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Implant Dentistry - Know More!

Dr. Arunima Chandra 92% (391 ratings)
BDS , MCP
Dentist, Bangalore
Implant Dentistry - Know More!

Missing teeth is a common issue and finding the best solution for patients is our goal. Dental implants are a permanent replacement of tooth roots. They are made of titanium and are attached to the jaw bone. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more teeth. They are also used in conjunction with dental bridges and dentures. 

Dental Implants - What All Should You Know?

Dentist, Siliguri
Dental Implants - What All Should You Know?

Dental implants are generally identified as substitutes for tooth roots. Besides, replacing damaged or decayed teeth, implants also provide a strong foundation for both permanent as well as removable replacement teeth.

Advantages
There are loads of advantages of dental implants:

  1. Better overall appearance of teeth, since they are made to fuse with the bone
  2. Unlike removable dentures, implants are much more comforting as well as convenient
  3. Higher self-esteem as you will feel better about yourself
  4. Improved speech quality in the long run
  5. Eating becomes comparatively easier with implants rather than sliding dentures because they function like your own teeth
  6. Improved oral health
  7. Good durability (can even last a lifetime if taken good care of)

Success rate
Generally, dental implants have a very impressive success rate (up to 98%). This can differ, however, based on the placement of the implants.

Who can go for dental implants?

  1. Patients must have healthy gums
  2. Must have sufficient bone strength to hold the implants in place
  3. Must be dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene
  4. Must visit dentist regularly

Procedure
There are many steps involved in getting an implant:

  1. An individualized treatment plan, addressing all your specific needs and prepared by a team of professionals, well versed in oral surgery and restorative dentistry
  2. Placement of the tooth root implant into the bone socket of the missing tooth
  3. Attachment of a small connector post known as an abutment, which securely keeps the new tooth intact
  4. Attachment of a crown (the replacement tooth) to the abutment

The operation is normally administered under local anesthesia. The whole process is not harmful at all, to say the least, and people have reported that a normal tooth extraction causes much more pain than a dental implant operation.

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Dental Implants - What Are The Procedures Of It?

Dr. Anupreet Kaur Choudhury 92% (9054 ratings)
BDS, MDS - Oral Medicine and Radiology
Dentist, Kolkata
Dental Implants -  What Are The Procedures Of It?

Dental implants are generally identified as substitutes for tooth roots. Besides replacing damaged or decayed teeth, implants also provide a strong foundation for both permanent as well as removable replacement teeth.

Advantages

There are loads of advantages to implants. These include:

1.   Better overall appearance of teeth since they are made to fuse with the bone.

2.   Unlike removable dentures, implants are much more comforting as well as convenient

3.   Higher self-esteem as you will feel better about yourself

4.   Improved speech quality in the long run

5.   Eating becomes comparatively easier with implants rather than sliding dentures, because they function like your own teeth

6.   Improved oral health

7.   Good durability (can even last a lifetime if taken good care of)

Success rate

Generally, dental implants have a very impressive success rate (up to 98%). This can differ, however, based on the placement of the implants.

Who can go for dental implants?

1.   Patients must have healthy gums

2.   Must have sufficient bone strength to hold the implants in place

3.   Must be dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene

4.   Must visit dentist regularly

Procedure

There are many steps involved in getting an implant:

1. An individualized treatment plan, addressing all your specific needs and prepared by a team of professionals well-versed in oral surgery and restorative dentistry

2.   Placement of the tooth root implant into the bone socket of the missing tooth

3.  Attachment of a small connector post known as an abutment, which securely keeps the new tooth intact

4.    Attachment of a crown (the replacement tooth) to the abutment

The operation is normally administered under a local anesthesia. The whole process is not harmful at all, to say the least, and people have reported that a normal tooth extraction cause much more pain than a dental implant operation.

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Unreplaced Missing Teeth - Know Impact Of Them!

Dr. Suneet Khandelwal 92% (987 ratings)
MDS , BDS
Dentist, Kota
Unreplaced Missing Teeth - Know Impact Of Them!

Our teeth are most definitely, vital for our living. Our everyday choices, pertaining to our lifestyle would call for changes, adjustments and lots of sacrifices without them. Though, a number of replacement options are available for the people with missing teeth, the most recommended are dental implants. Ask why?

They are simply the ideal solution due to their look and feel, which is similar to the natural teeth.

What happens if replacement is not considered?

To prevent the nasty repercussions from occurring, it is necessary that any missing teeth are replaced in time. Though, the symptoms of problems due to missing teeth only appear to be superficial in the early stages, the long term effects may certainly prove to be quite severe.

Some of the short term consequences of missing teeth are as follows-

  1. People with missing teeth tend to feel self-conscious or even embarrassed at times, while they talk to others or smile.
  2. Problem in speech is a common issue that may arise due to tooth loss.
  3. When teeth are missing, people find it difficult to consume some certain food types. These may include ones which contain some essential nutrients, hence leading to possible malnutrition.
  4. Increased wear or stress can also lead to the weakening of the teeth that are remaining.
  5. People with tooth loss find it difficult to chew the food properly.
  6. When teeth are missing, there is movement of the teeth that remain, to compensate for the gap places created. This leads to ugly looking gap teeth.

Though, these were the short term issues, the major consequence of not getting any lost teeth replaced is the gradual bone loss. Our teeth are firmly embedded in the jaw bone. Chewing and biting are the constant uses, which are required by the jaw bone to remain hale and hearty as well as active. You may believe it or not, be it at the beginning or at the end; the major focus is not on the teeth, but on the bones.

Maintaining form as well as density of the bone requires regular stimulation, coming from the teeth, as mentioned above. The contact with teeth causes small stresses, which the periodontal ligament transmits to the bone and prompts its continual rebuilding as well as remodelling. When any missing teeth are not replaced, it leads to the gradual deterioration in the jaw bones, over time. This not only results in facial shape changes but also will eventually burn a huge hole in your pockets, as increased complications will also lead to increased costs required for rectifying the problems.

So, now it's up to you. Choose healthy and wise. Go for teeth replacement at the earliest, if and when, need arises.

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Know More About Dental Implants!

Dr. Mandar Joglekar 88% (245 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Pune
Know More About Dental Implants!

The implant is a fixed replacement which looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth!

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Replacing Entire Missing Tooth!

Dr. Jyoti Ranjan 91% (616 ratings)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Endodontics, B.D.S
Dentist, Cuttack
Replacing Entire Missing Tooth!

What if we could replace the entire decayed tooth with a new one. Yes, it can be done easily with dental implants. Simple procedure, less visits, absolutely zero pain and years and years of long-lasting stability. The best thing your body deserves.

Dental Implants - Know Merits Of Them!

Dr. Puneet Chopra 87% (10 ratings)
Bachelor of dental science, MDS Prosthodontics
Dentist, Delhi
Dental Implants - Know Merits Of Them!

Root canal therapy (RCT) followed by a crown is the most common mode of treatment for severely decayed teeth. However, this is not devoid of failure. In another case, if a tooth could not be salvaged by RCT, then extraction followed by a bridge (replacing the removed tooth with support from adjacent healthy teeth) became the next best option.

In both cases, especially latter, healthy teeth are being manipulated to support the tooth being replaced. The next quest was to work without touching the sound tooth. So, instead of taking support from adjacent teeth, thought was given to provide support from within the bone - very similar to how a natural tooth stands. The lost root is replaced by a compatible metal, on which a tooth crown is then built. This was the beginning of dental implants, which has gained significant popularity over the last two to three decades.

Advantages:

-Does not affect adjacent healthy teeth
-Functionally better, as it has stronger support from the bone
-More esthetically appealing
-Maintain facial bone and soft tissue structure
-Better for the gum health compared to bridges
-Easier oral hygiene practices

Mechanism: A strong, biocompatible material is used to make screws which are inserted into the bone. Titanium is the most preferred material, and because of its unique property of osseo-integration (fuses with the bone), it fuses with the bone to reduce bone loss after the tooth is gone. In most cases, the titanium screws which act as the root for the implants are placed into the bone and allowed for some weeks to few months to fuse with the bone.  Then, an interim crown may be used until the screw is ready to take on an implant. The screw is periodically monitored and once it is completely accepted, then an abutment is placed on it. This acts like a stump or a root, over which a crown will be placed.

Though most implants are done for replacing single teeth, in many cases, multiple teeth may be replaced using abutments. If the missing teeth are adjacent to each other or in the same quadrant, then a denture might be overlaid over the abutments.  Alternately, a partial denture may be used which is screwed over an abutment.

Maintenance: Regular brushing and flossing, rinsing and mouthwashing assume a greater significance in patients with implants. Also, regular visits to the dentist are a must.

Dental implants are a boon for missing teeth, with the various advantages. However, it is not for all, with excellent bone health being one of the prerequisites.  A thorough dental examination will help determine if you are a right candidate.  Visit your dentist to find out more.

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Dental Implants - Know Merits Of Them!

Dr. Priyanka Basu 89% (44 ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Mumbai
Dental Implants - Know Merits Of Them!

Root canal therapy (RCT) followed by a crown is the most common mode of treatment for severely decayed teeth. However, this is not devoid of failure. In another case, if a tooth could not be salvaged by RCT, then extraction followed by a bridge (replacing the removed tooth with support from adjacent healthy teeth) became the next best option.

In both cases, especially latter, healthy teeth are being manipulated to support the tooth being replaced. The next quest was to work without touching the sound tooth. So, instead of taking support from adjacent teeth, thought was given to provide support from within the bone - very similar to how a natural tooth stands. The lost root is replaced by a compatible metal, on which a tooth crown is then built. This was the beginning of dental implants, which has gained significant popularity over the last two to three decades.

Advantages:

-Does not affect adjacent healthy teeth
-Functionally better, as it has stronger support from the bone
-More esthetically appealing
-Maintain facial bone and soft tissue structure
-Better for the gum health compared to bridges
-Easier oral hygiene practices

Mechanism: A strong, biocompatible material is used to make screws which are inserted into the bone. Titanium is the most preferred material, and because of its unique property of osseo-integration (fuses with the bone), it fuses with the bone to reduce bone loss after the tooth is gone. In most cases, the titanium screws which act as the root for the implants are placed into the bone and allowed for some weeks to few months to fuse with the bone.  Then, an interim crown may be used until the screw is ready to take on an implant. The screw is periodically monitored and once it is completely accepted, then an abutment is placed on it. This acts like a stump or a root, over which a crown will be placed.
Though most implants are done for replacing single teeth, in many cases, multiple teeth may be replaced using abutments. If the missing teeth are adjacent to each other or in the same quadrant, then a denture might be overlaid over the abutments.  Alternately, a partial denture may be used which is screwed over an abutment.

Maintenance: Regular brushing and flossing, rinsing and mouthwashing assume a greater significance in patients with implants. Also, regular visits to the dentist are a must.

Dental implants are a boon for missing teeth, with the various advantages. However, it is not for all, with excellent bone health being one of the prerequisites.  A thorough dental examination will help determine if you are the right candidate.  Visit your dentist to find out more.

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Dental Implants - Who Can Opt It?

Dr. Prerna Thareja 87% (49 ratings)
BDS, MDS Endodontist, Post Graduate Diploma In Hospital Administration (PGDHA), Post-Graduate Certificate in Oral Implantology (PGCOI)
Dentist, Alwar
Dental Implants - Who Can Opt It?

Dental implants are generally identified as substitutes for tooth roots. Besides replacing damaged or decayed teeth, implants also provide a strong foundation for both permanent as well as removable replacement teeth.

Advantages

There are loads of advantages to implants. These include:

1.   Better overall appearance of teeth since they are made to fuse with the bone.

2.   Unlike removable dentures, implants are much more comforting as well as convenient

3.   Higher self-esteem as you will feel better about yourself

4.   Improved speech quality in the long run

5.   Eating becomes comparatively easier with implants rather than sliding dentures because they function like your own teeth

6.   Improved oral health

7.   Good durability (can even last a lifetime if taken good care of)

Success rate

Generally, dental implants have a very impressive success rate (up to 98%). This can differ, however, based on the placement of the implants.

Who can go for dental implants?

1.   Patients must have healthy gums

2.   Must have sufficient bone strength to hold the implants in place

3.   Must be dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene

4.   Must visit dentist regularly

Procedure

There are many steps involved in getting an implant:

1. An individualized treatment plan, addressing all your specific needs and prepared by a team of professionals well-versed in oral surgery and restorative dentistry

2.   Placement of the tooth root implant into the bone socket of the missing tooth

3.  Attachment of a small connector post known as an abutment, which securely keeps the new tooth intact

4.    Attachment of a crown (the replacement tooth) to the abutment

The operation is normally administered under a local anesthesia. The whole process is not harmful at all, to say the least, and people have reported that a normal tooth extraction causes much more pain than a dental implant operation.

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Know How Long Lasting Are Dental Implants!

Malik Radix Health Care 85% (31 ratings)
MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Know How Long Lasting Are Dental Implants!

Ever wondered how good it would be if a tooth lost can be placed back in place?  That is just what the dental implant does.  Unlike the dentures, which replace only the crown portion of the tooth, the implant replaces the crown and the root portion of the tooth.

What’s more, the chances of decay are less and there is no fear of mobility.  The dental implant replaces the natural tooth to the maximum extent possible, both in terms of chewing efficiency and stability of the tooth. It can take almost as much pressure as the natural tooth, with hardly any restrictions on diet.

When properly fabricated, the dental implant can last a lifetime. However, this longevity depends on two sets of factors.  The first is the overall oral health of the patient and the second is the post-implant care.

Oral health:  Before deciding that a person is to go for an implant, the following are considered:

  1. The person should have very good jaw bone support:  The titanium post that will be used as the root portion is placed into the gum ridge and unless the jaw bone is extremely healthy, it will not be able to support this.  Also, the post will be in left in place to get integrated into the bone for about 4 to 6 months.  During this phase, oral health should be maintained extremely well.

  2. Placement:  The implant should be done by someone qualified to do an implant, not just by any dentist. Good fabrication of the implant is very essential for its longevity.

  3. Good oral hygiene measures: This is a prerequisite for choosing if a person is a candidate for a dental implant.  If oral hygiene habits are doubtful, then it would not be worth investing the time, effort, and money on an implant.

  4. Post-implant insertion care: Once the post is absorbed into the bone and the crown has been placed, meticulous care should be taken to ensure there is no plaque formation in and around the implant.  The gums have to be maintained healthy through regular brushing, flossing, interdental brushing and frequent mouth rinses. This will ensure the gums are healthy and can support the implant for years to come.  Regular visits to the dentist every 6 months and scaling in the dental office are also mandatory when you have an implant.

The overall health of the person also ensures the success of implants.  Chronic uncontrolled conditions like heart disease, stress, diabetes, and smoking adversely affect the oral health and therefore the success of an implant. These are also associated with a greater risk of gum and periodontal disease.  Managing these optimally also adds to the longevity of dental implants.

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