Dental Implants are artificial screw like devices used to replace missing teeth. Implants come in many different size and shapes and they are placed into the bone to act as support for an artificial crown. These are the most modern method of replacing missing teeth. They are made of titanium.
→ Feels like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are a one-time procedure.
Studies indicate average life span of an implant is more
than 25 years!! It is as good as replacing your natural tooth
→ Improved speech.
→ Excellent Value for investment.
→ You can enjoy all the food that you like without any hesitation.
→ Improved self-esteem.
No need for removable dentures that must be removed every night and stored in water.
When it comes to replacement of teeth with implants, there are hundreds of possible situations, each requiring a customized solution. Whether it is the extent and quality of the bone, the relation of jaws, number of implants to be placed, time constraints or budget,
Implants are categorized into 3 types, based on the time required :
A) Single stage implants: The latest in dental implant technology, this involves completion of the entire procedure, in one stage of approximately two weeks.
B) Two stage implants: The procedure is carried out in two stages spread over a minimum interval of 4-5 months.
Placing the Implant
Involves the placement of specific size and shape implants at strategic locations in the mouth. This is performed under local anaesthesia and the entire procedure takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
The healing process takes two to three months but varies from patient to patient. This is the amount of time it usually takes for the implant to become part of the jaw.
Attaching the Abutment
Abutment is attached to the implant post. Now a days zirconia abutment is also available that can provide translucency similar to a natural tooth.
Crown Placement After impressions are taken, a crown is made in the lab which is shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then placed over the post and cemented.
The Completed Implant The final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.
C) Immediate implants : This is a specialized technique, allowing teeth to be replaced in a single day. Most cases are eligible for this technique; however, pre-treatment investigations are required to confirm this
This is a cost effective alternative where four implants are used to provide support for your denture. Mostly used where patient do not want to opt for full mouth implants and crowns.