Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. These are a brilliant option for people with single or multiple missing teeth.
Options for low cost dental implants are available in the leading dental tourism destinations around the world.
Over time, dental implants have become so popular that there is a separate branch of dentistry dedicated to them. The field is called implantology.
The root is essential to keep your jawbone strong and in good shape. In the absence of root, bone resorbs faster. Thus, imparting an aged appearance to the face.
Due to multiple reasons, dental implants are preferred over other traditional treatment options, such as removable dentures.
Given below is a table which highlights the differences between the two.
|Point of Comparison||Dental Implants||Removable Dentures|
|Nature of treatment||Fixed and permanent.||Removable and temporary.|
|Invasiveness||Surgery required.||Surgery not required.|
|Stability||More stable due to the root component.||Less stable since there is no root component.|
|Durability||Last a lifetime.||Need to be relined every few years.|
The ideal candidate will be:
You may have a comorbid disease and still be a good candidate for implants.
However, since it is a dental surgery, the following medical conditions might be a hindrance:
Overall, dental implants have a very high rate of success. The dental implant procedure is usually very flexible. By making minor changes, it can be made suitable for every patient.
Based on the number of implants, they can be classified as:
1. Single Unit Implants:
When one implant is used to replace a single tooth, it is called a single unit implant.
2. Multi-Unit Implant Systems:
Multiple implants are used to replace several missing teeth. Nowadays, implant systems are available which can replace all the teeth in one arch.
For example, the All-on-4 system includes four implants in the entire jaw, over which the prosthesis rests.
Likewise, there are All-on-6 and All-on-8 dental implant systems.
Dental implants can also be classified on the basis of their structure:
1. One-piece implants: These are implants which have an inbuilt abutment. The abutment need not be attached separately later on.
2. Two-piece implants: The abutment and implant come in a pair. The abutment has to be attached to the implant and is a separate component.
Just like a natural tooth has a root and a crown, the implant structure also has both these components.
These are stronger and more aesthetic than the traditional metal, or all-ceramic crowns.
Apart from these components, there are some other accessory parts or materials which are used only in specific cases.
For example, when the quantity of bone is less, a bone graft is used to strengthen it. The graft is then secured with a surgical membrane.
The possibility of bone grafts before dental implants is discussed with the patient during the treatment planning phase.
Dental implant procedures usually require a minimum of two appointments spaced 3-6 months apart.
The reason being that your oral health must be excellent before you undergo implant surgery. This decreases the risk of failure of the implant.
2. Treatment Planning
3. Implant Placement
The need for bone graft will only be established once your bone has been examined by the dentist.
4. Healing Phase
5. Final Appointment
Dental implants can cost you a fortune if you are planning to get them in a country like the United States or Australia.
The high prices can be attributed to high living costs. Another factor pushing up the prices is the fact that the dentists in these countries have to repay heavy student loans, for their dental education.
Moreover, the operating and labor costs to run a clinic in these countries are higher.
However, there are some places in the world where you can have affordable dental work without compromising on quality.
Dental implants in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Thailand cost around 20% of the cost in the United States.
Getting dental implants in Bangkok, Phuket, San Jose, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cancun and Los Algodones in Mexico cost between $700-800. Getting treatment done in these places also has an added advantage of an exotic overseas holiday.
1. Can I be put to sleep during the implant procedure?
Anesthesia is administered before any dental treatment.
If you are extremely apprehensive or anxious, conscious sedation can be given. One remains sedated and does not feel any pain. In rare cases, if a need is there, general anesthesia can also be administered.
2. How long will my teeth implants last?
If good oral hygiene is maintained, an implant can last you a lifetime!
However, some habits like smoking and bruxism can cause damage to an implant.
In case you have any such habit, be sure to inform your dentist so that they can tell you the appropriate protocol.
3. Can previously-placed implants be used along with new implants?
This will depend on the position of the previously placed implant. If it lies in a favorable position and is in good health, it might be possible to use the implant.
You can discuss this with your dentist during the consultation phase.
4. Why do I need to make 2 trips?
In between the two trips, there is a period of healing.
This is the time when the bone fuses to the implant surface in a process called osseointegration.
The failure to fuse will result in a failed implant. Only after fusion, the permanent crown can be attached, and the implant can become active and load-bearing.
5. What kind of diet is recommended after dental implant placement?
Depending upon the procedure, semi-solid to soft diet is recommended for a few days. It is recommended to take a diet free of nuts and chips, to prevent trauma to the gum tissue in the mouth.
6. Can I smoke after dental implants?
Studies reveal that smoking increases the dental implant failure rate by manifold. It is recommended that for a few weeks after surgery, the patient refrains from smoking.
Smokers are advised to join some support groups to get them through this phase. They can also use e-cigarettes with nicotine-free liquid.
7. How long before I can go back to work after dental implant surgery?
Most of our patients have reported going back to work within a week. A 5-7 day rest is recommended after the surgery.
In case you have any underlying medical condition, your rest time may be more. This is just to let your body recover its strength.
8. What if I am afraid of getting surgery?
Our fears are usually based on the experiences that we hear from friends and family. Every dental treatment has a different course.
Plus, dentistry has come a long way. There are painless methods like lasers which are being used in some cases.
For surgeries, there are different types of anesthesia available. Conscious sedation is a popular technique for apprehensive patients.
9. Will I be able to eat everything after getting implants?
Yes! Dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth. You can eat anything you want.
10. Do implants need special maintenance?
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