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Dental Implants

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What are Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth root substitutes placed in the jaw bone by a team of dedicated implantologists to replace the natural tooth roots in an area of the mouth where teeth are missing.Dental implants are the only solution that come as close as possible as regards comfort aesthetics and stability similar to your missing natural teeth.

When you lose a root tooth due to periodontal disease ,unsuccessful root canal or any other injury the bone that previously was supported by that root begins to shrink a process termed as "Resorption"However we can now preserve the bone by replacing the tooth roots with Dental implants.The bone forms a strong bond with the dental implant which serves the same function of the natural tooth roots as regards a strong foundation for chewing and eating and most importantly the bone height is preserved as the bone now grows over the implant.Dental implants are small Titanium posts which are biocompatible to bone and have been used successfully (97.5%) used over decades.

What can Dental Implants do for me

1. They replace one or more missing teeth independently without the support of neighbouring healthy teeth as in a traditional bridge procedure.(ie they preserve the neighbouring teeth).

2. Support a bridge (implant supported) and eliminate the need for a cumbersome removable partial denture.

3. provide stable and firm support for the complete denture making it more comfortable and easy to chew with.

Benefits of Dental Implants

When you lose your natural teeth you want a replacement that comes as close to it in looks comfort and restoring your smile.Dental implants are the state of the art solution that look and feel exactly like your natural teeth.

Dental implants prevent the bone loss that occurs with loss of tooth/teeth.Therefore they maintain the support for facial muscles prevent them from losing tonicity and the appearance of wrinkles especially in a person who has lost all their teeth restoring youthfulness.

Preservation of Bone (reduced bone loss):

Normally, the bone tissue surrounding the root of your tooth is maintained by your body’s natural renewal process. However, if you loose a tooth, you will be left with a hole where your tooth root used to be and the bone around this area will slowly begin to disappear (atrophy) which may change the shape of your jaw. A dental implant placed in that area can actually stimulate bone growth and production, preventing loss of valuable bone structure.

In some patients where bone loss is substantial, a bone graft may be required before placing a dental implant. Bone loss is a problem for people who have dentures, and as the shape of the jaw slowly changes, the dentures need to be adjusted or re-made to fit the new shape of the jaw. Bone loss can also make a person look older, since the area around the mouth can sag as bone is lost.

Preservation of Natural Teeth:

Tooth replacement with traditional tooth-supported bridges requires grinding down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth, so that the bridge can be cemented onto them. This tooth structure can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised. But implant supported crowns/bridges function independently without touching the natural teeth, such that the natural teeth are not compromised, or damaged.

Confidence & feeling of wellbeing:

Overall quality of life is enriched with replacement teeth that look, feel and function as natural teeth. Eat better- all kinds of sticky, chewy foods which was once impossible with regular dentures that would be unstable and simply rest on the bone. Also when you chew better your food is digested better and overall health of the person is improved. No more rocky ,unstable dentures and fear that the denture might come off during that may be socially embarrassing. Implant supported teeth stay firm in the mouth.

Long Term Clinical Success:

Dental implants are highly predictable and should be the first choice in replacing missing teeth as their success rates (98%).They are safe, reliable and a long term solution .There is never a risk of an implant getting cavities or decay!

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Nearly anyone who is in good general and oral health is a candidate for an implant. There are no absolute contraindications for an implant.Age is never a contraindication! Anyone who wants to improve his/her quality of life is a candidate for an implant.

Single tooth replacement:

When you lose a single tooth you want something as close as possible in replacing it in terms of aesthetics and function.A single dental implant will replace the missing natural root and also the crown making it possible to restore your smile to its natural state.A single tooth replacement is a very common and daily procedure in our dental practice.This we believe is the most aesthetic least invasive & cost effective, reliable and long term solution.

A single tooth implant consists of 3 main parts:

The implant that anchors down into the bone

An abutment that is now fixed on top of the implant and extends in the oral cavity and

A crown that is cemented or screwed on to the abutment.

Multiple teeth replacement:

In the back of the mouth where bite forces are extremely strong, one implant per tooth is the ideal.Although not always required, alternatively, if multiple teeth are missing within the same region, several missing teeth can also be replaced with fewer implants because dental implants are stronger than the natural tooth roots. This solution includes having implant fixed bridges done.If you are missing several teeth then an implant supported bridge can replace them in function, form and esthetics. An implant fixed bridge is very much like a conventional bridge except the support is actually over implants rather than natural teeth .Natural biting capacity is restored and most importantly the implants will preserve the level of the bone improving facial muscle support and volume.