Dental Implants

The long-term solution for loose dentures and tooth replacement Genuinely beautiful. Naturally permanent.

Thousands of patients around the world now enjoy secure dentures that snap right in place without any adhesives! It's possible because they visited their dentist one day and had implants.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial substitute/replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth and is anchored into a pre-drilled socket in your jaw-bone to support a crown, bridge or secure a denture firmly in place. Implants are made from titanium, a material that is well tolerated by bone and integrates easily with bone tissue. During the placement of a dental implant, the goal is to achieve a close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue so they can "fuse" together (osseointegration), creating a stable support for the new teeth.

How is a dental implant placed?

Before any implants are placed, it is important for your dentist to assess the health of your teeth and gums. If there are any signs of gum disease or decay, these must first be treated. Thereafter, your treatment will be planned following several x-rays and, in some cases, a CT scan to assess that bone quality and check for nearby anatomical structures to avoid before any drilling. The procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthesia; Please go to the following links to know more about this

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The advantages of dental implants over dentures and bridges:

  • Reduced bone loss
  • Improved function
    • Natural teeth- 100% function
    • Dentures -50-60% function
    • Dental implants- 90-95% function
  • Improved dental hygiene
  • No need to drill or remove any healthy tooth structure
  • while replacing missing teeth with dental bridges, the teeth adjacent to the gap need to be prepared and healthy tooth structure is removed to accommodate a crown or bridge abutment to fit over the top of the tooth
  • Better aesthetics
  • if done correctly, a dental implant should be indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth. Dentures can come loose and look unnatural if they do not blend with your gums, and some bridges and dentures have unsightly metal clasps to hold them in place.

Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants can be placed in patients of any age (with fully developed jawbones), provided that they have a sufficient quantity and quality of bone tissue available. Most healthy individuals that maintain a good oral hygiene program are suitable candidates for dental implants. Circumstances where implants may not be suitable, or situations that have an increased risk of implant failure, include:

  • Heavy smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake 
  • Periodontal gum disease
    all active gum disease must be treated prior to any implant procedure to ensure the long-term success of any treatment. Periodontal disease is a major cause of bone loss, which would hinder the success of any implant procedure.
  • Immuno-compromised individuals (steroids, auto-immune disease, patients undergoing radiation treatment).
  • Teeth grinders (bruxism).

How will I know if I have enough bone for implants?

Using a combination of dental X-rays and a CT scan, your bone density and volume can be assessed, and information about nearby anatomical structures to avoid (such as nerves) can also be gathered.

What if I don't have enough bone for dental implants?

The alternatives for replacing missing teeth include dentures and bridges. However, there are various bone-grafting and tissue-regeneration procedures that can be carried out to enable treatment with dental implants:

Sinus augmentation (sinus lift)

if you need to replace missing teeth at the back of the upper jaw, a sinus augmentation, whereby new bone in the sinus is created, can increase the height of the bone available for the placement of implants in this area.

Bone grafting

this is where a piece of bone is taken from somewhere else and secured over an area that is deficient in bone; over time, the newly placed bone will fuse with the underlying bone creating a better environment for an implant to be placed.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth and they can last a lifetime depending on how well you look after them. Like any other restoration, your implant-supported teeth can still be damaged by trauma and affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene.

Laser dentistry

Laser dentistry incorporates state-of-the-art technology in various aspects of dental health practice and treatment. Although laser dentistry may improve the precision of your treatment while minimizing pain and recovery time, the technology has yet to break into the mainstream of dentistry. Laser dentistry is a new technique that can improve the precision of your treatment while minimizing pain and recovery time.

Why Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry is viewed as a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. Those seeking extreme safety and comfort may select a laser dentistry option.

The potential for laser dentistry to improve dental treatment comes from the precision with which lasers can treat an area of focus, the control that laser dentists have over power output, and the duration of exposure on the skin.

Here are some of the major benefits associated with laser dentistry:

  • Procedures performed using dental lasers may not require sutures.
  • Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
  • Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
  • Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
  • Wounds heal faster and some tissue can be regenerated.
  • Greater acceptance by children

Laser Dentistry Treatment Improvements

The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be capable of performing. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have become adept at incorporating the state-of-the-art precision technology into a number of common and not-so-common procedures.

• Teeth whitening: one visit procedure

• Gummy Smile correction : Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.

• Gingival de-pigmentation: removes gum pigments and gives pink gums

• Benign Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.

• Cold Sores: Low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated with cold sores and minimize healing time.

• Crown Lengthening: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue and bone to expose healthier tooth structure. Called crown lengthening, such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for a restoration.

• Laser gum care

• Muscle Attachment (Frenula): A laser frenectomy is an ideal treatment option for children who are tongue tied (restricted or tight frenulum) and babies unable to breast feed adequately due to limited tongue movement. A laser frenectomy may also help to eliminate speech impediments.

• Nerve Regeneration: Photobiomodulation can be used to regenerate damaged nerves, blood vessels, and scars.

• Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures.

• Temporomandibular Joint Treatment: Dental lasers may be used to quickly reduce pain and inflammation of the temporomandibular joint.

Endodontics

EndodonticsA root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed in India. This treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for extraction.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or multiple dental procedures. Signs and symptoms of a diseased pulp can be identified by visible traumatic injury or decay of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, spontaneous pain in the tooth or swelling of the gums or adjacent tissues.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend endodontic treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 95% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or sometimes during the course of treatment.

Most patients are comfortable returning to their normal routine following treatment including driving.

I'm worried about x-rays. Should I be?

While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray equipment. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to your dentist electronically or on digital media.

What new technologies are being used?

Operating Microscope:
As with all aspects of heathcare, technology has revolutionized how we perform treatment. Such is the case with the use of the operating microscope. The magnification and intense illumination aids greatly in performing treatment objectives.

Laser assisted root canal disinfection
99.9% organism free.

Rotary Instrumentation:
The use of this modern armanentarium facilitates predictable and efficient treatment.

Electronic Apex Locators:
This device reduces the amount of radiographic images required to perform treatment.

Digital Radiography:
Reduced exposure required compared to the conventional radiographic film technique.

Orthodontics

Metal with ligature

  • Most common, popular
  • Appropriate for most type of treatment
  • Uses rubber-band (ligature) to hold the arch wire
  • Pros:
    • least expensive
  • Cons:
    • more visible than ceramic
    • less comfortable
    • less hygienic, ligature traps food particles
    • longer treatment time

2.Ceramic brackets

  • Type of braces Tom Cruise had
  • Clear made of ceramic (porcelein) or polycarbonate (plastic)
  • Teflon coated or fibre glass archwire (less flexible, do not move teeth readily)
  • Ceramic - will not stain
  • Polycarbonate - will stain and wear off
  • It's the ligature that stains, not the brackets!
  • Pros:
    • blend in with most teeth, not very visible
  • Cons:
    • Rubber band can stain which defects aesthetics
    • More expensive

Lingual braces

  • Placed behind teeth
  • Metal brackets
  • Pros:
    • not noticeable
  • Cons:
    • hurt tongue, difficult to speak initially
    • more expensive because treatment is specialized
    • longer treatment than traditional brackets