A dental implant is a threaded fixture made up of titanium and is inserted into the jaw bone to replace missing teeth. It functionally acts as the root of the natural teeth on which the caps or crowns are placed. Dental Implants are now the mainstream protocol in aesthetic and restorative dentistry. Dental Implants are indicated when a single tooth is lost, multiple teeth are lost, or all teeth are lost. Dental Implant treatment makes you show and feel that your teeth are real and part of your mouth. Dental implants also free a patient from the discomforts of the ill fitting denture.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Feeling as natural as a natural tooth
- As comfortable as a natural tooth
- Chewing remains an enjoyable experience
- A dental implant has the same strong chewing force as that of a natural tooth
- Increased stability and retention in a denture
- Relief from discomfort of wearing dentures
- Maintenance of healthy jaw bone.
A patient with absolutely no teeth in his / her mouth can now have fixed teeth, which function and act as a natural human dentition, provided some care is taken too.
Replacement of teeth without Dental Implants
Metal and ceramic bridges are also commonly used to replace one or many missing teeth.
zirconia crowns, precious metal crowns, laminates, veneers, metal free ceramic crowns are nowadays gaining popularity due to their true to nature appearance and function.
Replacement of teeth can also be done by means of removable full or partial dentures, which are available in many different types like ordinary acrylic, leucitone, flexible dentures depending on the choice and economic criteria of the patient.
Orthodontic Tooth Correction
20 – 30 % of the population have their teeth in improper alignment. If it is not corrected on time, it may give various types of problems in future like food lodgments between the teeth, poor aesthetics, cavities, and eventually periodontitis (diseases of the gums). which may lead to tooth loss at an early age.
These types of teeth and dentition can be corrected by means of orthodontic braces treatment. with the advent of colorful, white, fancy braces, nowadays school and college students also don’t find it embarrassing to wear braces. best possible results are achieved when the braces treatment is done at an early age of 14- 21 years.
Habit Breaking Appliances
Many young children have habits like thumb sucking, mouth breathing, putting a cloth or towel in mouth, tongue thrusting habits, which may lead to protrusion of teeth in front. these types of habits can be stopped by various types of habit breaking appliances.
Uncooperative patients, small children that cannot cooperate on a dental chair or are very scared to get their treatment done, they are treated under general anesthesia or conscious sedation in a minor operation theater and all their dental treatment is done in one day in a few hours.
Root Canal Treatments
Root canal treatment or endodontic treatment is needed when a tooth gets badly decayed and causes pain. In such cases the nerve of the tooth which is located in the root of the teeth is removed and the root is thoroughly cleaned. Then an artificial nerver is obturated in to the canals of the teeth which are now free from the previous infection. This is the method to save a badly decayed tooth.
the gum irregularities like bleeding gums, bad breath due to diseased gums, food lodgments in gums, tooth mobility, gummy smile, etc can be corrected by easy and comfortable flap surgeries (gum surgeries). in some cases a bone graft or a tissue graft is also helpful to restore the appearance of the gums and the jaw bone.
Cosmetic Restoration / Fillings
Cavities in teeth can now be filled and restored by the latest composite, tooth colored fillings. And the old method of silver fillings which cause blackening of teeth, poor aesthetics can be got rid of due to this immensely popular, cost effective and hassle free composite restorations.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation By Dental Implants:
Full mouth rehabilitation by dental implants is for those who have lost all their teeth and want fixed teeth in both their jaws.
In such cases, 6 – 8 dental implants are placed in each jaw, and if required, bone grafting, tissue grafting, sinus augmentation surgeries are also done to ensure proper deep and stable placement of implants. After which the teeth are restored in the form of fixed ceramic or zirconia bridges in the oral cavity. More and more people are now preferring Dental implant rehabilitation over the conventional complete dentures.
Oral Cancer Detection
Oral cancer is one of the most fatal cancers of all. If not detected early, it can agonizingly restrict the patient’s survival to only a few months after detection. At our office, we help in detection of cancer by means of early brush biopsies and then guide them; counsel them to do what suits the case best. This is a part of our humanitarian cause and it gives us a sense of immense satisfaction.
Teeth whitening can be achieved easily by means of bleaching procedures which do not have any kind of side effects and are very cost effective.