A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury or some other reason. Dental implants are actually more tooth saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Under proper conditions, and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are so natural in look and feel, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own!
ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANTS :
Every way you look at it, dental implants are one of the best solutions to the problem of missing teeth.
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent bone loss and gum recession. No one will ever know that you have a replaced tooth.
Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth, as neighbouring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Your own teeth are left untouched, which is a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS? :
The ideal candidate for a dental implant should have good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant. The best candidates have healthy gum tissues, that are free of periodontal disease.
Replacing a Single Teeth
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
Replacing Several Teeth
If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
Replacing All of Your Teeth
If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
IMMEDIATE IMPLANTS :
In cases where bone condition and density are favourable, dental implants can now be embedded after tooth extraction. Such techniques being referred to as immediate implants, one-day implants, single day implants or same day implants. This means that the patient have new tooth roots upon leaving the office.
Immediate implant placement in extraction socket
Immediate Loaded Implants ( Teeth-in-an-Hour)
In addition, for certain cases, permanent or temporary prosthetics may be placed immediately during the same treatment visit when the dental implants are surgical placed. This is known as immediate loaded implants. This forms the basis of "Tooth in an Hour" concept that is widely being used by dentists the world over. The immediate loading of dental implants shortens the treatment time and makes it possible to give the patient an esthetic appearance during the whole treatment period.
Benefits of Immediate Loaded Implants
Good esthetic results
Shorter treatment time with minimized pain
Immediately functioning teeth
However, immediate loaded implants does not apply to all cases and is largely dependent on the individual's bone quality and condition.
There are certain conditions that preclude the procedure of immediate loading. The decision to immediately load the implant is largely dependent on a large extent on the clinical judgment of the operating surgeon. However, certain rules must be kept in mind:
The patient should be healthy and compliant with good oral hygiene.
Good bone quality and quantity is a prime requirement for immediate implants to be successful
The site selected for immediate loading should be free from any infection. Infact even the neighboring teeth should be free from radiologic/clinical signs of infection.
Even in good bone quality and quantity cases, if the drilling technique removes a lot of bone so that primary implant stability is not attained, immediate loading should not be attempted.