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Dental Implants in Chennai

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are frames, metal posts & other structures. These devices provide a strong foundation for the fixed or removable replacement teeth. In most cases, these are positioned surgically into the areas beneath the gums, into the jawbones. Dental implants can be fabricated using several materials, depending upon which their lifespan vary.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

For getting the maximum use of dental implants, the patient needs to maintain good oral hygiene. The health of bone in the jaw should be sufficient to support the implant. A person is a candidate for dental implants if he/she has the following conditions:

  • If a single/multiple tooth is missing.
  • If the set of teeth is missing. Implants can be used in place of dentures.
A full mouth examination is needed before deciding if dental implants needs to be fixed or not. Such an examination can help the dentist to identify the dental conditions.

What are the pros and cons of dental implants?

The major advantages of dental implants are as follows:

  • Improved speech & appearance: Dental implants are designed such that they very much resemble the natural tooth. Compared to dentures, dental implants are very much tight and compact. Hence, dental implants allow us to speak more clearly.
  • Improved oral health: When these dental implants are fitted, more tooth portions is left unaffected. They hence do not cause disturbance to the existing structure. This leads to improved oral health.
  • Durability & convenience: The durability of dental implants is very high compared other appliances. Dental implants do not need the use of messy glues to keep them intact. However, existing devices like dentures requires such paraphernalia.
These implants also have some disadvantages, which are:
  • Long healing time: In general, dental implants have a long healing time. During the healing stage, the person can experience negative psychological effects, such as pain & worry.
  • Sinus cavity damage: The bone that is used to support the dental implant is lined to the sinus cavity. Therefore, any disturbance or damage to this bone can further affect the sinus cavity.

Classifications of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are broadly classified into 2 categories. These are: Endosteal implants: The word 'endosteal' refer to 'in the bone'. Hence, they are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Either a single or multiple prosthetic teeth can be supported by an implant. For those individuals with removable dentures like bridges, these can be beneficial. Subperiosteal implant: These are implants that are placed 'on the bone'. In these implants, the post of the metal framework protrudes through the gum so as to hold the prosthesis in the correct position.

Why do we do dental Implants?

Dental implants are one of the natural tooth replacements developed. Many people opt these implants to correct the teeth loss due to disease, injury related tooth disorder etc. Dental implants can also be placed if the patient is not so much satisfied with the existing oral apparatus like loose dentures, bridges etc.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

The success rate of dental implants depends upon various factors. In general dental implants have a success rate of 75% & above. For actually knowing the success rate, the stability of the implants has to be achieved and maintained.

Do Dental Implants last?

Dental implants of sufficient quality can last even for a lifetime, if they are maintained properly. Therefore, maintenance and quality of these implants are decisive factors that determine the implant lifespan.

What factors contribute to long-term success of dental implants?

Long term success of dental implants depends up on many factors. The first thing is the quality and quantity of bone. After fitting, it is your duty to keep it firm and clean. Bacterial infections can affect the life of dental implants. You may have to avoids habits such as smoking and bruxism in order to avoid the problems such as bone loss and gum disease. Your general health can also affect the life of dental implants. Choosing a good surgeon can be a factor that can determine the long-term success of the dental implants.

How often will I need to have my dental implants checked?

The life of dental implants may depend upon how well you maintain them. They should be cleaned and checked properly by the dentist every three or four months to ensure its life.

What is the relative cost of dental implants?

The cost of dental implants may vary according to the surgical procedure used and the doctor's fees.

Is the placement of Implants painful? How long does it take?

No. The procedure of placing implants is not painful. The procedure will be done under local anesthetic and you will not have to face any kind of discomfort during the period. It may take 30 minutes to 3-4 hours to complete the procedure.

How are implants better than conventional dentures?

Implants are more aesthetic and easier to maintain when compared to that of the conventional dentures. You may feel difficulty while eating certain food items using conventional dentures. Whereas, you may not have to face such kinds of difficulties using implants. Implants are better than that of conventional dentures in many aspects.

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