Dental implants are fast becoming the new standard in tooth replacement. They are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from weak teeth, missing teeth or chronic dental problems. A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
Types of Implants
Benefits of Dental Implants
Your doctor will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine where and how the implant should be placed. The implant is then placed in the bone and given a period of time to heal (osseointegrate) before attachment of the crown. In some cases, you can receive a temporary crown the same day. The final crown is usually placed 3-6 months after implant placement. Maintaining your dental hygiene is the most important role you will have to play for the long-term success of your implant. The doctor will give you specific instructions for brushing and flossing the area and put you on a regular check-up cycle. given proper care, dental implants can give you a lifetime of satisfaction.
Candidates for Implants
Dental implants can be placed in most adults who are in good to moderate health. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may decrease the effectiveness of implant treatment, so be sure to discuss your full medical history with your doctor before beginning the treatment.
Every patient is different and patient results may vary. Only a trained dentist can determine the best treatment plan for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants - from one single tooth to a complete set.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn't healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Do implants hurt?
Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time but, just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. Sometimes your dentist might give you a sedative if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one. General anesthetics are rarely used for implants and are generally only used for very complicated cases.
How long does it take to place dental implants?
Usually 30 – 60 minutes, depending on the location and the number of implants.
How long does An implant last?
It should last lifelong if cared properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.
Do the implants show?
Most implants look exactly like natural teeth.
How much will it cost?
Cost of implants may vary based on the types of types of implants, the number of teeth requires implants etc.Average cost of dental implants in India is 10$ per teeth.