Dental Implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last 30 years. Let’s know, What are dental implants? And how are they used to replace missing teeth?
As with most treatment procedures in dentistry today, dental implants not only involve scientific discovery, research and understanding, but also application in clinical practice. The practice of implant dentistry requires expertise in planning, surgery and tooth restoration; it is as much about art and experience as it is about science.

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Understanding Dental Implants by some Questions

What Are The Dental Implants?
Let’s start from the beginning: A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.

Titanium’s special property of fusing to bone, called osseointegration (“osseo” – bone; “integration” – fusion or joining with), is the biological basis of dental implant success. That’s because when teeth are lost, the bone that supported those teeth is lost too. Placing dental implants stabilizes bone, preventing its loss. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. This means they also support the facial skeleton and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures — gum tissues, cheeks and lips. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk and look completely natural. This functionality imparts social, psychological and physical well-being. Many times implant procedure are done as a part of smile design or full mouth rehabilitation.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implant fuses with the bone, and gives a natural appearance. Improved physical appearance which boosts your confidence and self-esteem
Improved speech due to the stability and positive structural changes caused by dental implant treatment
Maximum comfort due to the permanent nature of dental implants which is quite the contrary to removable dentures. Implants eliminate the inconvenience of removable dentures.
Implants do not require grinding down or reduction of other teeth and hence serves as a viable and conservative approach to replace a missing tooth.
Trouble-free eating is one of the most well-known benefits as dental implants act exactly like your permanent teeth used to with no awkwardness more commonly associated with other restorative treatments such as dentures
It is easier to sustain better oral health with dental implants as they should be treated just like your regular teeth with regular brushing and flossing along with professional cleaning every six months
The durability of implants is a huge plus point, compared to other common restorative options like traditional bridges and dentures. Implants can last a lifetime.

Are Dental Implants Successful?
With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95 percent for individual implants, even higher for the bridges they support.

Can Anybody be Candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally speaking, if you have lost teeth you are a candidate for dental implants. It is important that you are in good health, however, as there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are right for you. For example, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. It is important to know all about your medical status (past and present) together with all medications you are taking, whether prescribed, alternative (herbal) or over-the-counter.

Where and how implants are placed requires a detailed assessment of your overall stomato-gnathic system, within which the teeth function. This will necessitate compiling records that include study models of your mouth and bite, and specialized radiographs (x-rays), which may include 3D scans known as computerized tomograms (CT scans). Planning with the help of computer imaging ensures that dental implants can be placed in exactly the right position in the bone.

What Are the Options for Implant Tooth Replacement?

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 1, Single Tooth Replacement:
Immediately (at the same time an implant is placed) or after a period of healing, an abutment is attached to the implant. This is a device that “abuts” or joins the implant to a tooth form called a crown, which replaces the tooth part you see in the mouth. It will hold a custom-made crown that the dental laboratory will fabricate and match to your existing teeth. The custom crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place. Once the crown is in place, it should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

2, Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement:
 As with single tooth replacement, temporary healing caps or abutments may be placed on multiple implants until the healing phase is complete. After healing, permanent abutments are attached to the implants. They can attach to custom-made crowns or bridge work that a dental laboratory will fabricate to match your existing teeth. In the final step, the custom bridge, which will replace multiple teeth, is cemented or screwed onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them (as in conventional bridge), and bone loss has been halted.

3, Removable Implant-Supported Tooth Replacement:
If all of your lower teeth are missing, depending on the design of the removable restoration, two to six implants may be used to support a lower denture. If all of your upper teeth are missing, a minimum of four implants may be used to support an upper denture. Removable dentures are often used to replace extensive tooth, bone and gum-tissue loss, thus providing support for the facial skeleton, lip and cheeks. A new denture can have attachments that snap or clip it into place on the implants or a custom made, milled bar can be fabricated to create additional strength and support for the restoration. Design variations are often related to your bone density and number of implants present; We will discuss these options during your consultation. A significant advantage of a removable denture is facilitating the cleaning of the dental implants.

What Type of Maintenance do Dental Implants Require?
Implant crowns and other prosthetic tooth replacements are made to be remarkably safe systems. They are removable and replaceable, so that if damage or wear necessitates replacement, this can be accomplished without affecting the implant(s) or attachment to the bone.
Nevertheless, implants do require maintenance. It is important to practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing to control bacterial biofilm. It is also important to visit dentist every 6 monthly.

How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants are not cheap but they are a good alternative to dentures or a bridge and they enjoy a high success rate. They also result in natural looking teeth that will last for years as well as improving individual self-confidence. The vast majority of patients report high satisfaction levels with their implants. A common question by some of the patient is  “How much does a dental implant cost?”  The  answer: It depends. Costs of treatment do vary which is a result of the different fees charged by dentists, plus the type of implant used. If you require bone grafting because your jawbone is not deep or wide enough then this will increase the price even more.

There are so many variables to consider that answering this over without clinical examination and investigation.  Some things to consider include:
  How many teeth are missing?
  How long have the teeth been missing?
  How many will be replaced?
  What kind of provisional restoration will be used?
  What kind of bone is present?
  Are sinuses an issue?
 How close are adjacent teeth?
  Is the lower nerve in the way?
  How thick and wide is the bone where the implant will go?
How soon must the treatment be done?
  Will the restoration stay in the mouth or will it be removable?