Dental Implants

What is the meaning of dental implant?

A dental implant is manmade replacement in place of the natural teeth which enables a person to have fixed teeth. Dental implants are usually made of Titanium, which is highly biocompatible and sterile. What category of dental transplant is suitable for a patient depends on the individual need and condition of the teeth.OPG, Dentascan and CBCT scan are used to aseess the nature and quantity of bone available to decide the type of implant.

Who are the candidates for dental implant?

The best candidates for dental implants are those in good oral health, with healthy gum tissue, free from periodontal disease, and sufficient underlying bone. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis and smoking habits need special scrutiny.

How much time is required?

Dental implant is a advanced procedure hence it takes time of say 4-8 months or even more depending upon the quality of the bone available. The dentist does provide temporary teeth during this period and the patient is never without teeth. Certain implants like BOI, BCS can be loaded immediately.

Is the treatment painful?

There is a little discomfort at the time of the procedure but patient sedation and anesthesia are used to reduce the discomfort. Most of the patients experience pain for 2-3 days after the implant surgery, during which patient can undergo routine work.

Are there any chances of rejection?

The body can reject soft tissue transplants i.e. kidney, lung, heart transplant but there is no rejection of dental implant by the body. There are chances of failure because of factors such as systemic diseases, medications and smoking habits. Dental implants use titanium material that is bio compatible i.e. it is compatible with the tissues of the body. Titanium is being widely used now days to replace parts of the body.

When can I resume work?

The patient experiences mild discomfort and swelling for 1-2 days after the surgery. The patient is advised not to do any strenuous exercise. Routine work can be resumed the next day after surgery.

What home care should I do after Treatment?

Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing, flossing and Chlohexidine mouthrinses are recomended periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.

What side effects one has to face without a dental implant?

  • When a person looses teeth the bones of the teeth also become thin and porous. The adjacent teeth become week and there is no support for partials, dentures and bridges. The tongue also enlarges as it accommodates the space of missing teeth.
  • The patient has to survive on soft food.
  • Bone loss results in numbness of lower lips and there are chances of jaw fracture.
  • Hence one should start the treatment at an early stage because the problem becomes more severe if the treatment is delayed.

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