This is Dr. Rahul. Today I'm going to talk a little bit about dental implants as everyone must be aware these dental implants are titanium screws which are placed into the bone and it is a replacement for missing tooth now our missing teeth can be replaced in a number of ways. One is with the help of dentures which are conventional dentures which are almost obsolete nowadays thanks to dental implants and bridges. Other option is with the help of bridges but for that you need to sacrifice your adjacent teeth, shave them up and use them as abutments to have a replacement. The best way to replace missing teeth is with the help of dental implants why? because you're not sacrificing, you're not damaging your adjacent teeth and you are taking support directly from your jaw bone.
To determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants or not there is something called CBCT, which is a 3D scan which helps us to determine what is the quantity as well as the quality of bone present. Once the 3D scan is done we can exactly determine the dimensions of your bone and we can plan how many implants are required, what is the design of the implant that is required which is best suitable for your case and what are the sites for implant placement. Also apart from that it also helps us to understand what are the anatomical structures present around the site of the implant placement like the maxillary sinus, if there are some nerves present in the lower jaw which is in the way of placing the implants, so if there are some adjunct procedures required for placing the implants we would determine that.
Once the implants are placed we need to give our body some time to heal which is probably three to four months. During this period what happens is, your bone will integrate or fuse with the dental implants, once these fusions happens or once this integration happens that means now the foundation is rock solid over which you can have your crowns placed and over which you will have your teeth, once you have these teeth in, you can chew on to your nuts or whatever hard foods you want to chew and that will make sure that you have a beautiful smile as well. If you want to know more about dental implants and if you are looking for a similar kind of treatment you can check us on lybrate.