General FAQs of Dental Implants
Best option for replacing missing teeth. A dental implant by itself is not a tooth! A dental implant is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Essentially, it is a small titanium post/fixture that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown (cap), a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or full denture can be attached. Once the implant integrates to your bone, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant and then the artificial tooth/teeth are attached. Therefore, there are 3 parts to an “implant tooth”: the dental implant itself, the abutment, and the artificial tooth.
Almost anyone who is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth are candidates for dental implants. Talk to our doctor for your specific needs. There are many ways to reach the desired goal; we help you choose the most appropriate one.
Stay is about 10 days in India. You need at least 3-4 visits to the clinic during the surgery.
Humans are “blessed” with 2 sets of teeth (baby teeth and adult/permanent teeth). When a single permanent tooth or multiple teeth are lost due to dental decay or gum disease, dental implants can now replace them as the 3rd set of fixed teeth! Dental implants can last a lifetime and can improve your appearance, your confidence, and your ability to eat the foods you like, and participate in an active lifestyle, without worrying about your teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium and can never get dental decay!
Like any minor oral surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection, inflammation, and pain, but our doctor will discuss how these can be managed for your specific situation. A strong sterilization protocol is must while performing the surgery.
If there is no available bone to place the implant, then bone and gum grafting procedures may be required, which can increase the cost of your treatment. However, the upfront investment can pay off in the long term.
Surgical guide and stents are manufactured by 3D printer from the data received from 3D X-Ray scan and 3D implant placement software. Now these surgical guides and stents are used to place the implant at a preplanned angulation and depth delivering you the exact copy result as it is planned in the 3D implant software.
In general, the cost of replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is almost the same as replacing it with a regular fixed bridge. There is a lot of cost variation in different parts of the world, we promise to give you the most impressive quotation. Comparing to UK or US you can save up to 70-80% of the procedure cost, making sure that you don’t burn your pocket for something you deserve for good lifestyle.
It varies from individual to individual and with health and habits. For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene and good health, dental implants are predictably successful with reported success rates above 95%.
Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay; however, the health of the gums is vital to maintaining lasting implant success. Conscientious home care by the patient and regular professional cleanings and check-ups are essential elements for dental implant sustainability. Each patient is different, and success relies upon diagnosis and planning, medical history, and a variety of other factors.
There is no such thing as “metal-free” teeth. Almost all materials used for teeth replacements have some sort of metal ions in them. Dental implants are made of titanium alloy (similar to hip implants, shoulder implants, and knee implants), which is highly biocompatible, and an allergy to titanium is extremely rare! Currently, there are no proven alternatives to titanium dental implants.
All-on-4® is a trademarked treatment procedure that essentially involves replacement of all missing teeth in one jaw by using only 4 implants. This procedure is especially beneficial for patients who have lost a lot of bone in the back areas of the mouth.
Dentures cannot be “made into implants”. Implants are metal screws placed into the jawbone to help anchor and support artificial teeth (dentures). It may be possible to have implants placed beneath existing dentures to aid in the stabilization and support for those dentures. This could only be done if the current dentures were otherwise in excellent condition. You should consult with our doctor to have your existing dentures carefully examined.
No, dental implants are fixed solidly in the bone and allow teeth to be replaced in a manner that is closest to natural teeth.
Actually implants are most popularly used in patients who wear full dentures or partial dentures. Dental implants can be used to provide retention and support for a removable implant over denture, which basically snaps on the implants! Therefore the partial or full denture does not move and reduces the dependency on denture adhesives/denture glue. Or, dental implants can be used for a fixed denture, where a patient’s dentures are fixed/bolted to the implants through titanium components. Only the dentist can remove this from the mouth.
No, you are never too old. Patients over 90 years of age have replaced loose partials and full dentures with implant-supported restorations and the comment we hear most is “I wish I had done this sooner!” They are enjoying the benefits of easier chewing, speaking and a better quality of life.
As our procedure doesn’t involve sutures or surgical cuts, it is almost pain-free and blood free. Our patients tell us that there is very little to no discomfort associated with the placement of an implant, and there is minimal to no swelling. Sedation facility and General anesthesia are available for those who choose not to be awake during the procedure.
We are able to remove the failing teeth, place implants and build up immediate teeth onto the implants all in one session – ‘Instant implants and instant teeth’. This is also called ‘Teeth in a Day,’ which you may have heard about. We will prepare 3D plan in detail before this can be carried out, everything is pre planned and ready on the surgery day to be performed in 3D fashion. As we don’t give surgical cuts with blade, suturing later on is not required, saving us a lot of time.