Implants are the latest prosthesis for the replacement of missing teeth. Missing tooth, if present in the posterior jaws poses difficulty in eating and if present in anterior/front region of mouth poses embarrassment and discomfort. Dental implants are a great option because they look and act just like natural teeth.
What are dental implants ?
A dental implant is an artificial root prosthesis placed in mouth via surgical procedure. Implants are made of titanium screw that is permanently anchored into the upper or lower jaw bone. It replaces your missing tooth root. The dental implant will fuse with the bone in your jaw creating a long lasting and durable option to replace missing teeth. The implant are used to hold crown, dental bridges or dentures.
Are implats safe and how long will they last ?
Today’s implants are safe, well-established treatment for replacement of missing tooth using natural bone structure and with no harm to peripheral tissue or tooth. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your implants and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. You could get all these problems with natural teeth. If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
I have some teeth in my mouth. Can i still have implants ?
Yes. If you have some teeth in your mouth you can have implants for those who are missing only. Implants can be done for single tooth or multiple missing tooth. you dont need to remove your healthy tooth for missing tooth replacement with implant.
Does implant hurts?
Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time but, just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. Sometimes your dentist might give you a sedative if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one. General anaesthetics are rarely used for implants and are generally only used for very complicated cases.
What about aftercare?
Your dentist will give you instructions on how to look after your implant. They may give you some pain killers after the surgery – or make sure you have some at home – to take over the next few days if you need them after surgery.
Are the implant teeth difficult to clean?
No. Implant teeth are not difficult to clean but aftercare is more important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Your dentist will give you detailed advice on how to takecare of your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you dentist will show you how to clean them.
If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the implants?
No, Gum disease are not contagious. If you had gum disease previously when you had your own teeth it will not inherit. But if you don’t care for implant as well enough they also will get the same gum infection. If you keep them clean and have them regularly checked by your dentist, you should not have any problems. Smoking is contraindicated for implants and affects the health of implants. So, if you smoke, you may need to look after your implants more carefully. Some dentists will not place dental implants in people who are smokers or use tobacco.
Can I remove the teeth if they are fixed to implants?
No, Teeth attached to implants can only be fitted or removed by the dentist only. you should never try to remove them or fix them by your self. It can harm the Implant embedded inside the bone if it exerts any pressure durin removal or placing at different angle. When implants are placed the teeth are attached to them in 3 dimensional way. They have a single path of insertion and removal. If you try to force then except from their path of insertion you may damage the implants . So never try this. if you implant get loose jut go to you dentist he will fix it for you. However, if you have removable dentures attached to the implants, you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.
Do the implants show?
Nope , they are never seen after the placement as they remain embedded inside your bone. No one can see them from outside. They only can be seen in the X-ray to you. You can only see the prosthesis or crown attached to them.
Do I need an implant for each missing tooth?
If you have a single tooth missing, you just need a single implant.If you have two missing tooth side by side or different places in your mouth you will need two implants. If you have three missing tooth side by side you may have two implants supporting a bridge of three units to them. If the location of missing tooth is solitary in mouth then you will need three implants. Your dentist can suggest you the best treatment plan for implants by observing your oral health and requirement for you.
What happens if the implant fails to fuse with the bone?
With advancement in dentistry today, A good Implant rarely fails to fuse with the bone. If the implant fails to fuse with the bone it becomes loose during the healing period, or just after the surgery in few days, it can be easily removed. your jaw will heal in the normal way andafter a month their will be no wound there. Once your jaw has healed, another implant can be placed near the previously failed implant space.
Where do I get this treatment?
Talk to your dentist. Today most of dental clinic provide implant facilities by self or by some visiting faculty. Or they may refer you to an experienced ‘implantologist’ for assessment and treatment.