WHY CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANTS? By Dr.Santhosh Kumar
WHY CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
If you have lost teeth you are the right person for dental implants.There are some conditions and diseases that dictate whether dental implants are right for you: uncontrolled diabetes,cancer and radiation of jaws, smoking,alcoholism,or uncontrolled periodontal disease may affect whether dental implants fuse to the bone.
- How do implant tooth replacement differ from teeth?
Natural teeth and dental implants may look the same, feel the same, and even function in a similar way, but they are very different. The most important differences are in the way they attach to the surrounding bone, their response to dental disease, their maintenance, and repair.
MEDICAL USES OF IMPLANTS
Primary use of dental implants is to support dental prosthetics. Modern dental implants make use of OSSEOINTEGRATION, the biologic process where bone fuses tightly to the surface of specific materials such as titanium and some ceramics. The integration of implant and bone can support physical loads for decades without failure.
Ok, let us talk about implant supported dentures,many patients have the doubt of what is implant supported dentures?
Lets make a clear idea about that….
For a cost-effective way of replacing many missing teeth, dentures can be held securely in place with implants, providing a great improvement from traditional removable dentures.
- No need for denture adhesives, pastes, sticky gum or powders.
- Implants help to maintain your facial structures by preserving the remaining bone in your jaws
- Minimises wrinkles around the mouth by restoring lost lip-support.
- Markedly improves your ability to chew, you can eat whatever you want and enjoy your food again.
- Secure and comfortable – no more embarrassing moments caused by loose dentures!
A lower denture may only need two conventional implants to give a completely life-changing transformation to your ability to chew foods, and smile with confidence. An alternative to this is four ‘mini’ implants – this requires very minimal surgery, and in many cases your current denture can be attached to these immediately.
Why should I have dental implant bridges?
A dental implant bridge, replacing several teeth in a row is a great stable alternative to a denture or conventional bridge.
Dental implant treatment is a possible solution to restore teeth missing or failing in a row, whether there are teeth missing or loose teeth in a row, decayed teeth / teeth with a bad prognosis, broken or cracked teeth or root treatments which have failed
Procedures and time consumption for implants
Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient surgery performed in stages:
- Your damaged tooth is removed.
- Your jawbone is prepared for surgery, a process that may involve bone grafting.
- After your jawbone heals, your oral surgeon places the dental implant metal post in your jawbone.
- You go through a healing period that may last several months.
- Your oral surgeon places the abutment, which is an extension of the implant metal post. (In some cases, when the implant is very stable, this can be done at the same time that the implant is placed.)
- After the soft tissue heals, your dentist will make molds of your teeth and jawbone and later place the final tooth or teeth.
The entire process can take many months from start to finish. Much of that time is devoted to healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw.
Is there any special maintenance for implants?
Practice excellent oral hygiene. Just as with your natural teeth, keep implants, artificial teeth and gum tissue clean. Specially designed brushes, such as an interdental brush that slides between teeth, can help clean the nooks and crannies around teeth, gums and metal posts.
See your dentist regularly. Schedule regular dental checkups to ensure the health and proper functioning of your implants.
Avoid damaging habits. Don’t chew hard items, such as ice and hard candy, which can break your crowns — or your natural teeth. Avoid tooth-staining tobacco and caffeine products