About Dental Implant
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A Dental Implant (also known as an Endosseous Implant or Fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegration where materials, such as titanium, form an intimate bond to bone.
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails.
Are implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It's probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your implants - and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments - will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. If you don't look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
WHO ALL NEED DENTAL IMPLANT?
Any person with single or multiple missing teeth with reasonably good systemic health can undergo placement of dental implants for replacement of single or multiple teeth with the help of implant supported crowns, bridges or dentures.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES IF IMPLANT AVAILABLE?
TWO STAGE IMPLANTS (CONVENTIONAL IMPLANTS)
First, implants, which looks like screws or cylinders, are placed into your jaw. Then, over the next two to six months, the implants and the bone are allowed to bond together to form anchors for your artificial teeth. During this time, a temporary teeth replacement option can be worn over the implant sites. Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These temporary healing caps, along with various connecting devices that allow multiple crowns to attach to the implants, complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure. Various two stage implant system we are dealing with:
» Noble Bio-Care
» Leader Implants
» Neo-Biotech Implants
» ARDS Implants
» ADIN Implant System
SINGLE STAGE IMPLANTS
There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Your implantologist will advise you on which system is best for you.