If missing teeth are causing you to miss out on culinary indulgences and lowering your self-esteem, a dental implant is the answer to your pain and sorrow. At Monarch Dental Clinic, Dr. Mihir Patel, our implantologist, can fill the gap in your life (and your teeth) by replacing them with high-quality dental implants, backed by cutting-edge technology and the extensive experience of our dentists.
Over the last few years, dental implants have been very successful in changing the face of dentistry. Our dentists will analyze your unique requirements, and accordingly recommend the right implants. These high-quality implants are made of titanium, one of the most biocompatible materials available today.
You may be advised a dental implant in the following scenarios, if all the prerequisites are met:
- When you’re missing single or multiple teeth
- To remove and replace damaged teeth
- If the bridge between healthy teeth needs additional support
- When all the teeth from the upper or lower jaw are missing
Common Causes of Tooth Loss
We are all exposed to habits that result in higher stress on our teeth, impacting oral health in the long run. With the ever-increasing changes in our lifestyles, dental issues have become quite common. The hectic lives we lead often result in initial symptoms being ignored, until they become hindrances, at which point they need expert treatment.
Some of the common reasons of tooth loss are:
- Cavities and tooth-decay
- Injury and long-term trauma
- Gum disease
- Failure of root canal procedure
- Congenital defects
Prerequisites for Dental Implants
Implants are long-lasting, permanent solutions for complications which are beyond the point of restoration. These implants are constructed of titanium and anchored to an artificial tooth. Unlike dentures, they don’t cause any discomfort when you’re eating or drinking, which makes them far more preferable, especially if you’re still young and otherwise healthy!
There are 3 basic criteria that you must meet before you consider implants:
- Good quality and quantity of bone to anchor the implant
- The gum round the affected area should be healthy and free of any periodontal disease
- The adjacent teeth should be healthy and strong enough to support the implant
Our specialist team comprises of highly-experienced dentists who have undergone special training and operate in well-equipped environs, to ensure your implants look and feel just like your original teeth.
The treatment typically begins with a consultation with one of our dentists, who will discuss your medical history, current oral health and any medication you may be on. Based on the consultation, we will suggest a treatment plan that best fits your unique needs.
During the procedure
Once a treatment plan has been fixed, the dentist will place the implant in a single sitting, but it would require a period of osseointegration (the anchoring of your dental implant to the jawbone). Within as little as three to six months, once the implant is completely healed, a simple follow-up is required to complete the procedure by placing a crown restoration.
Our specialized team carefully manages tissue, to minimize any discomfort you may feel during or after the procedure. The dentist will typically prescribe anti-inflammatory medication and an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to aid the healing process. Every situation is unique, so consult our dentists on post-procedural care and read our Implants After Care Form carefully.
Limitations of Dental Implants
Though they’re few, there are certain limitation and specific cases where implants might not be feasible, like:
- When the jawbone is not thick enough to accommodate the implants
- For patients suffering from uncontrolled diabetes or untreated periodontis
- If patients have immune-system deficiencies
- For patients with severe systemic illnesses or blood-clotting disorders
- Drug abuse
If you have questions or further queries, just reach out to us at Monarch Dental Clinic and we’ll set your mind at ease. Our implantologist, Dr. Mihir Patel firmly believes that the success of any treatment lies in making the patient comfortable, and this he does by educating his patients. When you place your oral health in the hands of our team of highly trained dentists and their assistants, you can be sure that we’ll care for your teeth as if they were our own!
What is a dental implant?
Dental implant is an “anchor” that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of the missing tooth root. Once the surrounding bone gets attached to the implant, a replacement tooth is attached to the top of the implant. The implant is permanent, stable and even looks like natural teeth, making them an ideal solution to tooth loss.
Who should consider dental implants?
Anyone missing tooth/teeth can look at implants as an option. Implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can fill for one or a few of the teeth that are missing. In case all teeth are missing, then implants may also be placed to anchor a loose denture.
How is dental implant done in cases with bone loss?
In case of existing bone loss, bone expansion can be done to create a more ideal situation for the implant(s). A proper consultation with your dentist can help you plan a procedure as per your individual needs.
How long is the dental implant process?
There are three phases of implant.
- The first phase involves the placement of implant and most implants will remain covered under the gums.
- After 3-6 months, in the second phase, metal post/extension is attached to the implants.
- Then in the third phase replacement teeth are created and fitted. This requires a few appointments for try-ins and corrections to achieve the desired results. The total implant process usually takes 5-8 months, which can vary from patient to patient.
Before And After Image Of Dental Implants :
Will I be without teeth or unable to eat for a long time?
During the first phase of implant, the patient needs to follow a soft diet for the first couple of weeks so as to not put any stress on the jawbone.
Which are the advantages of using dental implants?
Implants are stronger and easy to install without damaging the neighbouring teeth. They are easy to maintain i.e. clean and floss just like natural teeth. The best thing about them is that implants are more durable and not prone to decay. With implants, one can eat better, enjoy more foods, get better nutrition. Additionally, there is improved comfort, improved speech, convenience and improved self-esteem