Dental Implant

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that works like a real tooth. When a natural tooth is extracted, an implant is inserted in the space left by the extracted tooth. It is the best solution for a missing tooth.

An implant is made of two parts: a metal screw and a tooth crown. The metal part of the implant is inserted in the jaw bone. After the implant is inserted in the jaw, a tooth crown is placed on the top of it.

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The metal screw is made of Titanium metal. Titanium is the strongest metal. Therefore, the strength of an implant is very high. Implant has a life of 15+ years.

Several cases of extracted or missing teeth are shown below. Implants are used to fill the empty space left after tooth extraction.

Implant Cases

The average cost of an implant is $ 3450 in USA and $ 350 outside of USA at our clinic.

Benefits of Implant

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  • Fills the empty space left after tooth extraction
  • Food does not get stuck when eating
  • You look better when you smile
  • You can chew food better
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If the space left after tooth extraction is not filled, then it will cause other teeth to fall soon. The empty space can be filled by either: a dental implant, or a dental bridge or a denture. Dental implant is the best treatment among all these treatments.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Implants

Advantages

  • Implants last for a life-time
  • Implants are the best replacement for a missing tooth
  • Implants do not affect adjacent teeth
  • Implants require less maintenance
  • Implants are made of the strongest metal: Titanium

Disadvantages

  • Implant are costlier than dental bridge and denture.
  • Implants are a lengthy process, requiring 2 visits of 4-5 days each, with a gap of 2 months between the visits
  • Implant requires local anesthesia

Types of Implant

There are two types of implant: Titanium Implant and Zirconia (Ceramic) Implant.

1. Titanium Implant

Titanium implant is the most commonly used type of implant. It is made of Titanium metal. Titanium implant is stronger than a zirconia (ceramic) implant. Titanium implant can take

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high biting force than a zirconia implant. Therefore, this implant is more commonly used.

2. Zirconia Ceramic Implant

This implant is either completely made of zirconia (ceramic) or at least has the upper part of the implant (abutment) made of zirconia. Zirconia implant is white in color and looks like

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a natural tooth. This implant is weaker than a Titanium implant.

Zirconia implant is commonly used in the front side of the jaw where less biting / chewing force and pressure is required. Zirconia implant looks more like a natural tooth in the front because of its color.

Procedure for Placing Implant

Implant surgery is done in two parts. An implant is placed in the first part and a tooth crown is placed on the implant in the second part.

First Visit: The first visit is of 4-5 days. In this visit, on the first day, the doctor first takes a 3D image or an x-ray of the mouth, and then plans the treatment. Implant is placed on the second day.

Implant Placement Surgery: In this surgery, the implant is placed in the jaw. It takes 45-60 minutes to insert one implant. After the surgery, you can resume your daily work after 2-3 days. A tooth crown is not yet placed in this surgery because the bone needs time to heal completely.

Healing / Waiting Time: The healing / waiting time is of 2 months. A temporary acrylic tooth crown is placed over the implant as a temporary replacement of a permanently fixed tooth crown.

During this time, you can eat, chew all types of food, but a temporary acrylic tooth crown

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is weaker than a permanently fixed zirconia tooth crown, so you should eat only eat soft food and avoid biting hard food items.

Second Visit: The second visit is of 3-4 days. In this, a fixed tooth crown is permanently placed over the implant. No healing time is required after this.

Bone Graft and Sinus Lift Surgery

Bone graft and sinus lift surgery is done on a part of the jaw that has less bone to hold the implant. It adds artificial bone in the part of the jaw that holds the implant.

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In this procedure, a tissue layer near the gums (sinus membrane) is lifted and the bone graft (artificial bone) is filled in the jaw. The implant is then inserted. The bone graft fuses with the jaw bone and becomes like a natural bone within a few weeks.

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Precautions after Treatment

  • Eat soft food for 24 hours after the surgery
  • Avoid hot food and drinks for 24 hours after surgery
  • Do not drink from a straw for 24 hours
  • Do not spit or gargle or rinse harshly for 24 hours
  • Take prescribed medicine on time
  • Keep your teeth clean and maintain good oral hygiene.

Alternatives of Implant

A dental implant is the best option to replace a lost tooth. However, there are cheaper alternatives to an implant: a dental bridge and a partial denture.

1. Dental Bridge

A dental bridge replaces the missing tooth with a fixed fake tooth. A dental bridge is placed in the mouth with the support of two

teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth. But the 2 adjacent teeth are trimmed to support the fake tooth. So, a dental bridge weakens 2 good teeth to fill space of a missing tooth.

Read more about dental bridge here.

2. Partial Denture

A partial denture replaces a missing tooth with a removable fake tooth. A denture is not recommended as an alternative to an

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implant because it does not permanently fill the gap left by a missing tooth and this causes other teeth to fall soon. Read more on effects of missing teeth here.

Read more about denture here.

Tooth Implant vs Dental Bridge

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  • An implant lasts for 15+ years
  • An implant is stronger than a dental bridge
  • An implant does not require support from adjacent teeth
  • An implant is costlier than a bridge and a denture
  • An implant does not affect adjacent teeth
  • An implant requires 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in between the visits

Dental Bridge

  • A bridge has a shorter life of 7-10 years
  • A bridge is not as strong as an implant
  • A bridge requires considerable trimming of the adjacent teeth
  • A bridge is relatively cheaper than an implant
  • A bridge may lead to sensitivity in adjacent teeth because of the trimming. The adjacent teeth may require a root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) to treat the tooth sensitivity
  • A bridge can be made in 3-4 days

Implant Vs Partial Denture

Implant

  • An implant is a permanently fixed tooth
  • An implant does not move while chewing, speaking, sneezing, coughing or any other natural reflexes
  • An implant is costlier than a denture
  • An implant preserves remaining jawbone and maintain facial structure (keeps you looking young)
  • An implant is a permanent solution for a missing tooth

Partial Denture

  • A denture has to be removed and cleaned daily
  • You can not wear a denture while sleeping
  • A denture often dislodge and wobble while chewing, speaking, sneezing, coughing or any other natural reflexes
  • A denture is re-aligned or made again if any change happens in the jaw, like tooth extraction
  • A denture is cheaper than an implant
  • A denture does not preserve remaining jaw bone and therefore decreases density of the jaw bone

Equipment used in Implant Surgery

3D Image of Whole Mouth using CT Scan (CBCT) Machine

Equipment

A CT scan (CBCT) machine gives a 3D image of your mouth. The 3D image gives the best locations in the jaw to insert the implants. Therefore, a very small hole is drilled in the gums to insert an implant because the exact location is already known to the dentist before cutting the gums.

If this 3D image of the mouth is not available, then a larger cut is required in the gums to find the best locations in the jaw to insert the implants. 

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The 3D image also gives information if any additional procedure is required, like: bone graft and sinus lift surgery. It also shows the path of main blood vessels in the mouth that must not be touched during the surgery.

Stent Device to Insert Implants

Equipment

The dentist prepares a device called “Stent” using the 3D image of the mouth. The stent helps in accurate placement of the implants in the jaw bone. Therefore, a very small cut is required in the gums to insert the implant in the jaw.

Equipment

Cost of Dental Implant is - $ 350

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The complete cost of a dental implant surgery consists of:

  • Doctor’s Consultation (Checkup, X-Ray)
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Bone graft and sinus lift surgery is done on a part of the jaw that has less bone to hold the implant. It adds artificial bone in the part of the jaw that holds the implant.

The average cost of an implant is $ 3450 in USA and $ 350 outside of USA at our clinic.

Cost details:

Treatment

Cost in USA

Cost outside of USA

Implant without Crown

$ 1680

$ 260

Tooth Crown (Zirconia)

$ 1260

$ 90

3D CT Scan (CBCT) and a Stent (if required)

$ 420

No Cost

Doctor’s Consultation (Checkup, X-Ray)

$ 90

No Cost

Total

$ 3450

$ 350

  • Implant without Crown:

Cost in USA

: $ 1680

Cost outside of USA

: $ 260

  • Tooth Crown (Zirconia):

Cost in USA

: $ 1260

Cost outside of USA

: $ 90

  • 3D CT Scan (CBCT) and a Stent (if required):

Cost in USA

: $ 420

Cost outside of USA

: No Cost

  • Doctor’s Consultation (Checkup, X-Ray):

Cost in USA

: $ 90

Cost outside of USA

: No Cost

  • Total:

Cost in USA

: $ 3450

Cost outside of USA

: $ 350

Bone graft or sinus lift surgery, if required, will cost $ 90 extra per implant outside of USA at our clinic. But in USA, it costs $ 840 extra per implant.

Read more about cost of implant here.

Low Cost and Affordable Dental Implant

A dental implant is very expensive in USA, but you can save a lot of money by traveling to an affordable location outside of USA for 4-5 days for the treatment.

For example, at our clinic, the cost of a dental implant is $ 350 which is 10 times lower than the average cost of $ 3450 in USA. So, you can save a lot of money, and at the same time enjoy a free holiday trip.

Read more about dental tourism here.

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Frequently Asked Questions​

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Question: Is implant surgery painful?
Answer: No, implant surgery is a completely painless procedure.

Question: Do you use anesthesia to reduce pain?
Answer: Yes, anesthesia is used to numb the mouth. You will be fully awake during the treatment and you will not feel any pain in the mouth.

Question: How many days are required for the complete implant surgery and tooth crown procedure?
Answer: The complete implant surgery and tooth crown procedure takes 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in between the visits.

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Question: How long does an implant last?
Answer: An implant lasts for 15+ years.

Question: What if I do not get an implant?
Answer: If the empty space left by an extracted tooth is not filled by an implant, then it will cause other teeth to fall soon. Please see the effects of a missing tooth on other teeth here.

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Question: Is a tooth crown compulsory after inserting an implant?
Answer: Yes, a tooth crown is compulsory after inserting an implant.

Question: Does a tooth after the implant procedure look like a natural tooth?
Answer: Yes, it looks like a natural tooth because the color of tooth crown matches with the color of your other natural teeth.

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