Your missing teeth can weaken the neighbouring teeth too until they collapse. If you see a dentist soon after you lose your tooth, you can replace your missing tooth before they shift out of alignment.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants replace missing teeth roots and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look and feel and function like your natural teeth. They can be used to replace single tooth, several teeth or the entire set. This increases stability and comfort restoration of natural chewing ability.The implants are placed under local anaesthesia and sutures are placed after this. The implants are allowed to heal and once they are stabilised which usually takes 3-6 months, the final measurements are taken and the crown/bridge/denture is then fabricated and given to the patient.
Endosteal Dental Implants
The Endosteal implant is the most commonly used dental implant. These implants are fixed into the jaw bone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. It’s used for patients who cannot wear dentures or have insufficient bone height, also used an alternative for those with bridges or removable dentures.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
The Subperiosteal Implant is made of a metal frame that is fitted on top of the jawbone and just below the gum tissues. This metal frame has several metal posts, custom-made according to your needs. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums and allow to fix permanent dentures.
There are several stages involved in a Dental implant surgery. If the patient requires bone grafting, it will take 3-4 months for the bone to grow and support an implant. Recovery period after a dental implant surgery will vary from person to person. It also depends on the number of teeth affected and the patient’s health condition. The initial step to recovery will involve fusing of the implant to your jawbone. It is very important to maintain oral hygiene after surgery, so that the implants fuse properly with your jaw bone.
If you maintain proper oral hygiene, your dental implant will serve you for a lifetime
Anybody with damaged teeth or no teeth can be eligible for dental implants. After a thorough oral examination with the aid of X-Rays, your dentist will help you decide the best dental implant as per your oral condition.
No, Dentures are removable teeth replacements while Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into your jawbone that helps to fix a removable or fixed set of teeth. Implants are more natural and help preserve your jawbone. Dentures are less stable and move while chewing food
No, Dental implants looks and feels natural. Your dentist will match the color of the prosthetic teeth to your original teeth. In fact, only metal detectors or radiography can help in spotting the metal posts used for the artificial root in your jawbone. It is very much unnoticeable from the external appearance.
Dental implants are the best alternative to replace multiple damaged teeth easily, with just one implant. You don’t need an implant for every single tooth, A single implant can help fix many teeth. To replace the entire set of teeth on the top or the bottom with a permanent set of teeth, you just need four implants.
The cost of a dental implant itself ranges from Rs.25,000 – 40,000. The cost will vary depending on the type of implant used. There can be an additional procedure required like bone grafting before the Dental Implants surgery. After the surgery, fixing a replacement tooth/teeth may also have additional charges depending on the type used. After a proper consultation and radiographic examination, your dentist will determine the best implant for you and give you an estimated cost for the surgery.