Dental Implants

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 teeth but is more expensive than a dental bridge and removable dentures.

The implant is made of Titanium metal which is the strongest metal and gives maximum strength. Implant has a life of 20+ years.

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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 adjecent teeth
  • Implants require less maintenance
  • Implants are made of the strongest metal: titanium.

Disadvantages

  • Implant are costly, costing around USD $400 per tooth.
  • Implants are a lenghtly process, requiring 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in bettwen the visits
  • Implant is an invasive treatment
  • Implants can not be done in a few medically unfit patients.

Procedure for Placing Implants

An implant surgery is done in two parts. In first part, implants are placed and in second part, tooth crown is placed over the implant.

First Visit: The first visit is of 4-5 days. In this visit, implants are placed. It takes 45-60 minutes to insert each implant. After the surgery, you can resume your daily work after 2-3 days. The 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. During this period, you will wear a removable partial denture as a temporary replacement.

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Second Visit: The second visit is of 2-3 days. In this a tooth crown is placed over the implant that was placed in the first visit. No healing time is required after this.

Cost of Dental Implant

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Tooth Implant vs Dental Bridge

Tooth Implant

  • Implants last for a life-time.
  • Implants are stonger than bridge
  • Implants do not reqiure suopoort from adjecent teeth
  • Implants are costleir than bridge, costing around USD $ 400 per implant
  • Implants do not affect adjecent teeth
  • It is more invasive than brdige
  • Implants reuire less maintenance
  • Implants require 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in bettwen the visits

Dental Bridge

  • Bridge last for around 5-7 years.
  • bridge are not as strong as implants
  • Brdige require considerable trimming of adjacent teeth
  • bridge is relatively cheaper than implant, costing around USD $ 100 per tooth crown.
  • brdige may lead to sentivitty in adjacent teeth because of trimming that may require Root Canal Treamtnet in those
  • it is non-invasive treatment
  • Brdiges reuire special care
  • brdige can be done in 3 days.

Implant vs Denture

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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 straw for 24 hours
  • Do not spit or gargle or rinse harshly for 24 hours
  • After a day, rinse after every meal with warm water for seven days
  • Apply ice pack 6-8 times within 24 hours of surgery
  • Take prescribed medicine on time

Latest Advancements in Implants

CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography)

CBCT helps doctor to view the surgical area in 3 dimensional images. thus, helping in precise placement of implants. It leads to minimum complications and least trauma and pain to patient. it gives faster results. it leads to mnimimal invasive surgery because the implant is placed in the best location judged by computer software.

Digital Implant Surgery (stent)

it is a surgery using a stent prepared by CBCT report. it helps in exact and fast placement of implants. the stent is made up of acrylic and titanium rings  to guide implant placements at exact points.

Immediate Implant

This technique helps replace a tooth as soon as it is extracted. that means you walk in with a faulty tooth and walk out with an implant and a tooth

Bone Grafting and sinus lift

With recent improvements and better bone grafting materials, it is possible to place implants even in patients with very less bone support. sinus lift is a very imprtatnt procedure when when it comes to repalcing upper posterior teeth. In sinus lift procedure, the membrane of maxillary sinus is displaced upwards to provide adequate support for the implants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector, known as abutment is placed between implant and crown.

Q.What will happen without treatment?

Your jawbone begins to shrink from lack of stimulation. Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged.

Q.How will dental implants affect my life?

 

Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

Q.How do I care for my implants?

Home care for your implants consists of brushing and flossing.Regular dental visits are required for long-term health and success.

Q.Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, most dental insurance policies do not cover tooth implants because most companies categorize them as a “cosmetic procedure.” If you need to get dental implants, your best option is probably using medical insurance, but even then, you will probably have some out-of-pocket expenses. Under many medical insurance plans, implants are considered essential in restoring the jaw for eating and speaking.
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