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One or more missing teeth in your jawline can trigger poor self-esteem and lower your confidence. It can make eating, chewing, and speaking difficult and compromise oral health. But, thanks to dental implants, that provide a permanent replacement solution for decayed, broken, or missing teeth. Dental implants are more preferable replacement options than dental bridges and dentures. If you’ve recently lost a tooth due to dental decay, periodontal gum disease, or injury, getting a dental implant can help you restore your smile and confidence.
A dental implant is a small structure designed to be fixed in the jawline to replace a broken or missing tooth. They are made of medical-grade titanium and made to match the functionality of natural teeth. A dental implant consists of three parts-
The fixture is infused and embedded in the patient’s jawbone and acts as the artificial root for the missing tooth.
The abutment lies at the gum line and holds and secures the crown, denture, or bridge that is attached to it in place.
The dental prosthesis is fixed at the top of the abutment and acts as a natural tooth.
People who have lost a tooth may be advised to get a dental implant for the following reasons-
When you loose a tooth, it creates a space that can lead to bone loss. As a result of normal stress, chewing, and eating, the tooth next to this gap starts shifting its position. As a result, your healthy and perfectly aligned teeth become malaligned and unstable. A dental implant covers the gap created by the missing tooth and keeps other teeth from shifting their actual position in the jawbone.
A primary reason dentists suggest getting a dental implant is that they help you chew food better. Proper chewing of food ensures better digestion and nutrient absorption for overall health. When you have a dental implant, it allows you to chew the food the same way as you have done with your natural teeth.
Boosts self-confidence- Lost or missing teeth can cause social embarrassment and lower your self-confidence. When you have a missing tooth, you may feel bad and not smile often. But dental implants restore your natural smile and give you the confidence to smile again.
The dental implant is a surgical procedure performed in a dentist's office. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and comprises the following steps-
Physical examination and planning: First of all, your dentist would perform a physical exam, including x-rays and 3D scans to know the condition of your teeth and gums. After that, they will review your medical history and chalk out the best treatment plan for you.
Anesthesia: As a very first step of the procedure, you will be given a sedative or a jab of local anesthesia in the gums to reduce pain and discomfort during and after the procedure.
Placing the implant: The tooth root or implant is a small titanium structure embedded in the jawbone. Your dental surgeon would cut open your gum to get a clear view of the jawbone. Then, a hole will be drilled in the jawbone using a hand-held drilling machine, and the implant will be carefully placed and secured in the cavity made.
Bone graft: Bone grafting is an optional step and is generally required in patients with too soft or thin jawbones to hold the implant in place. A bone graft creates a solid base for the metal implant.
Fixing the abutment: Once the implant is fixed to the jawbone, now it's time to attach the abutment to the post. The abutment holds the new tooth securely. A dentist would cut open your gum to expose the implant, fix the abutment, and close it by shaping, cutting, and repositioning the gum flap around the dental implant and abutment.
Attaching dental crown or cap: Once your gums heal, your dental surgeon will take some more impressions of the buccal cavity to design the natural-looking tooth. The replacement tooth is made using aesthetically pleasing materials like porcelain to match the look and feel of your natural teeth. You can choose your replacement tooth to be removable, fixed, or both. Attaching the crown to the dental implant is the final step of the procedure. You may be prescribe some antibiotics and pain-relievers to reduce discomfort.
Since a dental implant is a surgical procedure, your gums may feel sore, irritated, and painful for a day or two. Your dental restoration team may prescribe you some pain relievers and antibiotics to reduce pain and discomfort. If these symptoms do not fade away one or two days after the procedure, consult your dental surgeon to diagnose the underlying cause.
Generally, dental implant procedures are safe and successful. In some cases, the bone fails to infuse with the titanium implant. Thus, your dental surgeon would remove the implant, clean the bone and try replacing the implant after about three months. Besides, maintaining good oral hygiene and regular follow-ups with your dentist can help the implant last longer.
The cost of a dental implant varies for each individual. It depends on several factors such as the number of teeth to be replaced, type of procedure to be followed, medical history, age, the dental surgeon's experience, etc.
At Thyme Dental Clinic, Gurgaon, our team of expert dentists and surgeon are committed to delivering the best treatments to our patients at a reasonable price. Our clinic is equipped with advanced technology and modern equipment to ensure the success of every procedure we perform. Besides, we follow a four-step sanitization protocol for your safety.Book a visit
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