeth are missing, full mouth rehabilitation can be done using implants with fixed dentures or bridges.

Depending on the technology and time frame involved, implants can be of

Immediate implants

In this procedure, the dental implants are placed at the same time of tooth extraction. Depending on the bone condition, the crowns may or may not be placed in the same visit.

Single stage or Immediate loaded dental implants

Immediate dental implants technology can be used for most of the patients. This technology provides an immediate solution to tooth loss, whether it is a single tooth missing, few teeth missing, all teeth missing or any number of teeth to be removed and replaced. The most important advantage of immediate dental implants is that the restorations (crowns, bridges) are completed within few days’ time.  Multiple restorative options are available depending on patient requirements.

Conventional two-stage implants

Usually two visits of 7 to 10 days each. The implant treatment usually consists of two stages with a time interval of approx. 3 to 6 months between the two stages. In the First stage, the dental implant is placed after clinical and radiographic evaluation. In the Second stage, impressions are made and artificial teeth crown is fabricated and fixed in three to four sittings. (total 8-10 days)

The decision to perform the implant and crown in single or two stages depends on host of factors including bone density. Restoration fabrication depends on All On 4 Implants, All On 6 Implants, Basal Implants or Zygomatic Implants concepts of reconstruction.

Choice of Crown can be made from following options:

  • Porcelain fused to Base Metal crown/bridge.
  • Porcelain fused to metal crown (CAD-CAM designed) “Screw retained”
  • Zirconia (Metal free Crowns)
  • Zirconia (Metal free Crowns) “Screw retained”
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