What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws which are equivalent of the root of your teeth. They fix the tooth with the jawbone. They can be used to replace one or several missing teeth.
What Are The advantages Of Implants?
Which option is better to replace missing teeth, Implants, bridges or dentures?
How successful are implants?
90-95 percent success rate has been reported over a period of 10 years for implants. Many implants last for over 40 years also. This is significantly better than the success rates for other methods of tooth replacement, such bridges and dentures.Success depends on various factors like health and habits of the individual. Dental implants are resistant to decay. However they are susceptible to gum disease. Diligent home care and regular check ups by dentist are vital to maintain health of dental implant. As everybody is different, it is difficult to predict exactly how long your implant will last. If an implant fails it is possible to replace it with another implant of a larger size.
What will happen if I choose not to replace my missing teeth?
Teeth are lost for various reasons, during our lifetime. Missing front teeth can result in a visible empty space affecting your looks and confidence and can also affect your speech. Losing teeth causes other teeth to shift in the empty space. If the back teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to shrink which changes the shape of your face and may cause you to look prematurely aged.
Are implants the right option for me?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth is a candidate for dental implants. However, there are certain conditions that may not allow implant placement, such as chronic uncontrolled diabetes, heavy smoking, bisphosphonate therapy and bone loss.
How long does it take to complete treatment?
The treatment time varies for three to six months. Most of the time is spent waiting for the implant to fuse with the bone which goes on below the gums without any feeling or awareness. Treatment time depends upon the initial amount of bone present. Complex cases may take more time to be finished.
Will it hurt?
No. With superior local anaesthesia techniques available the discomfort associated with getting implants is far less than expected. It is almost equal or less than having a tooth extracted. When we see patients for follow up visits the report that they were pleasantly surprised by how little discomfort they had. There may be a little discomfort and swelling for a short while after surgery which is easily manageable with pain medications.
You can return to work and your daily activities the next day. Patients are comfortable between appointments.
Can dental implants help me if I wear dentures?
Definitely, in fact implants are most frequently requested by denture wearers only. Dental implants can help provide retention and support to removable dentures. Or the dentures can also be fixed in place with the help of implants, only the dentist can remove this from mouth.
What is the right time to get implants done?
Ideally as soon as you get your tooth extracted. Sometimes it is possible to place an implant immediately after extraction too. After a tooth is removed, the bone starts shrinking. Good amount of bone is required for implant placement. In cases where there is a lot of bone resorption, bone graft is required which increases the total cost of the procedure.
Will I be without my teeth?
After placement of implant, temporary dentures or bridges can be worn over implants till they fuse with bone.
What is the cost of dental implants?
The cost of implants depend upon the following factors:
The cost of treatment may vary between 40000 Rs to replace a single tooth to upwards of 6,00,000 Rs to replace full upper and lower jaws.
What are the complications/ risk asssociated with implants?
Dental implants are one of the safest medical procedures. However, as with any surgery certain complications can occur rarely.
How do I care for my implants?