DENTAL IMPLANTS – The perfect solution for missing or damaged teeth
A dental implant is a small “anchor” that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. Dental Implants can be made of Titanium or Zirconium. While Titanium implants can be used in almost all clinical situations, Zirconium Implants are site specific . A prosthetic replacement tooth (crown or bridge or denture) is then secured to the top of the implant(s). Dental implants offer a more permanent solution for replacing lost teeth.
Why choose Dental Implants?
Implant Timeline – Steps in Implant Placement
Whether placing a single implant or multiple implants, the procedure remains the same. A methodical approach to planning treatment with dental implants ensures optimum results. The treatment timeline for placement of a single implant and permanent crown is only 3-4 days when all other factors are favorable! Immediate temporary teeth can be given even for completely edentulous patients in the same visit as placement of implants. There are multiple permutations available and depending on the clinical situation and the financial constraints, dental implants can be provided for all.
How long does it take to place a dental implant?
Dental implant placement is a minor surgical procedure like a tooth extraction and takes approx 15 to 20 min per implant placement
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough to get an implant. General good health and adequate bone in the jaw are the key requirements. Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants.Patients who have medical or other conditions that may interfere with the healing process of either their bones or soft tissues (e.g., connective tissue disorders, steroid therapy, bone infections, cigarette smoking) must carefully evaluate, the potential risks and benefits of using dental implants.
Iam a diabetic, Can I get dental implants
If your diabetes is under good control or can be bought under good control, dental implants can be placed. However if you are a chronic uncontrolled diabetic then it is important to discuss with your physician and bring it under good control before placing dental implants.
I recently had a cardiac bypass surgery ,can I have dental implants
Any general surgical procedure is not a contraindication for dental implants .It is generally recommended that implants can be placed 6 months after bypass surgery. Prior to dental implant placement it is important to check to a complete health check and evaluate surgical fitness.
How successful is the procedure?
For more than three decades, dental implants have been used successfully with people just like you. Good oral hygiene is an important factor in insuring long lasting results from your implants.
Is the procedure painful?
Anesthesia is used during the surgical procedure to eliminate any discomfort. Pain medication is given for any discomfort after surgery. Most patients indicate that the discomfort is minimal once they arrive at home. Many feel great the next day and are able to return to work.
How long will it take to fix teeth over the implant.
Traditionally after a recommended healing period of approx 3 months the teeth were fixed over dental implant, but with the newer implant technology the teeth can be fixed within a week.
Will I be able to chew well after I have dental implants
There are no food restrictions after placing dental implants, so you can chew any type of food like hard snacks ,chips,chocolates etc.
How many implants will I need
For a missing single tooth we will need one implant. Fixed implant dentures would need 4 to 6 implants per jaw.
How many visits does it take to get my teeth fixed
It may take you a minimum of 2 to 5 visits from the initial consultation to implant placement to checkup appointments
How much will the treatment cost?
The cost will be determined by the number of implants that will be placed, the type of prosthesis (teeth) recommended in your particular case. This can only be determined after a thorough clinical examination
Will my new teeth look natural?
Your new teeth will look and feel like your natural teeth.
What is the materials for the artificial teeth?
The artificial teeth are made of ceramic or zirconia ceramic which are not only very hard materials but also look very natural like tooth enamel. They are made using CAD CAM technology and as custom made per patient.
How long to dental implants last?
Dental implants have had a 20 year success rate of over 95 percent. The longevity of the implants also depends on the quality of the dental implant, quality of the bone, type of ceramic teeth used etc.
Is there a warranty on dental implants?
Since the success rate is very very high, most of the dental implant manufacturers provide a free lifetime replacement warranty for a failed implant.
What happens if an implant fails?
The failed implant is removed and a new implant can be placed in the same position. The time and effort for this procedure is similar to placing a new dental implant.
How do I maintain my dental implants
- Brush after eating and before bedtime around the implant with a soft toothbrush
- Floss at least once to twice a day. Use the proxy brush or floss threader to remove plaque under and around these areas to maintain good oral hygiene. Buildup of food debris and plaque on your teeth and gums can become infected.
- Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
- See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleaning
Read our Blog on Care for Dental Implants for more information.