Dental implant, is a prototype of a natural tooth root, made of the most biocompatible metal, Titanium, which fuses to the jaw bone (osseointegrates) over a period of time. A crown is placed over it. If done well, it looks and feels and lasts like the real tooth it replaces.
The implant procedure is the same whether one or all teeth are missing. In this example, there is only one missing lower tooth. For the purpose of demonstration we will assume the patient is healthy and is a candidate for this procedure.Placing the Implant
Involves the placement of specific size and shape implants at strategic locations in the mouth. This is performed under local anaesthesia and the entire procedure takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Usually the healing is uneventful as the patient is on the prescribed drugs. Implants can also be placed immediately after extractions.The Healing Process - Osseointegration
The healing process takes two to three months. This is the amount of time it usually takes for the implant to become part of the lower jaw, commonly referred to as osseointegration. ( osseo - bone ; the bone starts forming around the implant and the implant gets integrated into the bone tissue).II. STAGE TWO- Attaching the Abutment
Today's technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.Placing the Crown
After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented.The Completed Implant
The final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.Applications of Implant Dentistry
In many cases, dental implants are incorporated into an overall treatment plan that might focus on the replacement of several teeth. Some patients have the option of replacing each affected tooth with a new implant, depending upon the condition of the bone. Other treatment plans may require implants for anchoring bridges and dentures.
A candidate for dental implants should be in a good state of health. You should inform your dentist of any systemic illness or condition that may adversely affect healing. Any concern that you may have regarding your medical history should be discussed with your dentist at the consultation appointment. A candidate for dental implants should have enough high quality bone to support the implant(s). At the consultation appointment, a complete examination will be performed and you will be informed of the condition of your bone and the options you have with regard to dental implantsQ2. What is the success rate of dental implants?
Success rate can be as high as 98-100%.Q3. Why have dental implants become so popular?
As our lifespan increases, the need for some type of permanent dental replacement system becomes very important to our overall health. Dentures and bridges have obvious problems: They are loose and unstable. Implants can provide people with dental replacements that are both functional and esthetic. The demand was always there, we just needed the tools to fulfill that demand. Moreover implants last for a lifetime!Q4. Does it hurt to have dental implants placed?
The actual procedure to surgically place a dental implant is done under local anesthesia and is generally not at all painful. When the anesthesia wears off about three or four hours later, you might expect some discomfort. The level of discomfort is quite different from patient to patient, but most patients do not have significant problemsQ5. I have to go without my teeth while the implants are bonding to my jawbone?
Over the years, this has been modified considerably and in most situations, patients leave the office wearing their teeth the day the implants are placed. Every patient and procedure is evaluated separately and there might occasionally be a recommendation that a patient should go without their prosthesis for a short period of time.Q6. Please explain what a dental implant is? and how it's different from other types of false teeth?
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. It is surgically placed in the bone of either the upper or the lower jaw. The bone grows around it and anchors the implant, and a dental crown is placed over it, so that it becomes a complete tooth replacement. They can be used if you are missing one tooth, missing several teeth, and even if you are missing all your teeth.Q7. Are the dental implants long-lasting and a successful way to replace missing teeth?
When dental implants were first developed back in the 1970s, they weren't very long-lasting. It took a lot of research and development to improve the success rate. Now, after more than three decades of clinical experience with over a million patients treated, statistics show that about 95 percent of individual implants are successful. The rate is even higher for bridges supported by implants.
Success is defined as remaining in function over a five-year period
Traditionally, the procedure has been performed in two steps. The dentist began by installing the implant, which was left for from three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, the patient was given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown could be put in place.
Today, there is an alternative to the two-step method that allows you to have the implant installed in one whole piece in one single session. This new method has simplified the procedure a lot, both for patients and dentists.
The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as the patient's dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.Q9. I think I'm too old for dental implants. Is old age a problem?
Sometimes, older patients are concerned that their age may prohibit them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, this is not the case. Health is a key factor, but age isn't so important. Generally, if you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're healthy enough to receive dental implants.
If you have general health problems, however, that could pose a problem. Certain chronic diseases can contraindicate this treatment. The specialists in FMS can decide whether you are a candidate. Give us a call at +91 888 50 60 750, and schedule a consultation. We will conduct a careful evaluation of your dental and health history and tell you honestly whether dental implants will work for you. But you're not too old for thatQ10. What will it feel like to have dental implants in my mouth?
Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you are used to. Most importantly, dental implants often improve your quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem. Since they feel just like having natural teeth again, it is a great boost to your confidence. They aren't going to come loose at the wrong time. You aren't going to develop sores that make them hard to wear.Q11. What can you tell me about dental implant esthetics. Will my new teeth look natural?
Dental implants, if done right, are very esthetic. When you have a missing tooth, the root form is placed in your jaw, and the crown is attached to it. Therefore, your tooth looks like it is growing out of the gums, exactly like a natural tooth.Q12. How about implant function? Will I be able to chew the same, using the same force and pressure as with natural teeth?
People wonder if dental implants are as sturdy as natural teeth. The answer is, yes, they are. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is the same as natural teeth.
They also feel as secure as natural teeth, since they are anchored in the bone. It wasn't too long ago that an extended healing period of up to six months was required before these fixtures could be used. During this healing period, the patient would wear a dental flipper or other temporary tooth replacement to avoid placing stress on the dental implant during the healing period. Our specialists however have kept up with recent developments and can place implants that function immediately. It's called the teeth-in-an-hour concept, and what it means for you as a patient is that the surgery is much simpler and you can leave the placement appointment with permanent teeth that you can use right away.
It is normal to have some small bruises and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
We work with the teeth-in-an-hour concept that gives you implants that function immediately. With this new technology the surgery required is much less invasive and the amount of post-operative discomfort is greatly reduced over older techniques.Q14. What kind of implant maintenance is required? How should I care for my new teeth?
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist.
It's also important that a dentist trained in maintaining dental implants see’s you.
Many people are surprised to learn that, just as natural teeth can succumb to gum disease, dental implants are also subject to gum disease that attacks the attachment between the implant and your jaw. To avoid this gum disease, keep them clean and maintained with faithful brushing and flossing and professional cleanings.Q15. Why Implant ?
• Conservative: To place a bridge, the teeth on either side have to be grounded down and crowns are placed. This is avoided with an implant. Since your healthy teeth are left untouched, this can have a significant long-term benefit for your oral health. • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime. • Improved comfort : This will act and feel like your own tooth. Unlike dentures, it won't shift or come out. You will be able to speak and eat with confidence and comfort. Say goodbye to misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues. • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip. • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite food with confidence and without pain. • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you a smile back and help you feel better about yourself. • Improved oral health. Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.