What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a perfect replacement for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a type of prototype for a natural root. It is made of Titanium/Zirconium, the most biocompatible of metals, and fuses to your jaw bone over time (osseointegrates). The crown is then placed on top. If it’s done right, it will look, feel and last just like the real tooth that it replaces.
This artificial tooth root is then used to hold a new tooth or bridge. Because it is stable and stands on its own, a dental implant bonded to the jawbone can be very close to mimicking natural teeth. The process of fusion is known as “osseointegration”. Implants made from titanium can be integrated with bone without being considered foreign. The outcomes of dental implants placement have improved dramatically over the years thanks to science and technology. The success rate for dental implant placement is now close to 98%.
Types of dental implants available?
There have been two types of dental implants:
Endosteal and Subperiosteal. Endosteal means an implant “in the bone” and subperiosteal means an implant that rests above the gum tissue. Because they have poor long-term results, subperiosteal implants are no longer being used.
What are the benefits of using them?
Implants are used primarily for the replacement of teeth, but they can also be used in other procedures. Because of their stability, the dental implants can support a removable denture. This allows for a more secure fit and comfort. For orthodontics, mini-implants can also be used to temporarily anchor teeth (TAD) and move them to the desired position. These tiny mini-implants can temporarily be attached to bone, and they also aid in tooth movement anchorage. After their intended function is completed, they can be removed.
A minimal number of implants is required to create a stable, comfortable prosthesis for patients who have lost all or part of their teeth to either decay or gum disease. Nobel Biocare gave the name “All-On-4” to this technique. This technique is named after the fact that it can be used to replace all four teeth in a single arch (upper and lower). The implants are placed strategically in areas of strong bone and a thin denture prosthesis is then screwed into place. The All-On-4 procedure provides teeth replacement that feels and is stable (not removable), as well as a more natural look than traditional (removable). complete dentures. Implant dentistry allows for more options to replace missing teeth. It also contributes to better oral health.
Dental Implants Procedure – before, during and after dental implant surgery?
During the consultation and planning stage, the dentist will inspect the mouth to determine if a dental implant should be considered. He/she may also take dental imaging scans (X-rays and panoramic films) and look at any dental imaging studies (CT scans, CT scans, etc. This is where the quality and quantity of jawbones are evaluated to determine whether the additional bone is necessary. Once it is determined that the desired dental implant location can be placed, the patient will return to the clinic for further surgical procedures. Most surgical procedures include local anesthesia to numb the area and any other sedatives required for comfort and anxiety.
Tooth extraction is the most common stage of oral surgery. A lot of times, an existing tooth is still present at the site where a dental implant will be placed. The tooth must be removed in order to place a dental implant. A “alveolar graft” is a cadaver or artificial bone that is used to provide a solid base for the implant. This area will heal in between 2-6 months. If there is no existing tooth or bone loss, a new bone graft (or “onlay bonegraft”) will be needed. This process is more complex and can take up to six months to heal. Sometimes, if enough bone exists, the extracted tooth can be followed by the implant procedure at the same visit. This is called “immediate placement”.
When an implant is required to be placed in a maxilla (upper jaw) in either the posterior or back regions, it is possible that the amount of bone available may be restricted by the presence of maxillary sin (air-filled space between the bones of each eye). Sinus augmentation or “sinus lift” is performed to raise and graft bone into the sinus. This will allow for more bone to be used as a support for a dental implant.
Once there is sufficient, strong bone, the area is ready for the implants. The dental implant (titanium pin) is placed into the bone using special tools and a drill. After the implant is placed, a “healing crown” is applied to the gum. The healing phase then begins. A temporary denture is made to replace missing teeth during the healing phase. It is dependent on the quality and quantity of bone. It takes two to six months for healing. During this time the implant is able to integrate with the bone. It is important not to force the implant or put stress on it as it heals. Regular follow-up visits are required to verify that there are no infections and that healing is proceeding.
After the healing period, the dental implants are tested to see if they have been taken up by bone. Once this is confirmed, a prosthetic part is attached to the dental implants via a screw. This component is known as an “abutment”. It is used to support the crown or replacement tooth. The dentist will make an impression of the abutment and custom-make the implant crown to fit. The implant crown is cemented or attached with a screw to its abutment.
Is dental implant surgery painful for you?
- The majority of dental implant surgery is done under local anesthesia. This means that there is no need to feel pain during the procedure.
- Each case will have a different level of discomfort after the local anesthetic wears off.
- In general, however, most people will feel some discomfort after a tooth is extracted.
- Apply a cold pack of ice to the affected area immediately following treatment. This will reduce swelling.
- This type of pain can typically be managed with over the-counter medications like acetaminophen, Tylenol, or ibuprofen (Advil).
- Higher-invasive surgery may require stronger prescription pain medications and longer recovery times.
- To support healing, it may be necessary to prescribe pain medication as well as oral rinses and antibiotics.
Dental implant cost (kit for dental surgeons)
The implant kit is available only for certified surgeons and the cost varies as per the ordered kit. Contact Simpladent India at +91 9711150803 / mail us at [email protected] for complete your queries or your order.