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Dental Implant

What is an implant?

A dental implant is a small man-made titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and allowed to bond with the bone and serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implant supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a proven restorative option with a long clinical history. Dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the inconvenience associated with tooth loss.

Dental Implant Treatment In Chanakyapuri

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease, or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. If one, a few or all teeth are missing, dental implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth. Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits that dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical health history. At this time all your questions can be answered.

Is there pain or discomfort involved?

Most patients report that there is very little discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure then they anticipated. Anesthesia and patient sedation are used to eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure. Your dentist may recommend that you speak with another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.

How will I benefit from dental implants?

The benefits of implant treatment include appearance, the enhanced ability to chew and enjoy your food, and often protection of your remaining teeth and jawbone. Dental implants offer many benefits never before available for the treatment of missing teeth. In short, dental implants will look, feel and function like your real teeth.

How long will the treatment take?

Treatment time will vary depending on your unique situation. Nowadays it is often possible to get well functioning and esthetic looking teeth within a few days. In some cases it may be necessary to wait a longer time period before finishing the restoration in order to obtain an optimal result.

Will I ever be without my teeth?

This depends on your situation. Most patients can leave the office wearing some type of temporary prosthesis.

How much will it cost?

The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. It is important for you to know that you do not necessarily need an implant for each missing root. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a thorough examination of your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, we will recommend the treatment that is best for you and what your investment would be for the procedure. It is always best to visit us and then only we can actually arrive to a treatment plan best suitable for you.

How long do implants last?

Dental bridges supported by implants from Biohorizons/ Noble Implant system have been shown to last over 15 years in 90% of cases. We have every indication that they will last for much longer. Most patients can expect them to last a life time. The first patient received his dental implants more than 30 years ago and they are still functioning today.

Is it important to take care of the implants after the treatment is completed?

Yes! Maintaining care of the implants will help to assure the long-term success of your treatment. You will be responsible for daily plaque removal, which can be accomplished through brushing and flossing around your restoration. Now we also give waterpiks to maintain good hygeine around the implants . Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to properly care for your implants. You must visit your dentist at least once a year for maintenance appointments.

How long have implants been done?

Implants are not new to the dental field. Prof. Brånemark started his research in the early 50's and has revolutionized implants as we know them today. Prof. Brånemark placed his first osseointegrated implant in a patient in 1965, after many years of preclinical studies.

What do dental implants offer over conventional dental treatment?

Increase in bone anchored support: When a tooth is lost it is best to replace it with a non-removable replacement as soon as possible. For the replacement of a single tooth, a conventional Bridge is often very satisfactory. However when more than one tooth needs to be replaced, the problem of decreased support enters the picture, in conjunction with decreased chewing efficiency. The Bridge will replace the missing teeth, however, due to the increased loss of root support, it will not restore the chewing efficiency, on the contrary, when the patient is trying to apply the same force onto the Bridge, the abutment teeth may suffer biomechanic overload. Bone anchored fixtures (implants) will compensate to a great degree for the lost root support and thus restoring chewing efficiency to a greater degree.As a comparison, a patient with all teeth in place will have 100 percent chewing efficiency. If the very same patient lost all of his or her teeth and was provided with a properly fitted upper and lower denture on an adequate ridge, the chewing efficiency would only be between fifteen and eighteen percent. With bone anchored implants and a fixed Prosthesis that same person may recover around 85 percent of his or her original chewing efficiency.

Prevent bone resorption: There is a strong relationship between teeth in function and preservation of alveolar bone. If a person maintains his or her teeth well periodontally and is free of any systemic diseases, the alveolar- or ridge bone will be maintained as a response to the load it is subjected to during normal function (chewing). However, when teeth are lost, the alveolar bone will undergo atrophy in the areas where teeth are missing as a response to the lack of direct load. Again, a Bridge will only supply a marginal amount of load to the underlying bone and even less so a Removable Partial Denture or a Full Denture. A bone anchored fixture or implant, on the other hand, will transfer the chewing force directly to the surrounding bone and maintain its volume.

Maintain healthy teeth: Even in some single tooth situations an implant can offer advantages. If teeth adjacent to a toothless area are perfectly healthy and have no fillings, it would be to the patients advantage to leave them unprepared and deal with the replacement prosthesis as a separate unit, instead of a Bridge, which requires the two adjacent teeth to be shaven down for. Furthermore, especially in the front part of the mouth (the Smile Line), a single tooth implant restoration may offer better long term esthetics.

How successful are implants?

There are many variables to be considered when placing implants. First, the patient must be in good health. Systemic problems such as uncontrolled diabetes or habits such as heavy smoking will translate into inconsistent healing and could complicate the procedure. Second, a proper diagnosis must be made and the proper implant placement procedure must be selected for the individual patient in reference to the final prosthetic result. Third, the implant must be treated properly by the patient and the doctor. Under favorable conditions, success rates vary from 90% to 98% across most published studies.

Is age a deterrent to implant treatment?

Age is not a deterrent to implant treatment. Health is the determining factor. Many people seventy and eighty years of age are better surgical candidates than someone who is years younger with physical or systemic complications. There is really no preferred age for a hip replacement or a coronary artery bypass. As long as a person is in good health and is important to someone, including him- or herself, one should strive to improve the quality of one's life. For a matter of fact we take pride in giving implants to three patients who were more than 90 years old.

Is Osteoporosis a deterrent to dental implants?

Although the prevalence of osteoporosis increases among the elderly and after menopause, the results of several studies indicate that implant failure rate is not correlated with osteoporosis in patients.

How many implants do I need?

This question is not always easy to answer. A general rule of thumb is to replace each tooth with one implant, however sometimes we are not that lucky, because there are anatomical or financial limitations, we have to compromise somewhat. We usually recommend at least one implant for each tooth lost, however this can change depending on the individual situation and what type of restoration the patient wants.

For instance, if the patient has no teeth and wants basically only his or her lower denture to be more stable, but essentially keep the lower denture as the prosthesis of choice, we might get away with only two implants. Generally, the more implants placed, the more stable the prosthesis and the better the long-term prognosis the implants will be.

Does it hurt to have dental implants placed?

This question is difficult to answer, in view of people's different pain tolerance levels and the complexity of the procedure itself. For a straightforward situation (single tooth implant without any Bone Grafting), most patients reported very mild post-operative pain. Almost all patients considered a simple extraction a lot more painful post-operatively, than an implant placement. During the surgery, there should be no pain due to the prior administration of local anesthetic agents.

What about the cost factor?

Implant procedures, which vary in complexity and extent, depending on the patient's dental condition and requirements, can involve a significant investment. A survey of 350 patients after completion of their implant treatment abroad has revealed that not only was it worth the investment, but they would happily do it again.

Oral rehabilitation involving dental implants is generally considered an expensive procedure, especially as the number of implants increases. However, the benefit of having chewing efficiency restored, preserving alveolar bone and not having to prepare sometimes-healthy teeth for a Bridge should be well worth the expense.

Dental Implants are very cheap in India compared to America ,Australia, United Kingdom, Middle east, South East and Europe and we in india completely match their Lab facilities . There are many websites showing comparision in prices and in India it is almost one fourth of the price one ends up paying in the above mentioned countries.

Are implants covered by insurances?

Generally, the great majority of dental or medical insurances do not cover oral implants yet, although last year there were isolated insurances that covered certain modalities of implant reconstruction. Sometimes, certain medical insurances cover a portion of the surgical cost and implants if the patients loose or fracture their teeth in accidents.

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