Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium alloy implants that are anchored into the jawbone Titanium alloy is the material that is used in joint replacement procedures (knee and hips). It's strong lightweight and has been proven safe Who is a candidate for dental implants? You may be a candidate for dental implants IF:

  1. ° You are missing one tooth or more
  2. ° You are wearing a full or partial denture/loose dentures
  3. ° You have problems with existing crowns or bridges

Benefits of dental implants

  1. ° Avoids grinding down healthy teeth for conventional bridgework
  2. ° Avoids bone loss and gum recession associated with tooth loss
  3. ° Makes dentures secure
  4. ° Improves speech
  5. ° Helps promote long-term facial integrity.

Can I still eat my favorite foods with implants? Yes implants are remarkably strong so you can eat and enjoy whatever you like. They restore proper chewing, leading to a better diet and improved health. Everything from apples to deep-fried anything. Do implant procedure cause much pain? Relax. In most cases these procedures produce very little, if any, discomfort. In fact many patients do not have to use any painkiller. The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. Leading dental organizations consider dental implants the "standard of care" for the replacement of missing teeth. As a patient it is imperative that your dentist uses a clinically proven implant system. The requirements for enquiry about dental implants. If you want to enquire about dental implants please provide the following information along with your enquiry.

  1. ° Age and gender of the patient.
  2. ° The location of the missing tooth or teeth (for example upper left back tooth.)
  3. ° When was the tooth/teeth removed.
  4. ° Medical history- presence of any medical condition like diabetes, blood disorders, cardiac history and any medication you are currently taking.

An IOPA x-ray of the tooth in question or the missing tooth region or an OPG (STANDARD PANORAMIC VIEW) of the jaws or a CT SCAN (DENTA SCAN) of the jaws to assess the bone. The CT SCAN and digital version of the IOPA x-ray or OPG can be directly forwarded to the e mail. If it is analogue version the X-rays can be kept against the light and a photograph can be taken and sent by e mail.

What factors decide the cost of dental implants?

The cost of dental implants is decided by the following factors.

  1. ° The manufacturing or make of implants -If the implants are manufactured by internationally renowned companies from GERMANY, U.S or SWISS, they cost more. That is simply because these implants adhere to the international safety standards and are approved by CE and FDI . On the other hand if the implants are manufactured in INDIA they cost lesser. The patient can finally take a call on which make of implants to be used. Remember that the implants are going to be placed in your jaw bone and have to stay there for a life time. So choosing the right make of implant contributes to the success of the procedure.
  2. ° The expertise of the implant surgeon - Implant placement is a very sensitive procedure which requires careful diagnosis, accurate treatment planning and precise execution of the surgical and prosthetic phases .Implant surgeon who has undergone extensive training and has enough experience in handling difficult cases is required to make the entire procedure safe, risk free and successful for the patient.
  3. ° Infrastructure of the surgery/clinic - Implant surgical procedure requires state of the art facility and advanced equipment to make the entire procedure safe and comfortable for the patient. It is not a routine dental procedure like filling or cleaning. Implant procedure requires a complete STERILE ATMOSPHERE with proper sterile draping of the patient and adherence to strict asepsis during the procedure and the latest equipment to make the procedure risk proof.

At Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital for dental implants we have implant surgeons who have undergone extensive international training in implant placement. They have enormous experience in handling most difficult cases requiring sinus surgeries, bone grafting and on lay graft procedures. We have separate surgical theater required for the procedure and adhere to STRICT PROTOCOL OF ASEPSIS during the surgery to make the procedure safe for the patients. We do not compromise on the quality of the implants used during the procedure. All the patients will have access to the details pertaining to the make of implant and FDI and CE approvals.