Articles on implant

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. 

5 Faqs Immediately After Dental Implant Procedure

Dr. Kamlesh Kothari, Dentist
Dental implants have become main stream and many are getting this done routinely. In my 15 years experience , these are the  5 commonly asked  questions that i have encountered1) What/When can I eat ? Can I brush over the implant area? Generally you can eat a soft diet (like porridge / bread / khichdi / idly / banana, etc.) on the same day of the procedure (generally 2 hours later). Care should be taken to avoid hot food. Room temperature or cold is preferred. Cold ice packs from the outside (on the cheek) corresponding to the area of the implanted tooth helps. One must avoid eating crispy foods for 10 days at least ( Toasts / pani puri / bhujia, etc.) as these can get lodged between the newly placed implant and the gum and cause infection. One must brush and use a mouth wash after implant placement. Care should be taken to avoid scrubbing the implant area hard . At most, a gentle stroke or firm finger massaging over the implant is desirable . 2) Can I smoke / drink after an implant? One must avoid smoking and drinking for 24-48 hours after implant placement. Studies have conclusively proven that smokers have a higher risk of poor bone healing and subsequent poor implant integration into bone . The best advice i can give is to quit completely.3) When can I resume office / exercise?Most of the procedures in implantology are simplified today and one can join work the same day or next and rest days are rarely required. This would depend on the severity and type of procedure performed and your doctor is the best judge for this. Vigorous exercise / high intensity sports is generally not recommended for 3 days at least.Dental implant takes 4-6 months ( 4 months for the lower jaw and 6 months for the upper jaw) to integrate into your body.4) Can I travel?Generally speaking , the doctor should see the patient in a couple of days after the procedure for a routine check up, but if one must travel, then a window period of 24-48 hours is recommended. Emergency travel is OK as there is absolute no contraindication to travel after treatment. 5) When can I resume regular sex life?Right away! While one can continue a normal sex life but oral related activities can be uncomfortable for about 3-7  days as well as risky as the healing areas in the mouth have a high risk of infection during this period.

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's the Minimum Age for a Dental Implant ?

Dr. Kamlesh Kothari, Dentist
Dental implant procedures are one of the most popular dental procedures available in the recent times. There are several benefits of dental implants for people who have one, few or all teeth missing. There are many factors which contribute in deciding the requirement and thereby the success of the dental implants. This includes :Type of dental prosthesis to be usedOral hygiene of the patientDaily habits of the patientsAgeGender Therefore, it is important to choose the criteria to perform the relevant treatment at the right point of time in order to get the best results.Age is an important factor which contributes to a great extent to the success of the dental implants. With age, there is lot of bone resorption occurring in the mouth which determines  the success in the insertion of the implant as well as the functioning of the implants. Minimum age : Dental implants are recommended in children with untimely loss of teeth once they have crossed puberty so that they have completed the basic growth of the jaw bones. If implant treatments are done in the growing jawbones, then research says that the particular implants can interrupt in the natural growth of the jawbone thus leading to major changes in the jawbone.The growth of the jaw continues till 18 or 20 in many of the cases and therefore it is recommended to start the treatment in the people with missing teeth at earliest 18-20 years of age .  In some cases, this can be as low as 16 years. Since every individual is different, it is best left upto the doctor to determine feasibility of placing implants below 20 years of age . Growth assessment can be done by various tests that would indicate active growth/ completion of growth .Maximum age : Dental implants procedures are done successfully in the elderly patients. For this, it always to the adult and elderly patients to get the bone amount present for the dental implant procedure, so that the treatment done can ensure success.There is no such specific maximum age till which dental implant procedures can be done. Any individual can get dental implant procedure done as long as the doctors considers his physical fitness good enough to undergo this simple procedure.  Any elderly patient who is aesthetically concerned about their smile can get the dental implants placed in the missing teeth area. Patients as high at 90 years have also undergone this treatment without any complication. As a matter of fact , majority of the patients are over 65 years of age. Thus, dental implants are a great choice for any individual once the above points are noted and followed.

Misconcepts of Patients Towards Dental Implants

Dr. Kishor V.Selukar, Dentist
When you lose one or more adult teeth it can cause a chain reaction of issues in your mouth. The loss of the tooth causes your gum tissue and jawbone to respond by retracting or shrinking. It causes your remaining teeth to shift and this causes misalignment of your bite. That can lead to dental and jaw pain and of course the loss of any tooth is cosmetically unappealing. No one wants to smile with big gaps and empty spaces in their mouth.While this is a wonderful and amazing technology, there are still some myths and misconceptions that surround the use of dental implants. We want to go over the five biggest misconceptions about dental implants to enable our patients to move forward confidently with this beneficial solution.Myth: It is incredibly painful. This just is not so. It is very important to know that the local anesthetic used for dental implants is the exact same one we use for fillings and root canals. If you are upset at the idea of this surgical treatment, we can also give you a sedative that will relax and calm you. There will be some soreness as you recover, but it is mild enough to be treated with over the counter pain relievers.Myth: It will require you to live with missing teeth for months. While it is true that the bonding of the implant to the jaw can take up to six months, you are given a temporary crown that serves as a functional and cosmetic tooth during that time. This is one of the myths that you must ignore as there is no truth to it.Myth: They are rarely successful. It is easy to understand how this myth about dental implants began. In the very earliest days of the technology, which is decades old, there were some failures. Today, however, the success rate for dental implants exceeds 90%!Myth: Insurances do not cover them. This is another of the myths that is easy to understand. While the process may not be entirely covered by an insurance policy,You just have to focus on feedback of treatment and your satisfaction is most important. It will benefit you long time in your life, don't bother about non-insurance, you will get excellent payment options .Myth: They can cause pressure or damage to the sinuses or jaws. With the advent of remarkably accurate x-rays and scans, there is no risk for such problems. Complications are possible in any sort of procedure, but one of the biggest misconceptions about dental implants is that they can easily cause such issues.Myth: It will harm more in future. Lastly I would like to say an implants are the miracle in dentistry which offers you replacement of your missing tooth with more conservative manner, with less or neglegible harm to you.

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.

Having a Dental Implant Placed Is So Much More Comfortable

Dr. Himani Sanwaria, Dentist
“Sometimes I wonder why people spend their lives with missing teeth when a wonderful painless missing tooth replacement option- Dental Implant is available.”One day, during one of the many times I was working with Professor in Gurgaon, I asked him this question, and asked if the people in Gurgaon Sector 22  reported their painless experience with dental implants. He said yes, they did. Which prompted me to ask why? He said initially it may be a problem with semantics. The way things are described. He said that when people talk about extracting teeth, they just say having a tooth “removed." As if it were as simple as having a hair cut. He went on to say that this is not the case, if we think of it from a medical perspective. He said when we extract a tooth we are performing a procedure in which we remove a part of the human body which was not intended to come out, or off. The tooth is torn from its bony housing as the ligament which attaches the root to the bone is ripped apart. An amputation is far more “violent” than “Just remove a tooth,” as if the process was merely as simple as pressing the delete button on a keyboard. Alternatively, he went on to say, a dental implant must be inserted into the bone gently. Not violently. And if done so, gently, the bone will grow onto the surface of the dental implant, over a period of weeks.So, are dental implants painless? Of course yes!Placement of dental implants into the jaw bone is relatively pain-free as the procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia. Ample time is given to the bone and the gums to heal before an abutment and restoration is placed after few months. Once stable, the implant is uncovered and a restoration often referred to as a crown is placed on top. Since the healing is completed, crown placement is again a painless part of dental implant procedure. In a number of cases, a temporary crown is placed on dental implant on the very first day of surgery. Today’s modern dental implant treatment plans can replace everything from a single missing tooth to a completely missing arch, and that too painlessly. With painless dental implants you can enjoy foods you love. Dental Implants are the only proven painless procedure to prevent bone loss after the natural teeth is lost. Dental Implants look much better and feel better, and apply the same force for chewing as natural teeth. So, pain should not be a matter of concern while taking a decision to get a dental implant placed. Some discomfort can be expected during recovery and that’s why I do prescribe pain relief medication, but most of my patients reported that they did not require any pill and this left a grin on my face.

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.