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    “Yes! Dental Implants……………..Don’t miss life because of missing teeth”

Dental implants as we know them today were invented in 1952 by a Swedish orthopaedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Today, they are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. The success rate for dental implants is close to 98%.

 Your doctor suggested a dental implant to replace a tooth, you immediately have many questions about implants including the process, total cost, and what to expect from the surgery. You can always ask your dentist these questions, but you may not think of important questions until you have already left the office. To ensure all your questions are answered before you get a dental implant, read our comprehensive list of the common questions (and the complete answers) prior to scheduling your surgery. Replacing a lost tooth is important to restore maximum function, maintaining the alignment of surrounding teeth and preserving the facial contours.

Your pearly whites don’t just look pretty, they are important place holders for each other. Over time, those teeth adjacent to a toothless gap can drift to fill the space and move out of alignment. An Implant is actually a tooth root replacement to which a separately fabricated crown is attached. For successful implantation, there must be a sufficient amount of healthy jaw bone to anchor the implant and the adjacent gums and teeth must be healthy.

  Some common facts regarding dental implants are:-

-          Dental implants are the next big thing to your healthy natural teeth.

-          Dental implants are built to last that makes them your best long-term, cost effective solution.

-          Dental implants allow you to enjoy life without worrying about your teeth.

-          Dental implants retain your natural face shape and smile.

-          Dental implants protect your healthy bone.

-          Dental implants keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup like dentures.

-          Dental implants allow you to speak easy so you are not embarrassed.

-          Dental implants allow you to eat your favourite foods.

-          No cavities with dental implants.

-          Dental implants are more predictable than other repair and restoration methods.


-          What exactly is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a threaded titanium screw which is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Many people incorrectly believe that a dental implant makes up the entire replacement tooth; in fact, the implant replaces the root only. The dentist places the crown or cap on top of the replacement root.


-          Why do people get Dental Implants?

If a person is missing a tooth or a series of teeth, a dental implant may be suggested. Missing teeth can cause a number of problems including difficulties in chewing or eating. Advantages of having dental implants are:-

- Dental implant offers an independent support and retention to crowns and bridge work.

- Dental implant preserves the natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down the adjacent teeth like in  conventional bridgework.

- Dental implants will preserve bone and significantly reduces bone deterioration that results in loss of jaw bone height.

Once one gets dental implants, they no longer have to struggle with gaps caused by missing teeth. These people feel more confident in their smile and can attend social functions without fear of uncomfortable situations. Dental implants give one a beautiful smile, more confidence and the ability to resume eating solid foods without worry. 


-          Does the body ever reject an Implant?

Very rarely does a person’s body reject a dental implant. The jawbone readily accepts the implant and the few rejections that do occur are caused by rare allergies to the titanium alloy that makes up the implant. Another reason for implant failure comes from the person’s care after surgery. Without great oral hygiene, regular teeth fail and eventually fall out. A dental implant is no different. Taking care of your teeth, even the implants, prevents gum decay and structure failure in the long run.

- People suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease

- Patients who have had radiation therapy to head or neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

 It is contraindicated in cancer, immune disorders, pregnant and person below 16 years of age.


-          Are Dental Implants noticeable?

Not even you will be able to tell you have a dental implant. Implants are made to feel completely natural in the mouth. The dentist matches the colour and the shape of your other teeth to the crown on the implant. The only way to discover a dental implant involves a radiograph (x –ray) to show the metal that replaced the root of the tooth.


-          Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants have been proven safe for patients whose health allows for surgery. They provide a longer-lasting alternative to a bridge or dentures and restore comparatively more functionality to teeth. Persons who smoke or suffer from bone loss issues may not be a good candidate for dental implants. Speak to your dentist to see if you qualify for surgery.


-          What is the procedure of placing a Dental Implant?

 The entire process takes around 4-6 months and is done in two stages, unless more complex surgery is required.

 During the 1st appointment, your surgeon inserts the implant into the jaw bone. Then the surgeon covers the implant with gum tissue to allow the implant to heal properly. Placing a single implant may take as little as 30 minutes, while a complex surgery requiring multiple replacements can take more than 1-2 hours. After the implant is placed, the surgeon sends you home with a temporary bridge or denture  so that your teeth appear cosmetically intact.

2-3 months later, you return to the dentist for fabrication of the crown on the dental implant .Measurements are taken for the same and 2 weeks later, you come in for the final fittings. This may take just 1 appointment or you may need to come in multiple times to ensure the correct size, colour and proportion of the new tooth.


-          How long will Dental Implants last?

Dental implants last up to 40 years if taken care of properly. They often last a life time for patients that regularly brush, floss and follow the dental recommendations made at their checkups. While a dentist cannot guarantee the long term success of a dental implant, the dentist can provide guidelines and suggestions to better care for your teeth. These suggestions are based on proper hygiene procedures, your own genetic history including diseases that run in your family and your nutritional habits.

Dr. Krinita Motwani

Khar west, Mumbai.

Tel : 9820280343 / 9819002288

Email : drkrinitamotwani@gmail.com




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