What are Dental Implants
Dental Implants are today the nearest equivalent replacement to the natural tooth, and are a very useful addition in the management of patients who have missing teeth because of disease, developmental anomalies and trauma.

The quality of Dental Implants in India and what is being provided at Dental Sharda Dental is at par with the global standards.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace teeth loss due to various factors like teeth rots. They are the next best thing to natural teeth. Dental implants are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth and also provide the same function as your natural tooth root .Implants provide a strong foundation for teeth that are made to replace your natural teeth. The adverse effects of missing teeth can be detrimental to your long term oral and medical health. If you are missing a single tooth or teeth, dental implants are the best way to replace them. Dental Implants can be used to replace both single and multiple teeth.

How do Dental Implants Work?

A dental implant is a small "anchor" made of titanium that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. After osseointegration (when the surrounding bone has healed to the implant), a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant. This new tooth looks, feels and performs similar to your natural teeth.

What are the benefits?

Choosing dental implants as a treatment option can offer you a number of significant advantages.

  • Maintain anatomy. If you have missing teeth, the bone begins to shrink over time. Unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede and change your facial structure. Dental implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone so your face retains its natural shape
  • Keep your healthy teeth. A better long-term alternative to bridgework, dental implants eliminate the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth. Your own natural healthy teeth are not compromised.
  • Security. Securely anchored dental implants do not slip or move. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves. The result is superior comfort, reliability, and freedom from embarrassment.

What is involved in the implant procedure?

The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a time period.

The typical process will include:

Pre-treatment consultation: After a careful evaluation of your dental and medical health history, your practitioner will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, you will then have thorough consultations with surgical and prosthetic specialists before your treatment begins.

Initial implant placement: Your practitioner places the dental implant into your jaw while you are under either local or general anesthesia. Over the next several months, bone will heal to the surface of the implant, anchoring it into position. Depending on your particular case, an additional minor procedure creates an opening through which your artificial tooth will emerge.

Implant prosthetic attachment: During this phase, your practitioner painlessly attaches a prosthetic "post" to the implant. An impression will be taken, and soon after, an artificial replacement tooth will be created for a natural restoration.

Proper maintenance: Your dental practitioner will guide you on the proper care and maintenance of your new implants before, during and after the procedure. By following a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and regular checkups, your implants will look, function and feel great for many years to come.

There are three types of implants, and they can be described according to their shape and how they are attached to the jaw. They are:

  • Endosteal -"within the bone" 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"on top of the bone" implants or Ramus – frame 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.
  • This type of implant can be used if the lower jawbone is too thin for a root-form or subperiosteal implant. A Ramus-frame implant is embedded in the jawbone in the back corners of the mouth (near the wisdom teeth) and near the chin Once it is inserted and the tissue heals, a thin metal bar is visible around the top of the gum.Dentures are made that can fit onto this bar. Ramus-frame implants also can stabilize weak jaws and help to prevent them from fracturing.

TRANSOSTEAL "through the bone" implants. These implants are either a metal pin or a U-shaped frame that passes through the jawbone and the gum tissue, into the mouth. Transosseous implants originally were designed to be used in people who had very little bone in their lower jaws and who had no bottom teeth. However, they are rarely used today because placing them requires extensive surgery, general anesthesia and hospitalization. Also, their use is limited to the lower jaw. Placing transosseous implants involves inserting two metal rods from below the chin, through the chin bone, until they are exposed inside the mouth. The rods that can be seen inside the mouth are used to attach a denture.

Most clinicians today prefer to use bone grafts and one of the other endosseous implant methods described earlier instead of the transosseous method because they are equally effective and do not require the level of surgery needed when placing transosseous implants.


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