Dental Implants are a modern contemporary approach in Dentistry today to replace missing tooth or teeth. Long gone are the days when the adjacent teeth are trimmed to provide a bridge to compensate for missing space or the use of removable dentures which are fairly uncomfortable for patients to maintain. Dental Implants are done under local anesthesia chair side in the dental operatory. The procedure is relatively pain free and very simple when compared to some conventional methods.
Dental Implants are of 3 types. Largely being classified as
From a patient’s perspective, the below mentioned are the key aspects for Implant Success.
This is a mandate to assess the amount of bone available for placement of the Implant. If no adequate bone is present, supplemental procedures can be done like Bone Augmentation to grow the bone and then place an implant. Availability of Bone can also primarily help in deciding what type of Implant to use.
Success of the implant treatment depends also on the patient’s general health status. For Example – If a patient is known to have uncontrolled diabetes, this can hinder in the healing process and may lead to failure in the implant osteo integration. Hence a general health check will be required to ensure all parameters are under optimal conditions before the surgery is done. Our dental experts will provide you a list of tests to take if and when required.
Once the Implant surgery is done, the ideal wait time for the bone and implant to integrate is 3 – 4 months. Although this wait time seems relatively longer, we do provide patients with temporary prosthesis which will be of more aesthetic than functional. This is to ensure that our patients don’t have to compromise on any social engagements when the treatment is in progress. After the ideal healing period is done and after some radiographic checks, the prosthesis phase begins. Dental Implant Prosthesis ranges from single Zirconia Crowns (which can be screw retained or cement retained) all the way up to full mouth rehab frameworks which provide patients a full complement of new teeth for both function and aesthetics.