If you’ve recently lost a tooth or are missing teeth for a while now, this would be a strong reason for seeking dental care.
You can have difficulty in chewing food, pain due to the migration of adjacent teeth in the empty space, and other dental problems. You may refrain from smiling and speaking as missing teeth can lead to embarrassing situations.
We can help you to regain back your beautiful smile. We offer a variety of options for the replacement of missing teeth like dentures, crowns & bridges, and dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
The part of the tooth that is clinically visible is called the crown. The tooth also has roots that are firmly embedded in the jaw. A dental implant is a substitute for the tooth root. It is a titanium screw that is surgically fixed within the jawbone. It supports and provides anchorage to the artificial dental crown, dental bridge or a denture.
Why should you go for a dental implant?
The technical advancements in the field of dentistry have created methods and the materials used for denture fabrication. Still, dentures do not prevent bone loss or changes in the facial features. Dental bridges take support from the neighboring teeth. The neighboring anchor teeth has to be shaped for the dental crown to fit properly. Moreover, the areas beneath the dental bridges may be difficult to clean and may lead to the accumulation of dental plaque. Which may lead to idolized gum disease or cavities around the edge. Due to all these reasons, dental implants are currently the best solution for the replacement of missing teeth.
Are you a suitable candidate for a dental implant?
There are few contraindications for dental implants like medical conditions such as bone diseases, diabetes mellitus, AIDS, and others. Also, chronic smoking and poor oral hygiene may affect the success rate of the implant therapy. Your dentist will recommend the correct treatment option for you after diagnosis and clinical tests.
Is the treatment safe?
Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials like titanium and sterilization protocol is strictly followed during the entire process. In some clinical cases, there may be complications due to the vital structures like nerves or blood vessel lying close to the proposed site of the implant. Your dentist assesses all these criteria and suggests accessory treatments (like bone grafting) to facilitate the placement of the implant.
What are the steps involved in implant placement?
Your dentist will place the dental implant (titanium screw) within the jaw bone after thorough clinical examination and treatment planning. It is important that the implant integrates with the surrounding bone (osseointegration). This phase usually takes few months and is called the healing phase. Once the implant is firmly secured in the position, your dentist will restore it with a dental crown or other restorative options like a dental bridge or a denture.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
The overall success rate of the implant therapy is found to be more than 90% in many clinical studies. However, various factors may modify the prognosis of dental implants. Medical complications, smoking, poor oral hygiene, gum diseases, etc. affect the success rate of the implant therapy. Moreover, the experience and expertise of the surgeon also influence the result of the treatment procedure. Your dentist should have a sound medical knowledge and an excellent surgical hand and use high-quality dental implants.
Is the procedure painful?
The surgery is always done under anesthesia. We also use different techniques of sedation to make the process virtually painless for you.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- The dental implants give excellent cosmetic results as compared to the other tooth replacement options. They are lone standup structures which do not rely on other teeth.
- They restore the functions of tooth like chewing, space maintenance, assistance in speech, preservation of the jaw bone, and others.
- They are quite comfortable as compared to the dentures.
- People of all ages can go for dental implants, and this treatment has a high success rate. However, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and avoid smoking and follow the instructions given by our dental team to improve the longevity of the dental implant.
The benefits of dental implants are many. If you want a replacement that mimics your natural tooth, then surely dental implant is the ideal option. Consult your dentist today to know more about dental implants.