Dental implants are the metal posts which dentists use to replace missing natural teeth. They are made of a Titanium based alloy and it acts as a replacement for the roots of your missing teeth. Dental implants has been a part of dentistry for more than 60 years and with the modern advances in this field they are considered yard stick of single or multiple teeth replacement.
How long will dental implants last?
Once integrated (fused to the bone) dental implants last for life. You will have to keep your regular dental recalls and hygiene appointment at your dentist though.
What are the components/ parts of a dental implant?
Dental implant consists of a implant fixture which is placed in your bone by the dentist and a abutment or an extension of the implant to the mouth and finally a crown which is the white portion you will see when the treatment is over.
How difficult is the procedure, shall I take a week off from work for the surgery?
Most implant placements are easier than a dental extraction. A usual surgery will last for 30-45 minutes per implant and to make it easier we sedate most of our patients in both our clinics. Unless and until it is a multiple implant surgery with sinus grafting you don’t have to take a day off other than the day of surgery. Your dentist will go through this on the day of initial consult.
Will I be in pain after the surgery?
You will have some soreness comparable to the day when you did the tooth extraction. Dr Rao will make sure you have been prescribed some pain medications and oral rinses which will keep the soreness down to a comfortable level.
Will I get my crown/ denture on the same day as the implant placement?
In most cases we recommend a waiting period for the implants to heal and integrate in your mouth and loading (putting a crown/ denture) after 3-4 months. In some special cases we do immediate loading/ teeth in a day procedure if the missing tooth is in the smile zone and sufficient bone is available to place an implant.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Most patients are ideal candidates for dental implants. Few contraindications include some medical conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, radiation to the head and neck area, cancer, uncontrolled gum infections may affect the prognosis of the implant treatment. It is detrimental that you discuss your detailed medical history with the dental surgeon and bring the list of medications for the initial consult.
I was told I need bone grafting, why is that?
Dental implants needs 1-2mm of bone around the area where it is placed for successful bone fusion. If you don’t have enough bone, your dentist may suggest doing some bone grafting. We use mineralized bone chips for bone grafting in our clients. In the anterior smile zone a bone grafting may be recommended to make the ridge area look good.
A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. An implant doesn’t come loose like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
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Implants are devices that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. Most of the time, implants feel more natural and secure than other methods of replacing missing teeth, such as dentures.
There are many reasons it’s important to replace missing teeth:
- Having all of your teeth can make you more self-confident. You don’t worry that people notice that you have teeth missing.
- When teeth are lost, the area of the jawbone that held those teeth starts to dissolve. Implants help to preserve the bone and the shape of your jaw.
- Tooth loss affects how well you chew and what foods you are able to eat. Some people who have missing teeth have poor nutrition, which can affect overall health. Raw fruits and vegetables require more chewing. Someone who finds it difficult to chew may avoid them. Other options, such as blending, pureeing and juicing, are not always considered.
- The loss of teeth can change your bite, the way your teeth come together. Changes in your bite can lead to problems with your jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint.
- Losing teeth can lead to changes in your speech. This also can affect your self-confidence.