Articles on dental implants

Eye Opening Facts About Dental Implants

Dr. Ratnika Agarwal, Dentist
Dental implants tend to be far more durable than other tooth replacement devices, like dental bridges and dentures. In fact, implants can last for a lifetime if the conditions are appropriate to support implant placement and the patient takes good care of the implants after they have been placed. But it is important to remember that, just like any other surgical procedure, there are no guarantees to extended long-term results.Initially, there must be adequate bone to support osseointegration in order for the patient to have long-term dental implant success. After the oral surgery in which the dental implants are placed, the surrounding bone forms a bond with the implant’s titanium surface. That process renders the implant a fixture in the mouth and gives the implant its durability.However, if there is not enough bone to form a strong bond, the implant can fail. If you have already lost a fair amount of bone at the implant site, we at Smile Up Dental Care & Implant Center determine that you are not an immediate candidate for implant placement.In these cases, an additional oral surgery procedure can be performed to graft bone into the implant site to give the patient enough bone material to qualify for implant placement.After the patient has healed sufficiently from that bone graft, the oral surgeon at Smile Up Dental Care & Implant Center can then move forward with placing the dental implants in the jaw.Successful osseointegration is not the only factor in dental implant longevity, however. If gum disease develops at some point and advances, it can attack the bone, putting the stability of an implant at risk. This is why it is so important for patients to keep up good oral hygiene habits at home and continue to follow up with a dentist for routine care. Preventing gum disease can also help you to maximize the lifespan of your dental implants.One of the characteristics that makes dental implants increasingly popular is their durability. These devices can last for decades if you take good care of them. 

Why Dental Implants ?

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?Implants are artificial tooth roots (screws), made of pure titanium or titanium-alloy, which are inserted (anchored) into the jaw, where they perform the function of the natural tooth that has been lost.WHERE IT CAN BE PLACED? It can be placed wherever teeth are missing. It can be for a single tooth , multiple teeth by an implant supported partial or full arch fixed bridge, all teeth replaced with a implant supported removable overdenture.HOW IMPLANTS CAN BE DONE? The first stage is a surgical phase which involves the placement of the titanium implant in the jaw bone. This is followed by a healing resting phase of 3-6 months.What is a dental implant made of?Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body and serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Your natural bone locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant.The second stage is the restorative/prosthetic phase, where the tooth is placed over the anchored implant using it as a support/pillar.WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANTS OVER OTHER TOOTH REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES?Implants are better than a fixed bridge, as it preserves the adjacent teeth from unnecessary grinding.It gives more confidence during eating and smiling as it gives the effect of emerging from the jaw as a natural tooth.Implants with overdenture are better as it gives more stability.It also helps in preserving the underlying bone and maintains the function of the overlying musculature.What type of maintenance do dental implants require?Implant crowns and other prosthetic (false) tooth replacements are made to be remarkably failsafe systems. They are removable and replaceable (only by your dentist), so that if damage or wear necessitates replacement, this can be accomplished without affecting the implant(s) or attachment to the bone.Nevertheless, implants do require maintenance. It is important to practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing to control bacterial biofilm. It is also important to see your dentist and dental hygienist. Special instruments are necessary to clean dental implants that will not damage their metal surface beneath the gum tissues. Your dentist will need to monitor your implants to make sure the integrity of the osseointegration is stable, and that the implant crowns, bridgework or dentures are functioning adequately.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dr Vimanyu Kataria, Dentist
What are Dental Implants? Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.How do Dental Implants Work?Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, and most insurance carriers typically cover less than 10 percent of the fees.The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Dr. Revath Vyas Devulapalli, Dentist
Tooth loss at any age can be a traumatic experience. Perhaps you had severe decay at an early age and lost your teeth to extractions. Or, you lost teeth due to injury from a fall or related to sports. You may have developed complications with a root canal tooth, and it couldn’t be saved. Or, you developed an abscess or gum disease that resulted in extractions. Maybe your tooth just never developed and it has always been missing. Treatment approaches can vary from doing nothing to conventional bridges, to modern dental implants. Some people seek immediate treatment while others wait. Patients should first consider what their motivations are for replacing teeth.If left untreated, You may now notice gradual shifting of your teeth and emergence of new problems. If they are front teeth, it may also cause social hindrance because of missing teeth, which in turn effects beauty of your smile. If they are back teeth, you may not be able to chew properly and may not eat your favorite foods and lead a healthy life.A bridge requires the cutting down of healthy adjacent teeth. Disadvantages of bridges:Bridges compromise the long-term health of adjacent teeth by removing the enamel and placing additional forces on them.Bridges are difficult to clean, and the teeth are susceptible to decay, root canals and gum problems.When bridges fail, additional teeth are often affected, and more extensive treatment is usually necessary.Dental implants are made up of bio compatible & Bone friendly Titanium alloys. They clearly offer the best replacement option in today’s dentistry because of their unique property of natural healing and osseointegration. Any age limits for Dental implants?Dental implants should not be done until a patient has completed their growth, typically age 16 to 17 in females and 18 to 21 in males. Some older patients fear their jaw bone is too weak. The fact is, dental implants areequally successful and have excellent prognosis. No one is too old for dental implants, and for many, improvement in chewing and aesthetics adds confidence and quality to their lives.Benefits of Dental ImplantsAdjacent teeth are not compromised to replace missing teeth.The mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state.Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures.Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more like natural teeth.Convenient oral hygieneRestored self-esteem and renewed self-confidenceImproved ability to chew and taste foods

8 Benefits of Dental Implants

Dr. Kamlesh Kothari, Dentist
 The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. A smile creates happiness at home, fosters good will in business and is the countersign of friendship. Investing in a good bite and a pleasing smile is the need of modern healthy life. A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the bone around the root of the missing tooth gradually recedes causing poor tooth alignment and an aged look. Dental implants prevent this loss of bone and shifting of teeth, maintaining the facial structure and prevent the collapsed look of the face – usually seen in old age. Alternate options of missing teeth replacement are fraught with problems. A dental bridge requires grinding of the enamel (the hardest substance in the body) which weakens otherwise healthy teeth. Till implants were invented, millions of people had to endure removable dentures with a host of problems like loose fit, pain, falling out of dentures while eating, talking or sneezing. Many denture wearers become social recluses due to embarrassment of ill-fitting dentures. But today the solution is fast and easy; it takes only a few hours to get rid of problems you have been dealing for years. The benefits of Dental Implants:Appearance – Dental implants are a permanent solution that look and feel natural, like your own teeth. The mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state. By replacing the entire tooth, including the root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth, with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. In addition, nothing in the mouth looks, or feels artificial.Comfort – Removable dentures can irritate your gums. Implants are pain free. Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures. By preventing the bone restoration that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, the facial structures remain intact. This is particularly important when all of the teeth are missing, as the lower one-third of the face collapses if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.Durability – Implants are durable and will last many years – a lifetime with good care. Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures. By preventing the bone restoration that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, the facial structures remain intact. This is particularly important when all of the teeth are missing, as the lower one-third of the face collapses if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.Self-esteem – Dental implants allow you to smile with confidence, knowing your teeth look great. Restored self-esteem and renewed self-confidence. Many of the people who now enjoy the benefits of implant supported replacement teeth state that their self-esteem and self-confidence have been restored as a result of improved appearance, function, comfort, and health.Your Smile – Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more like natural teeth. Even when only one tooth is missing, long term aesthetics are usually much better with an implant supported replacement tooth than with a traditional tooth supported bridge. This is particularly important in the front of your mouth, where preventing a visible bone defect is critical for natural appearance.Convenience – Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of dentures. No more removing, cleaning, or using messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.Speech – Ill-fitting dentures can slip and make speech difficult. Dental implants are secure, ensuring clear speech.Eating – Chewing can be difficult with dentures. Dental implants let you eat without worries.Oral health – Unlike a tooth-supported bridge, dental implants don’t require altering your other teeth. This leaves more of your own teeth intact, which improves your long-term oral health. Dental implants also help prevent bone loss and tooth migration, keeping your other teeth where they should be. It is much easier to care for an implant supported crown, which can be cleaned like a natural tooth. In comparison, a tooth supported bridge requires the use of floss threaded for proper cleaning. It is also more convenient to clean a full set of implant supported replacement teeth than a traditional denture.

Dental Implants - Safe & Sound

Dr. Vishal Jain, Dentist
Dental implants are often the best treatment for missing teeth. When a damaged or decayed tooth is removed, both the visible part of the tooth, called the crown, and the root are lost.A dental implant is placed in the jawbone so that it can fuse with your natural bone and become a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They will allow you to confidently eat, smile, laugh, talk, play and enjoy all of your regular activities of everyday life without thinking about your teeth.Dental implant patients are all ages, and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one, multiple, or even all of their teeth due to injury, defects, disease or decay.Benefits of Dental Implants:-Next best thing to healthy, natural teeth.Built to last. Dental implants are a long-term solution.Retain your natural face shape, and smile.Protect healthy bone.Keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup(like in denture case).More predictable than other repair and restoration methods.Protect your healthy teeth.Look Mom, no cavities!Keep teeth in place – silently.Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and maintain regular dental cleanings and check-ups, as scheduled. Dental Implants are very safe and easy procedure, one should not have any misconception in mind about it. For consultation and guidance about Dental Implants, please visit our website i.e- Or walk into our clinic i.e Dr Jain’s Vitaldent Advanced Dental Clinic, sector 46, Faridabad.

The Process of Getting Dental Implants

Dr. N Srinivas, Dentist
Implant treatment step by step:Implant treatment can be immediate or take several months depending on your situation.Following are the basic phases and steps of treatment.Pre surgical phase:Your mouth is examined thoroughly, and x rays of your head, jaw, and teeth may be taken.Today many dentist use a CT scan which provides the dentist with a 3-D look at the site where  the implant will be placed.This can help the dentist to plan where the implant will be placed into your bone with great precision.Impressions of your teeth are made.Occasionally, blood tests as well as a medical examination may be required prior to implant placement to determine your overall health status and predict the success of treatment.Surgical phase:This can be done with a local anaesthetic. An incision is made in the gum, the implant is placed, and the gum tissue is stitched back into place.Following surgery, you'll probably experience some swelling and discolouration of the gums as well as some discomfort, which can be relieved with medication.Within few days, the gum should return to normal.To allow the implants to heal properly, a soft diet is recommended for 4-6 weeks.The second stage is usually performed 2-6 months in which dentist make an incision in gums to expose the implants, and connects the abutments to implants.The gums are stitched into place and a temporary restoration placed on the abutment.Impressions may be made so that the dentist knows where to position your new teeth.Post surgical phase:About a month later, your new teeth are fitted.Several checkups are scheduled during the following year so your dentist can ensure that your implants are functioning properly. After that, you'll  need regular maintenance checkups. Followup x rays are taken regularly.

Dentures or Implants: Which one is better?

Dr. Kamlesh Kothari, Dentist
In today’s time, various options have come up for the individuals who have lost one or more number of teeth and want to get them replaced with aesthetically appreciating artificial teeth. Removable partial is one of the quickest and affordable options for most of the patients who want to get a prosthesis for the missing teeth. Here are some of the important reasons because of which the removable dentures are not recommended in the patients.Bone Loss: Removable dentures are usually prepared after the healing of the alveolar ridge is completed in the patients after the extraction or loss of the teeth. Along with the healing of the ridge, there is also significant bone loss which can be seen in the intra-oral radiographs taken for the respective tooth. If the removable partial denture is used over this, it will lead to excess pressure on the ridge which causes further bone loss and resorption of the ridge.Discomfort:Most of the patients who get removable partial dentures made for themselves have discomfort in using the dentures for a variable period of time depending on the adaptability and stability of the dentures on the ridge. Many patients complain of the unstable dentures and movement of the dentures at the time of eating. This makes the patient to provide extra care for the dentures while chewing and swallowing to prevent any further discomfort.Gum Inflammation:Removable partial dentures settle on the ridges of the patients. The plaque is deposited with time and this leads to more chances of the respective ridge to get inflamed and this causes denture stomatitis in the patients.Poor Aesthetics: The removable partial dentures are attached to the adjacent with the adjacent teeth with the help of the tissue biocompatible clasps. The wires are visible which comprises in terms of looks and aesthetics.Lack of confidence:Most of the patients hesitate to smile with full confidence in the presence of the removable partial dentures as they fear that the dentures will come out if they do not control their mouth movements. This makes the patients restrict the functioning of the mouth till they gain confidence.Trauma:Many cases of trauma can be seen in the patients who have got the removable partial dentures made. When the partial dentures are not designed properly then the trauma can occur in the patients. This is usually caused to the gums and also leads to abrasion of the adjacent teeth by the wrong placement of the clasps of the partial dentures.Bite Problems:Bite problems of the removable partial dentures are quite common. This occurs due to the wrong recording of the occlusion of the patient. In the case of bite problems, the premature contact occurs in the patients in the area where the denture has been placed. This eventually leads to excess pressure on the temporomandibular joint thus causing TMJ and facial pain.These are some of the reasons because of which removable partial dentures are not recommended in today's time when there are much better aesthetic and functional options like dental implants.

The Cost of Dental Implants vs Infection & Missing Teeth

Dr. Abhilash Pasare, Dentist
Dental implants are not cheap, but they’re far more affordable than the price of missing or infected teeth. The fact is that pressing on with missing and/or infected teeth can lead to serious, systemic health issues that are not only crippling financially, but also devastating to your physical well-being.THE COST OF MISSING TEETHOne of the most important functions performed by natural teeth is one that goes unseen: the stimulation of your bone and gum tissue. When an area of bone and gum tissue lacks a tooth root, it is no longer used being used as it’s intended to be. As a result, the area will deteriorate from lack of use, which can lead to bone loss, premature aging, and gum disease. Because dental implants act as natural tooth roots, aiding the form and function of your bone and gums, the benefits they can provide for your long-term health cannot be overestimated.THE COST OF LOOSE AND INFECTED TEETHWhen mature, natural teeth become loose, that means there is a major problem in the bone and/or gums, and that problem is almost always infection. Infected teeth are dangerous, not just to your oral health, but to your overall health as well.Oral infection can lead to major systemic diseases that include, but are not limited to:• Stroke• Heart attack• Aspiration pneumonia• Liver infection• Brain Kidney and Bone infection• Hardening of the arteries• Complications with diabetes• MeningitisThe toll these issues can take on your body and quality of life are immeasurable, and the cost of the medical care necessary to deal with the above problems can be nothing short of catastrophic. Therefore, it’s very important that infected teeth be removed and, as previously mentioned, that the function of your mouth also be restored. Dental implants cannot decay, and they can therefore greatly reduce the risks of oral infection.WHAT IS YOUR SMILE WORTH?While avoiding the health risks of missing and infected teeth is more than enough reason to choose dental implants, the price of your confidence when smiling and your ability to chew properly are priceless. Dental implants are simply the most comprehensive and effective method in dentistry for giving you new teeth and restoring the quality of your oral health.DON’T PUT IT OFF – SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION TODAYYour oral health is immensely important. Don’t put it on the back burner. Our Dental Implant centre offers affordable implants and our all-in-one-place process lowers the cost of dental implants and saves you invaluable time and convenience. Call us today to schedule your appointment for consultation and take the next step towards restoring your oral health.