Implants offer the most promising and predictable form of tooth replacement. Each of these artificial “roots” is anchored into your mouth, allowing it to support a fixed restoration (such as a crown or bridge.) Caring for your implants is just as easy as brushing and flossing real teeth. This tooth replacement solution is considered to be the gold-standard of smile reconstruction and can last for the rest of a person’s life.
Have you ever wondered what your smile might look like if that missing tooth wasn’t missing? There are several ways to fill that gap with a “tooth” that looks and feels exactly like your other teeth.
An increasingly popular way to restore missing teeth is through dental implants. These are used as an alternative to dentures and bridges. Why? Because they have many advantages, including their completely natural appearance, their convenience and their ability to maintain bone mass – a quality that makes additional tooth loss far less likely.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are made up of a titanium screw and a post that is covered with a crown, bridge or denture. We place the implant into the jawbone where it replaces the tooth root. After several months, the implant attaches to the bone, so it now looks and “acts” just like a natural tooth.
A patient needs to be evaluated to ensure there is enough bone available to secure the implant. Impressions are taken to provide the necessary mold for a customized implant.
When the implant is ready for insertion, the doctor cuts the gum at the insertion site to expose the bone. The implant is inserted and the gums around the implant are stitched to close up the incision. Once the implant is firmly imbedded into the bone, a post is attached to it and then the doctor creates a permanent tooth replacement.
Types of implants:
Endosteal implants – These are inserted directly into bone, once soft tissue heals second surgery is performed to connect it with a post and artificial tooth is attach to it.
Subperiosteal implants – These implants are fitted onto the bone below gums.
Advantages of dental implants:
Implants fulfil our all desires as they have:
- Better appearance as they look like natural teeth.
- Great comfort as it would be fixed in a missing tooth area without any discomfort of dentures.
- Improved speech as it may not slip and cause slurring of speech like dentures.
- Easy chewing of any type of food with confidence.
- Better social life and self-esteem with a good facial profile and freedom from any embarrassment.
- Improved oral health as no other teeth are modified, teeth are intact with proper contours.
- It is convenient for the patient, as no need to remove it like dentures. There is no need for adhesives and denture cleansers for implants.
- It is biocompatible to oral environment
- It maintains the normal anatomy of bone, retains natural shape of face as it prevents bone loss and drifting of teeth.
- Implants have a better reliability and durability as its success rate is higher which is up to 95%
Dental Implants Before & After
- Single missing tooth with healthy adjacent teeth.
- Posterior missing teeth (partially edentulous)
- All missing teeth (complete edentulous) with excessive ridge resorption.
- Patients who demand better aesthetics and function.
- Patients in whom a denture replacement isn’t a good option as in the case of too young patient, mentally retarded patients, patients with poor ridges, sore spots and gagging.
- Patients with maxillofacial deformities.
- Patients with adequate and healthy bone.
- Any medical condition that makes anaesthesia, surgical procedure inadvisable that are heart diseases, immunological diseases, cancer, active bone diseases, mental disorders.
- Implant is not advised for children. It should be given after jaw growth completion.
- If there is inadequate alveolar bone height, width and structure.
- If normal anatomical structures such as an inferior alveolar canal, maxillary sinus, mental foramen have an aberrant position that may interfere with placement.
- Patients with poor oral health.
- Patients with parafunctional habits as bruxism etc.
Dental implant cost:
The cost of the dental implant procedure varies depending upon factors such as: any additional procedure that may be required prior to the procedure, eg. bone grafting; different types and qualities of the implant components used such as the type of abutments used; the type of prosthesis used; the experience of the implant dentist; among other factors.
At Smilemakers, we pride ourselves of having the latest in pain free, guided implant technology, and very experienced clinicians.
The FULL cost of dental implant procedure starts from $3950.
Call us to book an appointment for a thorough consultation and see whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Components of an Implant:
- Implant fixture
- Implant abutment
- Implant screw
- The crown
- Healing caps
There is no exaggeration in saying that dental implants nowadays, are the best option for replacing missing teeth with great comfort for chewing, longer lasting and lots of other advantages.