Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, which are surgically placed into the jaw bone by the dental surgeon to serve as replacement of teeth. On the top of these surgically placed Dental Implants, artificial teeth, crowns, bridges or dentures, which may be fixed or removable, are attached. Dental implants are an ideal replacement of permanent teeth lost due to dental disease, an injury or some other reason.
In case of traditional teeth replacement , healthy teeth adjacent to the missing ones, are cut down to prepare them for support of a bridge to hold the artificial tooth/ teeth and fill the gap, created by one or more missing teeth. With the advent of time, either due to normal process of wear and tear or a dental disease, if any of the adjacent teeth fails (which happens more often than not), it takes the other teeth with it. This gives rise to many resultant problems in addition to loss of more teeth than were restored. Dental Implants solve this problem and provide the teeth, which last longer and are as good as natural ones.
When Dental Implants are the best option
- When a person, who has missing tooth/ teeth, wants a fixed/ definitive tooth/ teeth replacement solution with the biting and chewing capabilities as good as those provided by the natural teeth.
- When a person wants to regain his/ her original facial look i.e. the facial look as he/ she had before the tooth/ teeth loss.
- When a person wants to stop shrinking of jaw bone and distortion of his/ her facial look, which takes place after teeth loss unless remedial measures are taken.
- When a person wants to regain his/ her natural smile, which he/ she had lost as a result of tooth/ teeth loss.
- When one can afford the cost of Dental Implants, which invariably is slight higher than that of the traditional teeth replacement options.
When do we need Implants?
- Replacement for small bridges
- Permanent alternative to removable partial dentures
- For missing single tooth
Implants a superior dental replacement?
While dentures and removable bridges are loose and unstable. Implants and functional, solid and have aesthetic value
Success rate after an implant?
- 98-100% in the front part of the lower jaw.
- 90-95% in the front part of the upper jaw.
- 85-90% in the back part of the upper and lower jaw.
- In the other regions of the mouth – figures vary considerably.
Is the dental implants procedure painful?
The actual procedure to surgically place a dental implant is done under local anaesthesia and is generally not at all painful.