• Dental implants are ‘artificial tooth roots ‘ ,made usually of titanium, which serves to hold a replacement tooth or bridge or denture. A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, it replaces teeth without sacrificing the health of the neighbouring teeth. The other common treatment for loss of single tooth , a crown or a bridge, requires adjacent to be ground down to support it. Implants also integrate with bone keeping them healthy and intact.
Implant treatment options
A single implant or two to three implants replace a single tooth or a segment of the dental arch.
The crown or bridge can be a screw retained one in which the crown can be removed easily by the dentist as and when required or a cement retained one in which the crowns are secured by normal dental cements. these are difficult to retrieve if needed.
The dentures or teeth set are retained by two to four implants (two in lower jaw and four in upper jaw) by means of retentive attachments incorporated into the denture. This type of denture acts like something similar to a press type lock which can be removed as and when desired by the patient. There are many kinds of attachments which can be used . The two most commonly used are the
Locator attachment- This is a flat attachment and has been proven clinically to have a better ease of use especially for older patients with limited hand dexterity.
Ball Attachment- This is a round attachment and has good retentive capabilities. but the ease of use of this attachment is questionable due unfavourable undercuts
The dentures or ceramic bridges are screwed or cemented over the implants by the dentist. these act almost similar to a complete natural set of teeth.
All on 4 – Four Implants are placed in the upper and lower jaw. Two front and two back implants. The back Implants are placed in an angulated manner so that it engages more bone in the jaw and also reduces the back side cantilever of the the prosthetic teeth set.
All on 6 – Either six straight implants can be placed in the bone if bone is available or All on 4 can be combined with two pterygoid Implants to gain better bone coverage in compromised bone condition cases.
These are used especially in severe bone loss patients in upper jaw where there is no bone to place implants. These implants are mostly placed under general anesthesia.
The Zygoma is the cheek bone which contains high cortical anchorage. This cortical bone is used to engage the prosthesis with addition of 2 -4 extra implants in front region.
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How Dental Implants are placed? How dental Implants are Installed?
Dental Implants are placed inside the jaw bone after drilling holes in the bone under local anesthesia. There is no pain involved in the procedure.
Are Implants Removable?
The Implants usually integrate with bone through a process called osseointegration. Therefore implants are not removable , only the overlying tooth or the prosthesis is removable. If Implants have to be removed after osseointegration for some reasons, Separate drilling procedure has to be done with special instruments .
Can Dental Implants move?
Implants once osseointegrated cannot move.
Will Dental implants stop bone loss?
The Jaw bone is made up of basal bone and alveolar bone(top part). this alveolar bone forms when teeth erupt and starts to resorb when teeth fall off. Dental implants prevents or highly minimises the resorption of the alveolar bone.
Are Implants Painful?
Dental Implant placement procedure is a simple procedure done under local anesthesia and without any pain. The mode of anesthesia is usually a local infiltration much lesser than a nerve block needed for a tooth removal or a root canal treatment.
Are Implants safe? Or Are Implants toxic?
Implants are made of titanium and its alloys and is the most biocompatible inside the bone. Therefore it is absolutely safe to place implants.
Can Implants pop / Can Implants fall off / Can Implants fail?
Dental implants have a proven success rate of around 95%. There may be failures in some cases as with all other treatment modalities.
Can Implants make you sick?
These failures are usually neither life threatening nor something which causes health deterioration.
Can Implants break?
Implant Breakage during placement is very very rare and is not a often mentioned mode of failure of implants. The Teeth or the prosthesis attached to the implants may break, but that is always detachable and replaceable.
Can Implants get Cavities?
No. Implants cannot get cavities.
Will Implants Change my face?
Dental implant for a single teeth usually doesn’t cause much changes. A full jaw Implant treatment can change your face in a positive manner, as you need, compared to your removable dentures.
Are Implants worth it?
Implants are definitely worth it as it can return almost 70-80 % of your normal tooth function(in completely edentulous cases) whereas other modes of treatment return less than 50% of the function.
Are Dental Implants permanent?
The Implants placed inside the bone is usually placed for a lifetime provided there is no other problem. The overlying tooth or the prosthesis may need to be changed after some years.
Why Dental Implants are so expensive?
Dental Implant cost is usually decided by the place of undergoing your treatment. Some countries are, not only for implants but for general dentistry as well , expensive compared to others. Certain Clinics charge more compared to certain other clinics.
Where are Dental Implants the cheapest?
Compared to most other countries , with the same standard of treatment, India is providing you the highest quality treatment at the the lowest price. The reduced cost is probably due to higher consumer consumption.
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