Missing your teeth? The perfect replacement is here
Tooth loss is a major distressing phenomena
to the most of us as it has functional and esthetic concerns. It happens due to
multiple factors among the young and old. An ugly back gap between your teeth
when you smile, or not being able to eat your favouritecrunchies is not a
pleasant scenario. Wouldn’t you want the perfect replacement for your lost
A dental implant is a small titanium alloy
screw which is surgically placed in the position of the lost tooth or teeth. It is drilled into the jawbone, and then is connected
to the prosthesis or crowns which are the shape and colour of natural teeth.
They are fixed biocompatible solutions which prevent further bone loss as a
part of ageing.
There are many replacement options for
missing teeth such as removable dentures, fixed partial dentures, overdentures,
denturesdonot have enough grip over your gums and
tend to fall off. It is difficult eating hard or sticky foods. And it is quite
an embarrassment if your artificial teeth slip out during a social gathering.
partial dentures are placed by taking the support
of adjacent teeth. The adjacent teeth are prepared or reduced to seat the
bridge. Often long span bridges aren’t durable, and the supporting teeth may
On the other hand, dental implants provide a permanent solution as they integrate with
the jaw bone in a short span of time. The tooth coloured crowns are either
cemented to the implant via a metal abutment or directly screwed onto the
implant. It can be done either for a missing single or multiple teeth. Real tooth replacement literally!
are dental implants placed?
It is a minor surgical procedure done under
local anesthesia. The gum tissue is opened to visualize the jaw bone, into
which drilling is done and the implant placed. The surgical area is then closed
and left to heal. If the bone is of good quality, the crown placement can be
done sooner. However if the bone quality is questionable, the implants are left
to integrate with the jaw bone. After 3 months the patient is recalled and the
crown fabrication followed by fixation done. Quite simple isn’t it?