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Implants

Dental Implants are the ideal solution for replacement of missing teeth and they have changed the face of Dentistry over the last 25 years.

A Dental Implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows the Implantologist to fix a crown on the top of that, thereby providing the appearance of a natural tooth

Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth thereby offers the most realistic, long lasting solution for the restoration of functionality of your smile.

Consequences of missing teeth

  • Speech problems occur due to gap created when teeth are lost
  • Missing teeth causes difficulty in chewing, as your upper jaw and lower jaw may not come properly
  • Missing teeth can make your face look older and wrinkled with sunken cheeks beacuse of sagging muscles which no longer can support your lips & cheeks
  • Pain in facial muscle or jaw can result from an improper bite caused by absence of teeth
  • Food entrapment & plaque accumulation may result in the gap leading to decay & gum disease
  • Adjacent teeth may tilt into the empty space left by missing tooth thereby creating improper bite
  • Low self esteem is one of the major psychological consequence of untreated missing teeth
  • People are really conscious about their appearance and reluctant to smile at public gatherings

Why Implants?

Dental Implants are the ideal solution for replacement of missing teeth and they have changed the face of Dentistry over the last 25 years.

Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth thereby offers the most realistic, long lasting solution for the restoration of functionality of your smile.

Made of Titanium (same material used by NASA) makes implant light and strong, resulting in them lasting lifetime.

Its is placed in the jaw, and a crown is placed on the top providing the appearance of a natural tooth. Dental Implants are for all ages, with 98% success rate, dental patients are assured about their teeth and gum’s wellbeing.

Bridges Implants
Adjacent natural tooth can be compromised No adjacent tooth is compromised
At time, a Bridge needs to be replaced, as bone loss continues where the tooth was missing No bone loss after Implants, as it forms a bond with the bone and promotes healthy bone
Bridges can make teeth more prone to plaque accumulation, decay, periodontal disease and the possible need for future root canals Implants do not attract any bacteria for plaque accumulation, since there are no free spaces in between

Advantages of Implants

  • Implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth since it restores the lost tooth
  • Implants are durable and the ultimate long term solution
  • Dental Implants help to retain the shape of face & smile which otherwise could go wrong due to sagging of facial muscles because of missing teeth
  • Implants protects healthy bone
  • Implants gives improved appearance, speech & comfort
  • Implants gives perfect solution to the missing tooth thereby boosting your selfesteem
  • Implants provides options to enjoy a wide variety of food

Implants surgery procedure

Implants Surgery might look or sound complicated but in reality being most advanced it attracts hardly any complications. Below are the procedures explained in a very simplified manner that are done in the Implants treatment.

Placing the Implant :

With modern dentistry techniques the Implant placement procedure can be made comfortable and relatively pain-free. If you are particularly concerned then please ask your dentist for sedation, which will enable you to completely relax and drift off into your own twilight world whilst Dental Implants are placed.

The jawbone is prepared for surgery, to place the Dental Implant, the surgeon makes a cut exposing the bone into which holes are drilled. They are deep enough so that the Dental Implant is properly placed, like the root, implanted deep into the bone.

Sometimes the bone is weak or not upto the standards in which we can do an implant surgery so the doctors perform Bone Grafting. After your jawbone heals, your surgeon places the Dental Implant metal post in your jawbone.

The entire process can take many months from start to finish. Much of that time is devoted to healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw.

After this , you’ll be given a temporary crown that is placed for the gap and aesthetic purposes. You can remove this at your own will but for Implants procedure we have to wait until bone is healed.

Healing :

During this process, the jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the Dental Implant. This process, called as Osseointegration helps provide a durable base for your new artificial tooth — just as roots do for your natural teeth.

This process usually takes around 3 to 6 months depending on the bone health and structure. Some times people do not need much of a healing period and have good bone structure, their whole procedure is completed in one day.

Once the Implants have become fused with the bone, you can schedule the second surgery. Your dentist will confirm whether the implant is ready for the second surgery by taking an X-ray. This surgery is simpler than the first. A new incision is made to expose the heads of the Implants.

Abutment placement :

After healing is complete, you may need another minor surgery to place the abutment — the piece where the crown will eventually attach. The procedure is typically done with local anesthesia in an outpatient setting.

The wound is reopen to attach the abutment to Dental Implant, and a temporary crown is given for around 4 to 6 weeks until then gums around the abutment heals as the temporary crown is softer which cushions the implant and temporary crown forces to soft tisuess that eventually helps in healing.

After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft food while the surgical site heals

Placement of permanent Crown:

The permanent crown will be made to look exactly like your surrounding teeth, with the surface texture, colour and anatomy all characterised to blend in perfectly with the surrounding dentition.

If for any reason you are not happy with the crown, make your doctor aware – it can be sent back to the dental technician if necessary to be remade.

You’ll have impressions made of your mouth and remaining teeth. These impressions are used to make the crown — your realistic-looking artificial tooth. The crown can’t be placed until your jawbone is strong enough to support use of the new tooth.

Permanent crown are made within two to three weeks, or less, and cemented or screwed to the abutment.

These teeth are considered as extremely strong and durable.

After permanent crown placement there are certain things that you will have to keep in mind which will be directed to you by your doctor as Post Implants care.

Post operative Instructions for Implants surgery

Please follow the instructions outlined below, and contact your doctor should any questions or problems arise.

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.

BLEEDING

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.

SWELLING

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.

DIET

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed. Avoid drinking liquids through straw.

PAIN

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For pain, please take the medicines prescribed to you by the attending doctor. All medicines should be taken as per instructions only.

ANTIBIOTICS

Take all antibiotics (if prescribed) as directed until they are finished.

ORAL HYGIENE

Good Oral Hygiene is essential for good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the prescribed oral rinse should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially while brushing the surgical areas.

TOBACCO

Do not use tobacco products of any kind (cigarettes, cigars, pipes or smokeless tobacco). This greatly inhibits healing and increases chances of implant failure.

ACTIVITY

Keep physical activities minimal immediately after the surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.

ABUTMENTS

Occasionally healing abutments are placed at the time of implant placement; keep these clean with frequent rinsing. After the stitches dissolve, the abutments may be cleaned with gentle massage with moist Q-tips.

WEARING YOUR PROSTHESIS

Partial dentures, flippers or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.

Post Implants Care

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do not just for your teeth and gums but for your overall well being. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look & feel good, they also make it possible to eat and speak. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing & flossing will help stop problems before they develop and indeed would make your teeth and Implant lasts for a longer duration.

Routinely visit to dental clinics and following these simple guidelines enumerated below can help you achive fairly good oral hygiene thereby making your implant lasts for life.

  • Brushing twice a day is must in order to maintain a good oral hygiene
  • While selecting a toothbrush, please keep in mind that it should have a small head and soft to medium bristles
  • Do not be aggresive while brushing as it might cause abrasion, it is the technique that matters not the force
  • Flossing once a day is necessary to keep your oral health in fairly good condition after Implants.
    Flossing technique: Take about 15- 18 inch long dental floss and curl it from both ends on to the first finger on both of your hands. Now gently slide it through the interdental space without injuring the gum. Now you can simply keep pulling it one by one from each finger to clean it laterally or can slide it up and down
  • Dental Implants can last a lifetime with proper oral care at home. You can also use water pricks & proxabrushes to thouroughly clean all the surfaces of your teeth
  • It is highly recommended to use mouth rinses atleast once a day after meals, if not, regular rinses are must after every meal
  • Avoid eating sticky substances as Implants being an artificial tooth attracts more bacteria than a natural one. just like with natural teeth, dental tartar can build and cause problems for your implant, and conscientious oral care is vital to the longterm success of your new teeth

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