A dental implant is a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months.
The dental implant acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. In turn, this "artificial tooth root" serves to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
Having a dental implant fused to the jawbone is the closest thing to mimicking a natural tooth because it stands on its own without affecting the nearby teeth and has great stability.
Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone , they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
A connector – known as an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
Why would you need a dental implant?
When you have a severely decayed tooth which is beyond repair and needs extraction then dental implants serves to replace that root of that tooth or teeth
There are three options available for teeth replacement:
Removable dental appliance are the more affordable option for replacement teeth but they are the least desirable because of the inconvenience of a removable appliance in the mouth, compromised aesthetics. Furthermore, dentures can affect one's taste and sensory experience with food.
Fixed bridges was the more common restorative option prior to the relatively recent shift to dental implant treatment.
The main disadvantage to bridgework is the dependence on existing natural teeth for support.
Implants are supported by bone only and do not affect surrounding natural teeth.
What are the various Types of Dental implants in India?
Although well with over 100 companies produce implant and implant components.
There are just handful of major dental implant companies that are well- known and well- respected worldwide.
Some of these companies are :
Straumann dental implants, Zimmer bionet, Nobel biocare, MIS, Biohorizon, Dentsply etc
Depending on the time frame dental implants can be further categorised:
Two step implants- Placement of implant is carried out in two steps over a minimum time period of 3 months.
The first step involves the placement of implant.
The second step requires the placement of the crown after removing the healing cap after 3 months.
single stage implant - it's the latest technology in which tooth is extracted in the same appointment and the roots of the natural tooth are replaced by the single body implant. And it is further followed by the crown.
There are many factors to be considered before going for dental implants such as
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