What Is Dental Implant?
With the boom in implant dentistry . All we hear is an implant.
Implants are the metallic( titanium) screw placed in your jaw bone via surgery (like any other orthopedic surgeries) and then on the top of it a tooth will be screwed in order to replace a missing tooth/teeth.
So the part inside your bone will work as root part of the tooth and not only its going to fuse (ossteointigration) with your bone but also preserve your jaw bone like a teeth.
With implant you get a missing tooth without touching any of your adjacent teeth unlike a traditional dental bridge. in which we need to prepare the adjacent teeth to receive the cap.
Implant is a best solution for any recently lost tooth( with in a year time) as the bone is also in good health.
Advantage Of Dental Implants
- Replaces the missing tooth with out touching adjacent teeth.
- Improves over all functions of appearance, speech and eating.
- Also better oral hygiene as not touching any of the adjacent teeth.
Type Of Implants
If you have one missing tooth or multiple that are not adjacent to each other, then a single tooth dental implant may be your best option.
Unlike other restorations, a single tooth dental implant replaces your entire missing tooth from root to crown.
If you have multiple missing teeth adjacent to each other, then this may not be your best option. Additionally, the next type of dental implant may save you money if you have multiple missing teeth.
If you are missing a majority or all of your teeth in an arch (upper or lower), then an implant-retained denture may be your best option.
When you have multiple missing teeth adjacent to each other, you may find your best option is an implant-supported bridge.
And if you are going for immediate implant ( under same anesthesia when your dentist remove a hopeless tooth and place the screw at the same time.) its save you from extra procedure.
We understand that you’re probably worried about getting dental implants. But the truth is that the procedure probably isn’t a bad as you’re imagining. Plus, we’ll make sure you’re as comfortable as possible the whole time. Here’s what to expect:
Removing the tooth: We remove your problem tooth (if there is one). Your specialist may do a bone graft if there isn’t enough bone left to place the implant.
Implanting: If there’s enough bone, we can do the implant right away. If not, you’ll need the bone graft to heal for about three months first. Placing the implant ─ a titanium metal screw that takes the place of a tooth’s root ─ doesn’t take long (about 15 to 20 minutes). You may feel some pressure, but typically no pain. The implant heals in about another three months.
Placing a temporary tooth: If needed, your specialist may decide to place a temporary tooth on top of the implant until your permanent, artificial tooth is ready.
Molding the tooth and sending it to a dental lab: Your specialist will take a mold of your tooth and send it to a dental lab, where your artificial tooth is made.
Placing the artificial tooth: When the artificial tooth is back from the lab, your specialist will place your new tooth on top of the implant.
After the procedure:
You’ll get an antibiotic (medicine to fight infection) to take after the procedure. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®), should help with any soreness. Your care team will recommend that you eat soft foods, not drink hot liquids and avoid hard exercise for a few days after surgery.
Here’s What You Can Expect With Your Dental Implant Appointment.
You will meet with one of our dental implant experts to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants (keep reading to find out what qualifies you as one). If so, a custom treatment plan will be create
The implant screw will be placed within your jawbone using surgical-guided technology. You should not feel pain during this procedure, and we will make sure you are comfortable throughout. The healing time for your implant screw to fuse with your bone is typically 3 to 4 months.
Once healed, your new custom-designed crown is connected to your post with an abutment. (attachment connecting your crown with the screw placed in your bone) Your new tooth will look and feel just like your surrounding teeth.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Many factors play role into it the majorities are below!
When a tooth is missing, the surrounding bone begins to deteriorate. You need a certain amount of bone present so the post can fuse with it. If you have been missing a tooth for a while, there may not be enough bone to perform dental implant surgery.
To determine this, we use a CBCT scanner. This modern technology gives us a 3D view of your mouth and jawbone so we can evaluate your bone quantity. If you have enough bone, we will move forward with your personalized treatment plan.
If you don’t have enough bone for dental implants, then we can often perform a bone grafting procedure. This procedure can help your body regenerate bone and tissue. When you have sufficient bone, you will be able to move forward with the surgery.
Dental implants are most successful if placed in adults who are done growing and developing.
If you or your child are too young, you may need to wait until your facial structure has developed. This is typically around the age of 16 for girls and 18 for boy
Like most surgeries, good general and oral health is required for dental implant surgery. If you suffer from certain conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, are a heavy smoker, or have gum disease ,then dental implants may not be viable.
Rest assured, our dentists will evaluate you on an individual basis and if necessary, will work with your physician to find a solution.
What Scan Are Needed Prior Implant Surgery ?
OPG and CBCT (3D ) is what generally needed to access the amount of bone and quality of bone required,also helps in accessing any closed vital nerve and blood supply and sinuses (air spaces).
also a general blood report showing your healthy state to undergo minor surgery.
Is It Painful To Have Dental Implant ?
Implants are done under anesthesia so no pain during procedure and afterwards as its a surgical procedure healing pain will be encountered which will be managed by medication prescribed by your dentist.
How Long It Last?
Dental implants have success rate of 97% and if maintained correctly can last a life time.
Special Precaution / Care Needed After Dental Implants?
There are no long-term restrictions with dental implants, although caution is needed until the bone is completely healed. When dental implants are successfully restored, it is important to avoid biting hard substances at first. Initially, a soft diet is best for the first two weeks; after that, you can slowly introduce harder foods. Rest assured, you will soon be able to enjoy all kinds of foods. There is no special way to clean dental implants. It is extremely important to brush and floss twice a day just like you would your natural teeth, and visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
do dental implant need to be replaced after certain time?
Generally no. if well balanced in your mouth it last a life time (10-25years)
how much does it cost and is it covered by the insurance ?
The cost depend on type of implant you required, if adequate bone is present or any added bone grafting if required.
Most insurance in Dubai do not cover dental implants. however you can any time ask your respective insurance and terms and condition applied.
what is better to save a natural tooth or implants?
Nothing is more better and powerful than what nature has provides us. so any time if the tooth is savable. Restorable choose natural tooth.
Implant Or RCT ?
Root Canal Treatment (RCT) if teeth is savable, restorable always choose more conservative natural tooth.
can implants crown can be whiten?
No it cant be whiten, only can be replaced with whiter ceramic shade.
can dental implants be moved with help of braces as it has root like natural tooth?
No, the dental implant do have root like structure but it lack periodontal ligaments (attachment between tooth and bone) which is needed for braces treatments.
what if i m allergic to dental implant?
Implants are made up of titanium. Which is quite a inert material and have every less chances or reported cases of allergy, however if you are the rare one, its not meant for you.
risk of implant surgeries?
like any other surgeries it has its own complication and risk associated with it, like paresthesia of mandible, sinus perforation ,infection ,bone necrosis, hematoma,and many more but careful treratment planning and skilled dentist will take care with minimal complications.