Dental implants are the most long-lasting and aesthetically-pleasing alternatives for natural teeth after single or multiple tooth loss. Pristyn Care is widely known as a center of excellence for many elective surgical techniques, one of which is dental implant surgery.
Dental implants, also known as teeth implants or teeth transplants, are natural-looking alternatives to teeth that restore form, function, and aesthetics in people with missing teeth. The treatment usually lasts for 3-6 months. At the beginning of the treatment, the dentist performs dental implant surgery and fixes the implant post in the jaw bone.
There are primarily 3 types of dental implants:
Once the implant has completely integrated with its surrounding bone, the abutment screw and crown are placed on the implant post. The implant can serve as an attachment for fixed dental crowns or for removable dental bridges in edentulous patients.
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Pristyn Care is one of the most flourishing surgical providers in India. Here you can avail successful dental implant treatment at affordable prices. In addition to dental implant surgery, Pristyn Care dentists are experienced in providing jaw and ridge augmentation surgery to increase the chances of success of implant in patients with severe bone loss.
We have an advanced dental set up at all our clinics to ensure that you receive advanced dental treatment. Additionally, our dentists will provide you with tips for complete dental hygiene maintenance during and after the treatment. Book an appointment to know more.
The diagnostic procedure for implants remains similar whether the patient needs one implant or more. First, the dentist will clean and polish your remaining teeth to examine the extent of periodontal disease and bone loss. Usually, bone loss is higher in completely edentulous patients due to a higher degree of occlusal forces on the jaws.
Then, they will schedule radiographic scans like cephalogram, OPG, CT scan, etc., so they can evaluate the density and quality of the jaw bone. They will also use these scans to accurately measure the jaw dimensions, and map out the blood vessels and nerves around the operation site to avoid complications like hemorrhage and nerve injury during the surgery.
Finally, based on the results of the diagnostic tests, they will decide how many implants you need and formulate a treatment plan. Often the following factors are considered necessary for dental implant treatment:
Implant treatment begins with implant surgery. If you need ridge/jaw augmentation surgery, it may be performed either during the surgery or 2-3 months before the surgery, depending on the nature and extent of the surgery. On the day of the implant surgery, the dental surgeon creates an incision in the jaw and fits the post inside the bone. The number of implants fixed in a single surgery depends on the patient’s health, treatment plan, surgeon’s expertise, etc. Then, the incision is closed and the patient is released after 2-3 hours of observation to ensure there are no postoperative complications.
The patient has to come to the clinic every 2-3 weeks for postoperative consultations to ensure that there is no infection and that the post is undergoing osseointegration, a process by which the post fuses with the jawbone. Once the osseointegration process is complete, the surgeon will fix an abutment over the implant post.
The abutment serves as a connector between the dental bridge/crown and the implant post. It forms the support for the denture bridge and is the only visible part of the implant post. The dental crown or bridge is usually fixed at least 2 weeks after abutment placement.
After the surgery:
After the dental implant surgery, your surgeon will close the incision using sutures and place a dental pack to cover the surgical site as its healing. In most cases, if there is no infection, the sutures will be removed 7-10 days after the surgery. You will have pain and normal postoperative swelling in this region during the first 6-7 days, but they will be manageable through over-the-counter medications.
After the sutures are removed, you won’t have any noticeable pain or discomfort, but you will have to visit your dentist for postoperative checkups once every 2-3 weeks to make sure the implant is integrating with its surrounding bone.
You need to maintain proper oral hygiene during this period to avoid infection. You also must avoid smoking and tobacco usage as they may delay the osseointegration and the overall recovery period. You should eat only warm or cold soft foods during this period to avoid them irritating your implant site.
After the treatment:
Once the crown is attached to your implant abutment, your dentist will provide you with proper dental hygiene maintenance and dietary restrictions you need to follow to ensure your dental implant success. Normally, you can eat most things after your dental implant placement, but if your implant is attached to a removable denture/bridge, you may not be able to eat hard foods. Gutka and tobacco chewing are also discouraged after the treatment as they can lead to poor oral hygiene and lead to implant failure.
Though most people get dental implants for aesthetic reasons, dental implants can be required for medical purposes in patients with
As dental implants are comparatively expensive and time-consuming treatments, dental implants are only suggested to patients who absolutely need them. Book an appointment with the best dentist near you if you think you may need dental treatment.
You should massage the operated area using a cold compress on the face and avoid spitting for the first 24 hours. After the first 24 hours, you should rinse your mouth with warm salt water after every meal or snack to prevent food lodgement in the operated area. You should also visit your dentist for regular follow-up appointments to ensure there is no infection or delay in healing or osseointegration.
You have to maintain good oral hygiene after implant placement to ensure implant success in the long term, as poor oral hygiene can lead to further gum disease and bone loss surrounding the implants. If there is significant bone loss, the implant will lose its support making it easily visible in the oral cavity. Without adequate support, the implant-supported crown will also become mobile and prone to falling out.
Dental implants are generally made of high-end biocompatible materials to ensure better surgical functional and aesthetic results. Thus, dental implants can be considered costly, however, the cost correlates with their advantages.
No, the majority of the healing after dental implant surgery occurs within 7-10 days of the surgery. However, after that, you have to wait about 3-6 months for the implant post to bond with its surrounding bone, before you can get your crown/denture.
Yes, once the initial healing period is over, typically within 1-2 days of the implant placement, you can eat essentially whatever you want, including nuts, apples, chips, popcorn, candy, etc. However, you need to maintain good hygiene by brushing properly to ensure implant success.
Yes, you should visit your dentist for regular checkups even after crown placement every 6-7 months for oral prophylaxis and make sure there is no problem with the implant.
Generally, all dentists with a postgraduate degree, such as periodontists, prosthodontists, oral surgeons, etc. are trained in dental implant treatment. You can also get implants from graduate dentists who’ve done an implantology diploma or certification course.
You have to stay away from tobacco consumption for a minimum of 2 months after implant placement to ensure proper osseointegration between the implant and the jaw bone. Even after that, it is usually recommended to stop gutka or tobacco chewing as that can irritate the surgical site.
Yes, if your diabetes is managed and you are regularly taking diabetic medicines, then you can undergo implant surgery. However, before the surgery, you need approval from your regular physician.
Before: Gaps in teeth can ruin an otherwise perfect smile. Moreover, missing tooth space provides ample opportunity for the surrounding teeth to start migrating and taking their place. This ultimately leads to tooth misalignment, rotation, bending, etc. It also increases the occurrence of food lodgement between teeth which is one of the primary causes of tooth decay. Food lodgement also causes foul breath, oral candidiasis, and other oral problems. Gaps in teeth can even result in speech impediments like lisping and whistling sounds while speaking.
Moreover, all these problems, or even just one of these, can result in low self-confidence in a person. It inhibits their natural ability to smile freely. Multiple missing teeth lead to more occlusal pressure and forces on the jaw bone leading to faster jaw degeneration, loss of facial length, and aesthetics as well.
After: The above-described problems can result in overall poor quality of life for the patient. A dental implant treatment will not just fill in the gaps between your teeth, it will rebuild and restructure your smile aesthetics. You will be able to smile freely without a second thought as the implant crown looks unbelievably realistic. They also fit in the mouth so comfortably that most patients forget they are there within a couple of days. As implants fill the missing space, they also cure any speech impediments the patient had before.
Moreover, you won’t have to stick to just soft foods or liquid diets as implants provide strong occlusal capacity making you perfectly able to eat whatever you want. They also integrate with the bone so perfectly that they provide more strength to the bone.
A single-tooth implant is a great option for people missing only one tooth in one-half of a dental arch. It is commonly only performed in patients who have a lisp (speech impediment) due to the missing tooth or if the missing tooth is an anterior tooth and is affecting the patient’s aesthetic appearance.
An implant-supported bridge is a dental bridge made of 3-5 teeth that are supported by implant posts. It is usually performed when a patient is missing multiple teeth in a row in a single arch. The dentist implants 2-3 implant posts for support and later uses those abutments for support for the dental bridge.
All-on-4 implant is a process by which a completely edentulous arch is rehabilitated. During this treatment, the dental surgeon implants 4 implant posts in strategic positions over the arch to support a dental bridge made of a maximum of 14 teeth, i.e., 4 incisors, 2 canines, 4 premolars, and 4 molars.
All-on-6 implant treatment is similar to all-on-4, i.e., it is performed for rehabilitation of an entire edentulous ridge. The dentist places 6 implant posts all over the ridge to support a maximum of 16 teeth, i.e., 4 incisors, 2 canines, 4 premolars, and 6 molars in an arch. It provides better support than all-on-4.
Often, over time, the jaw bone can become thin or soft, when there is a gap in the dental arch due to missing teeth. This is because, when teeth have been missing for a long time, the jaw bone does not receive necessary stimulation from the roots. Moreover, they are subjected to extra occlusal forces, which results in jaw resorption. In patients with only 1-3 missing teeth, sometimes jaw resorption can occur due to gum disease, or periodontitis.
When there isn’t ample bone quality and quantity, the implant does not have enough tissues surrounding it for it to integrate with them properly, which can result in the failure of implants. To ensure dental implant success, often your dentists may perform supplemental surgery to improve bone density in the needed region at the time of the surgery or 1-2 months before the surgery.
Different supplemental-implant surgeries that can help implant success and bone regrowth are:
Also known as bone grafting, bone augmentation is a surgery in which a small piece of bone is surgically grafted into the implant site. It is recommended when the patient doesn’t have sufficient bone density in the implant site to support the implant post. It is often performed 1-2 months before the surgery so that the jaw bone can integrate with the grafted bone and improve the weakened jaw bone.
Often, bone loss starts occurring directly after dental extraction. If the patient has already decided to get an implant surgery, then the dentist can perform socket preservation immediately after extraction to preserve the space for implant insertion, maintain bone density, eliminate jaw shrinkage and collapse of the surrounding gum and facial tissues, and create a strong foundation for implant placement. It can be done by placing bone or bone substitute into the socket left by the removed tooth which encourages the bone in the area to regenerate and heal.
In some patients. Jaw bone resorbs in a way that the ridge becomes too narrow to support the implant. In such cases, the dentist can perform a ridge modification or ridge expansion surgery by grafting artificial or donated bone tissue to the bone-deficient jaw area. Over time, the pre-existing jaw tissue combines with the grafted tissue to strengthen the surgical area.
Also known as sinus lift or sinus elevation, this treatment is only performed for maxillary jaw resorption. When upper teeth are missing, the sinus cavity becomes larger leading to a further decrease in the quality of the jaw bone. The procedure is performed by adding bone below the sinus cavity.
If the patient has any gum disease, it can interfere with the chances of success of the implant, therefore it is important to treat any signs of gum disease (or periodontitis) before implant surgery.
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