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. The implant is made of Titanium metal which is the strongest metal and gives maximum strength.
For the past few decades, whenever somebody lost his/her tooth due to decay, gum disease or trauma, the best possible way to replace those teeth was by the use of removable dentures or fixed bridges, but now DENTAL IMPLANT is a newer & a more viable option.

It imitates your tooth root and acts as an anchor for placing one or more artificial teeth. When a natural tooth is lost, an implant is inserted in the space left behind by the lost tooth. It is the best solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth but is a little expensive than a dental bridge.

 

Types of implants:

  • Single tooth
  • All-on-Four
  • All-on-Six
  • All-on-Eight
  • Implants with Bone Graft
  • Implants with Sinus Lift

Single Tooth Implant

Single-tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is surgically placed in an opening that your dentist makes in the jawbone. After the implant integrates (attaches) to your bone, it acts as a new “root” for the crown that will replace your missing tooth. A crown (cap), which is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth.

Implant

All-on-Four

It is a total rehabilitation procedure for patients with a full arch of missing teeth or the patients with severely carious or teeth affected due to gum disease, by placing four implants in the front region of the lower or the upper jaw, where the density of the bone is higher. This lessens the need of bone grafts and can facilitate the placement of 10-14 teeth.

All-on-Six

A total rehabilitation procedure for patients with a full arch of missing teeth wherein six implants are placed in the upper or lower front tooth region, facilitating as a fixture for a bridge or denture. A bone graft may or may not be required depending upon the bone health.

All-on-Eight

A technique usually recommended for patients who have lost almost 70-80% of their natural teeth. This technique involves the placement of eight implants in each dental arch ensuring enough space for the implants without interfering with the functioning of the remaining natural teeth which may be lost with time.
Implants with Bone Graft
Implant surgeries often require bone grafts depending upon the health of the bone of the patient. If the bone height or bone width is compromised, a bone graft is required for the placement of the implants.
Implants with Sinus Lifts
Implant surgeries often require bone grafts depending upon the health of the bone of the patient. If the bone height or bone width is compromised, a bone graft is required for the placement of the implants.

Advantages:

  • Support the tooth that has been fully damaged.
  • Protect a tooth that has worn away from being damaged further.
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal procedure.
  • Improve the appearance of a tooth by change it’s color and shape.

Disadvantages:

  • Some patients may experience discomfort shortly after the procedure.
  • Such as the need to file the tooth into the right shape before the crown is fitted.
  • rarely and allergic reaction may occur due to porcelain, or one of the metals use to form the crown.
  • It is possible to repair small chips without removing the crown, while larger or multiple breaks in the crown may require its complete replacement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the most natural looking and naturalfeeling replacement for missing teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implant don’t slip when you talk, laugh or eat.

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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