Smera Clinic - Dental Implants

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Dental implant is the practice of replacing a missing teeth or a set of tooth. Dental implant is the answer for anybody whose teeth are missing. Implant enables people with missing tooth to chew food properly, talk well and smile with confidence. Anyone who has a good oral health is ideal for dental implants.

There is a wide variety of technique which can be applied in making the implants. Depending on the size and type of implant, they can be made accordingly. Typically dental implants are titanium root forms which are placed in the jawbone in the place of a missing tooth. Titanium implants roots can be used to create a single tooth crown or an entire set of teeth as required by the patient.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth. The actual implant is a small metallic (Titanium) screw, that substitutes for the natural tooth root. It is inserted surgically into the jawbone, & it provides a stable base upon which a cap, bridge or denture can be anchored. But unlike dentures, dental implants may be fixed, feeling and acting more like your own natural teeth.

How are implants better than complete dentures?

Conventional dentures can often fit poorly. This is because once natural teeth are gone, the jawbone begins to shrink and change in shape. This can result in discomfort, pain, impaired chewing and difficulty in speaking. Dental implants overcome these challenges by permanently securing your dentures in place so they perform exactly like your real teeth. With implants in place, your jawbone is less susceptible to change because the implants make it seem like your real teeth are still there.

Are dental implants for me?

Chances are, you are a candidate for implants. To find out for sure, however, you will need to make a consultation appointment so your teeth and mouth can be examined and your condition evaluated. As part of the evaluation process, different types of x-rays will be require in order to ascertain bone quality and quantity. A CT scan may also be required.

What is the procedure like?

The implant process is usually a two-step program.

The first step is a surgical procedure to place the implant into your jaw. This procedure is carried out at the dental, clinic under local administration. Click here to see a series of photos detailing this step of the process.

The second step of the procedure takes place three to four months after the implant is put into place. By this time, the bone has grown around the implant so as to hold it in place. This procedure involves removing the gum tissue which covers the implant and then placing a post into the implant. The post will be used to attach the cap, bridge or denture to the implant.

Shortly after the second procedure, the artificial teeth are made (caps, fixed bridges or dentures). They are custom designed to your mouth's exact shape gum-curettage-and-root-planning size, ensuring comfort and effectiveness. While the artificial teeth are being made, you can usually continue to wear an existing bridge or denture.

Is the surgical procedure painful?

Most implant patients report that the discomfort is far less than they expected and is much like having a regular tooth extracted. And, although everyone is different in regard to pain tolerance, most patients are very comparable with minimal to moderate pain medication.

How successful are dental implants?

Dental implants are designed to be permanent. There are numerous factors related to long term success. Implants fail for the same reason your own teeth have failed: bone and gum breakdown, lack of proper daily care and hygiene, not maintaining regularly scheduled professional check-ups, accidents or a newly occurring medical condition that affects the tissues of your mouth.

Initial healing is a key factor contributing to long term success of your implant. It is a well established fact that smoking, before or after implant placement, will cause lowered success rates and/or failures. Excessive pressure and/or grinding of your teeth can also cause problems with the bone bonding with the implant and should be avoided.

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Does age make a difference?

Age is not the most important factor related to dental implant reconstruction. Overall health and quality of life issues are of concern. In the early 1940's and 50's, implants were originally designed for the aging patient with total tooth loss. In recent years, implants have been carried out with high success rates for teenagers with sports injuries or congenitally missing teeth. This is also true of patients up to and including people in their nineties. Your age, in and of itself, is not a major factor as to whether or not you may be an implant candidate.

How can I find out more?

To find out more about dental implants and to learn about our state-of-the-art procedures and personalized care, please call us at +91 98603 83118 to arrange a consultation appointment.