Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implant, also called tooth implant, is an artificial tooth placed into the jawbone for replacing the root of a tooth. Being made of titanium, they have a strong foundation for your permanent or removable teeth that should blend in with the natural ones. They are a suitable option for people who have lost one or more teeth due to an injury, periodontal disease or other reasons. They are a long-term solution for restoring your lost smile. If you care for the implants and your teeth properly, then they will last for a lifetime.

Types of Dental Implants

  • Endosteal - This type of implant is placed into the jawbone. They are most commonly used and available in different shapes like cylinders and small screws. Each implant holds at least one or more prosthetic teeth. This implant is usually used as a great option for patients who wear bridges or removable dentures.
  • Subperiosteal – They are placed on or above the jawbone. These implants are used for patients who have low jawbone, cannot wear conventional dentures and do not want to undergo a procedure to rebuild it.

Dental Implant Procedure

Firstly, the dental practitioner will surgically place the implant into the jawbone. The dental implant will replace the tooth root and need proper time (say, 3 to 6 months) for healing. During this healing time, osseointegration takes place where there is a connection between the jawbone and the implant. Some patients may have to wait till the implant is completely integrated, before attaching the replacement teeth to the implant. Other patients can have replacement teeth and implants placed in a single visit.

The abutment is positioned to connect the implant and the prosthetic tooth. The abutment is a connection that spans through the gum line so that the implant remains buried. In the case of dental implant, the abutment has its own recovery period. The gum around the abutment must cure before the crown is placed.

Finally, the dentist will place the artificial tooth/teeth. In case of single tooth implant, the dental surgeon will customize a new tooth, known as a dental crown. The crown will depend on the shape, size and colour so that it blends perfectly with your natural teeth. If you’re replacing more than one tooth, there are custom-made bridges or dentures that will fit your mouth and implants. The dentist will require some time for making artificial teeth. During this time, he may give a temporary bridge, crown or denture so that you can chew and speak normally till the replaced teeth are ready.

Common questions patients ask about dental implants

How long will it take to restore one or more teeth?

Since every patient is unique, our dentist will provide you with an approximate time for completing the process. The time will depend on the condition of jawbone and the dental and medical history of the patient. The exact time needed from start to end can be a few months to more than a year for complicated cases.

What are the risks associated with the treatment?

Dental implant is the most effective treatment for broken, crooked, damaged or missing teeth. Although there are hardly any complications, some risks include: infection, tooth roots, damage to other teeth, sinus, nerve damage, fractures and incapable of completing the process due to insufficient jawbone. Talk to our dentist and know about the risks involved in the treatment.

Will dental implant hurt?

Though there may be some uneasiness depending on the situation of the patient, many people feel better than they expected after the treatment. Majority of the patients have returned to work and daily activities by the next day, and are satisfied with the result.

What are the costs associated with dental implants?

After an initial consultation, our dental surgeon should provide an estimate cost of the treatment. Your teeth affects the ability to eat, speak, smile and confidence, dental implants are certainly a good investment worth considering.

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