What are Dental Implants or Tooth Implants?
A Dental Implants is a titanium anchor placed firmly into the jaw bone to hold the artificial teeth. It is an artificial replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth. Implants support a crown, a bridge or secure denture firmly in place. They are ideal option for replacing missing teeth as they last a lifetime. In function and aesthetics, they are very similar to natural tooth.
Tooth Loss is a very common problem. Tooth loss can happen because of trauma or fall, decay, and extraction or gums problems and bad oral hygiene. When a Tooth falls or loses a tooth, it creates a gap in the teeth due to the missing tooth. Your dentist will tell you that the lost tooth must be replaced to ensure gum recession and avoid further tooth loss. Your dentist can replace the missing tooth with a dental implant. A dental implant is the best option for a replacement for missing teeth because it provides a combination of functionality and aesthetics which are as close as possible to the natural tooth. It is placed by an expert in Dental Implants called an Implantologist. We also provide easy EMI options for dental implants.
Dental Implant Procedure:
Dental Implants are used by dentists to replace missing teeth. Traditionally, a dentist would replace a missing tooth with either a dental bridge which is a combination of two or more dental crowns or a removable dental prosthetic called a RPD or a Denture. But in modern times, Dental Implants are the most effective method for replacement of missing or lost teeth.
The following are the steps for replacement of missing teeth using dental implants:
The process used for placement of the dental implant and the surgery used for the same is dependent on the dental implant being used (i.e. the brand or company, size of the implant, length of the implant etc.) and the bone or jaw anatomy. The total process of the replacement of the missing tooth would take 4 to 6 months which includes three primary phases. The first phase is surgery in which the dental implant in screwed into the jawbone. The second phase is that of healing and osseointegration (ie. is the time during which bone is formed around the implant to anchor it into the jaw. The third phase is of placing a crown on the implant to give the dental implant screw a tooth-like look and functionality.
Step 1: Placing the Dental Implants / actual implant placement surgery
This is a minor surgery which is the actual screwing of the Implant into the bone. This surgery is generally performed under general anaesthesia and takes approximately 1 hour. The dentist would open the flap of your gums by cutting the same with a scalpel. After which, the dentist will drill a hole for the dental implant to be placed. The hole may be tapped to create screw threads matching the threading on the implant. The implant is then screwed into the bone. The gums are then stitched up for healing. The implant after screwed into the bone would go below the jawline and hence even after the surgery you will be able to see the gap of the missing teeth.
Step 2: Healing Phase / Osseointegration / Bone formation and anchoring of the Implant
This phase is where the implant gets integrated into the bone and gets anchored to form the root of the missing tooth which is being replaced. This is essentially is a waiting phase during which the dentist just checks for bone growth and implant stability for 3 to months. Once the implant is completely integrated into the bone, the implant would be then ready for the third phase of capping or crowing the implant to provide for the missing tooth.
Step 3: Abutment on the Implant / Putting the seat of the implant
When the dentist confirms that the implant is completely integrated into the surrounding bone and hence is stable, the dentist will now prepare for placing the abutment on the implant. The abutment is a seat on which the final prosthetic or the crown / cap will be cemented or screwed. This is a small surgery where the dentist will again cut open the gums (open the flap of the gums / gingiva) so that he gets access to the implant under the gums. He will put the abutments onto the implant and fix it using a screw. The dentist will then stitch up the gums and wait for the gums to heal. After this step, you will be able to see a metal seat / abutment protruding out of the gums in the place of the missing tooth.
Step 4: Taking the Impression for preparing the crown or cap
After 1 or 2 weeks, the gums around abutment get healed and the dentist can now take an impression and measurement for designing and preparing the crown or cap. Depending upto the type of crown, which can be a porcelain fused to metal crown (ie. PFM) or a Zirconia crown, that is to be put on top of the implant, the impression site is prepared using components like impression copings and posts. The dentist uses an impression taking material which is used to create an impression of the abutment, surrounding gums and adjacent teeth which will be used by the dentist and the dental laboratory to create a prosthetic crown or cap that fits perfectly on the abutment seat. The dental laboratory may take a week to create a crown or cap and deliver the same to the dentist.
Step 5: Placement of the Crown or Cap by Cementation or Screwing
After 1 or 2 weeks the dental laboratory will send the trial crown or cap to the dentist for checking its fit inside the patient’s mouth on the abutment seat. If the dentist feels there are any changes which are required then the dentist will send the crown back to the dental laboratory for the same. If the crown fits perfectly and to the satisfaction of the dentist then the crown will be screwed or cemented on the dental abutment to complete the tooth replacement process. This is the completion of the tooth replacement process and you will now have the missing tooth replaced with an almost near natural functionality and aesthetics because the dental crown and the dental Implant will look and behave almost like a natural tooth.
What is better, Implants or Dental Bridge?
Dental Bridge and Dental Implant are both used widely for replacing missing teeth. Dental Bridge has traditionally been the best alternative since it is non invasive, which means that the dentist in Mumbai does have to conduct any surgery to place the dental bridge. The entire process only involves the cutting two or more teeth to form a seat for the bridge. However, it does not completely anchor the gums or the bone. Due to this the recession of the gums and the erosion of the bone is not completely stopped. However it even today it is the easiest and most widely used method of replacement of missing teeth since it is an easy and rapid replacement of missing teeth.
However, a dental implant is almost as good as a natural tooth both in functionality and aesthetics. But, it requires some tests to ensure that the patient is fit for the surgery and also need healthy bone in which the implant can be placed. Also, It is an invasive surgery and hence takes more time to heal and the entire replacement process from the implant placement to the final crown takes a minimum of 3 to 4 months.
Hence the patient and the dentist in Mumbai has to choose between the two options on the basis of the suitability of the case and convenience of the patient. While the cost of all the dental bridge, implant and denture differ from dentist to dentist, Sabka Dentist provide easy EMI facility to make all dental treatments affordable.
What is the Cost of Dental Implant?
Dental Implants are a little more expensive than the other options for a replacement for missing teeth. However, considering the life long comfort due to the dental implant, it is always a good replacement. SabkaDentist has always tried to make dental treatment affordable. At SabkaDentist, dental implants cost around Rs. 25,000/-. Also, our affordable dental implants are also provided by payment plans supported by finance companies like Baja Finserv and Capital Float. You can get the dental implant today and pay later in Easy EMIs. Dental Implant with Easy EMIs was first started by SabkaDentist and we are pioneers at the same.
What is the cost of an Implant Consultation?
The cost of a checkup for Dental Implant or an implant consultation varies from Implantologist to Implantologist. Different Implantologist in Mumbai charge differently. SabkaDentist does not charge anything for a consultation with our expert implantologists. Our Implantologist provide the consultation for FREE. They provide you a quotation and a treatment plan after which you can decide if you want to get the dental treatment done. You will be charged only for the treatment provided and not the consultation. The consultation or the checkup is FREE. To book a dental checkup or a FREE dental consultation please click here.
Dental Implants risk factors/problem
Dental Implants are normally considered a very safe, simple and effective option for replacement of missing teeth or lost teeth. Most patients who are in normal and healthy conditions have experienced perfect and satisfactory results from dental implants.
Dental Implant placement is a surgical procedure and hence, it does come with a small amount of risk that is attached with any medical or surgical procedure. However, an expert implantologist or the experienced dentist will always measure the risk and try to avoid complication as much as possible. The rate of failure of dental implants are quite low and the success rate for dental implants is considerably high.
There are some standard risk indicators for dental implants which the dentist considers as contra indications and the dentist generally takes the consent of the patient for the same. It is also necessary that the patient complies with the pre surgery and post surgery instructions to ensure that the risk of failure or complication is minimized.
The following are some of the common risk conditions for dental implants:
1. Diabetes or High or Low Sugar levels : The patient will have to control sugar levels before and after the dental implant surgery to ensure sucessful surgical placement of the implant and also good healing of dental implant site.
2. Allergies: The patient must disclose all allergies if any, so that precautions can be taken to avoid complications.
3. Smoking: Smoking has to stopped during the process to have a good result. A non-smoker will have far higher success rate for dental implants as compared to a smoker.
4. Bone Density, Bone Thickness and other anatomical conditions: The dentist or the implantologist will check for the required bone density and bone thickness required for successful results of the dental implant surgery and also perfect retention, bone formation and osseointegration.
5. Dental Hygiene: A good dental hygiene in terms of cleaning, brushing, flossing and food habits will help getting better results for any dental implant or oral surgery.