Monday, September 17, 2012


For many years the options we had to replace a missing tooth were dentures and bridges. But today with the help of research and advanced technology we have an improved treatment option, the dental implants.           

What are Dental Implants?
  • Dental implant is an artificial tooth root which resembles the root of a tooth secured into the jawbone through a surgical procedure to replace a missing tooth or teeth. 
  • They are generally titanium screws which are bio compatible with the bone.
  • Dental implants are used to support the crowns and bridges, dentures. 

Who can get Dental Implants?                   
  • Any healthy person who has a missing tooth or teeth is a ideal person for a dental implant.
  • There must be enough strong bone to support and hold the implant in position.
  • Best candidates for implant will have healthy gums and periodontal tissues.
  • However there are certain medical conditions which affect the success rate of dental implants such as diabetes, cancer, gum disease, smoking.  It is very important to let your dentist know about your detailed medical history.
  • Prior to the surgery a detailed assessment of the overall bone and gum health is evaluated. A full mouth x-ray is taken to evaluate the shape and dimensions of the bone so as to properly orient the implant.

How is a dental Implant placed? 
  • Local anesthesia is given prior to the procedure. An incision is made over the gums at the site where the implant is to be placed. Then the gum flaps are elevated. Dental implants are secured into the bone by drilling into the bone using precision drills with regulated speed. Care is taken to avoid any damage to the vital structures.
  •  The amount of time required for the healing is ideally 4-6 months during which the bone is formed around the implant and the implant fuses with the surrounding bone.
  •  Bone grafting may be required prior to placing the implant if there is insufficient bone.
  •  Once the dental implant bonds with the jawbone, a small connector post called abutment is attached to the implant to hold the new tooth. To fabricate a new tooth, impression of your teeth are made and sent to the dental lab where your new tooth is fabricated and this new tooth or crown is then attached to the abutment.  It is the similar procedure if multiple teeth need to be replaced.

Success of Dental Implant
  • Success of dental implant is mainly related to the operative skills, health of bone at the site and patient’s oral hygiene
  •  Maintenance is one of the crucial factors for the success of implant. It is important to maintain a proper and healthy oral hygiene by proper brushing and flossing. Visit your dentist regularly to monitor your implant and bone health.

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