Dental implants are titanium inserts that replace tooth roots. These implants are meant to provide foundation for permanent or removable teeth that match your natural teeth. The procedure is very straightforward. The titanium bonds with the bone forming a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Posts protruding through the gums when attached to the implants provide an anchor for the artificial teeth.
A. With Removable implant overdenture: Removable Implant Overdenture
B. With Fixed implant supported bridges:
Improves the appearance : Dental implants look just like a natural
set of teeth. These implants are designed to rightly fuse with the bone and therefore
become permanent, which is obviously one of the major factors contributing towards
further improving your appearance.
Comfort : Unlike removable dentures that cause a huge amount of discomfort, dental implants became a part of your natural set of teeth and therefore add up to your comfort.
Eating efficiency : Dental implants function just like your natural set of teeth and so you can take your time chewing your most favourite food without pain.
Convenience : Frequent removal and refitting of removable dentures might seem quite frustrating. However, dental implants eliminate such a need. Moreover, these implants also do not require adhesives to keep them in place.
Who can go for Dental Implants ? : Anyone who is healthy enough to undergo an oral surgery can opt for dental implants. One needs to have healthy gums and enough bone. Above all, he/she must stick to a good oral hygiene and shouldn’t miss out on the dentist’s appointment.
Treatment with implants is a two stage procedure:Stage one:
The "Keyhole" or Flapless approach to place the dental implant is a common technique. It is used in the situation when the surgeon is confident about the amount of the underlying bone after CT scan and minimally invasive technique can be used. It allows to avoid extensive incisions, prevent tissue trauma and post-surgical discomfort, eliminate post-operative pain. In order to place the implant.
small punch is done and implant is inserted under local anesthesia, what usually saves alot of time and discomfort for the patient. This approach is possible in the cases when the patient has enough bone to place the implant, if the site was previously grafted and CT scan data confirms that.Post implant instructions:
1] Anesthesia: The feeling of numbness will begin to wear off in 30 minutes to 4 hours. Until that time, avoid all hot foods or liquids, and do not eat anything.
2] Cotton Pack: A folded cotton pack has been placed over the surgical site. There should be firm pressure on the surgical site to assist in halting the bleeding. Maintain firm biting pressure on the cotton pack for one hour.
3] Bleeding: It is normal for the extraction site to bleed slightly or ooze blood for 12 to 24 hours following surgery. Saliva tinged with blood is normal for 1-2 days.
4] Ice Pack: For the first 2-8 hours after surgery, ice packs should be applied intermittently to the outside of the face over the area of surgery. The ice pack should be held in place for 15 minutes or so, and then removed for 15 minutes. This will help reduce discomfort and swelling.
5] Diet: A cold and soft diet should be adhered to for the first 12-24 hours. It is important to drink plenty of liquids for the first day or two following surgery. Avoid the use of a straw as it may dislodge the blood clot that is forming in the extraction site.
6] Oral Hygiene: Clean the rest of your mouth as usual, however avoid bumping or brushing the surgical site. DO NOT GARGLE for the first 24 hours following surgery.
7] Medication: Some pain and swelling after the surgery is normal. If prescription medications were prescribed please use them and follow the instructions carefully. DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN PRODUCTS due to the possible increase in bleeding potential.
8] Precautions: Avoid touching and feeling the surgical site with your fingers and tongue. DO NOT SMOKE for the first 24 hours following surgery. Avoid spitting for 24 hours. Please swallow your spittle.
 Check Up: A check up the next day after surgery is recommended. Any sutures placed are non resorbable and need to be cut one week after the surgery.