What are dental implants?
The closest you can get to healthy and natural teeth is by Dental Implants. They let you live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, kissing, talking and enjoying all your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth.
Implants are substitutes so think of them as artificial tooth roots, shaped almost like screws. When the implants are secured on your jawbone (A), they bond with your natural bone. They serve as a sturdy base for supporting one or multiple artificial teeth that are called crowns.
The abutment is a connector (B) is placed on top of the implant to hold and support your crowns. To match your natural teeth and fit into your mouth perfectly these crowns are custom-made (C).
Why choose Dental Implants?
Tooth-supported fixed bridge
Fixed bridges basically mean intentionally damaging your healthy adjacent teeth and use them to attach and support the bridge. However, the tooth-supported bridge does not stimulate any natural bone growth beneath it, so there are chances of bone deuteriation over time. Bridges, in general, fail after 5-10 years because of the difficulty patients face while flossing them, which makes the root
surfaces below and around the bridgework highly susceptible to decay.
Removable partial dentures
This doesn’t require grinding down of adjacent teeth but they’re not nearly as stable or comfortable as dental implants and it can also affect speech and eating. However, this type of restoration less expensive but it doesn’t look as natural or function as well as implant-supported crowns. There are chances of deterioration of the bone underneath the partial denture, that leads to changing of your
smile and face.
Removable complete denture
These dentures sit on top of the gums where the missing teeth were. These can be uncomfortable, hinder your ability to experience the full taste of food, cause sore gums and shift and click in your mouth when you speak, smile, eat, cough or yawn. While the primary costs are low, they only last on an average for 7-15 years and replacement costs can be significant over the long term. They require
regular cleaning, which can be a time-consuming hassle. Also, as with a partial denture, the natural bone underneath will deteriorate over time, permanently changing the appearance of your smile and face.
Types of Dental Implants
The two main types of Implants are:
Endosteal: They are placed in the jawbone. Typically, it is made of titanium and shaped like small screws, they are commonly used type of implant.
Subperiosteal: These implants are used under the gum but either on or above the jawbone. Used in patients who do not have enough healthy natural jawbone and cannot, or don’t want to, undergo a bone augmentation procedure to rebuild it.
If your jawbone is unable to support dental implants, then several other techniques can be used to rebuild bone, restore your natural jawline and provide a sturdy foundation for implant-supported teeth. These include:
This process involves restoring or regenerating bone in your jaw that is unable to support implants otherwise. Using bone additives and growth factors to fortify the bone can generally achieve the best results as per several pieces of research.
Commonly known as sinus augmentation or sinus elevation, it involves adding of bone below the sinus in cases where the natural bone has deteriorated due to missing upper back teeth.
In case your jaw isn’t wide enough to support dental implants, this bone graft material can be added to a small ridge, or space, created along the top of your jaw.
Will the implant surgery be painful?
As the surgery is done under local anesthesia, the surgery is painless. Although, the feeling of pressure will be there.
What precautions should I take after the surgery?
- Do not eat or bite anything from the side treatment has been performed. It is anesthetized, and you may not realize that you have traumatized your cheek tissues.
- Avoid having hot, spicy and hard food items.
- Have cold and bland food for a day or two after the surgery. It does not irritate the healing tissues.
- Place an ice pack for one hour as soon as the surgery is over. This will reduce the amount of swelling to be expected.
- Take the medications prescribed to you on time.
- Saltwater rinses and mouthwashes as prescribed will help to reduce the swelling.
- Avoid spitting or using a straw.
- Do not worry if the pain persists. It will come down in 3-5 days.
- Visit your dentist for follow-ups regularly.
How much do dental implants cost?
The important thing to note here is that the price for your particular the implant might be far from average. In some cases, insurance covers dental implants, but your dental team will be able to help you navigate your insurance and financing options.
At Studio32 the cost of implants depends on the type of implant used. Cost of dental implant ranges from Rs 25,000/- to Rs 57,000/-