What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants have sparked a revolution in the field of dentistry, and Acharya Dental Chennai is proud to be one of the pioneers in bringing this field to India more than two decades ago. Dental implants are titanium inserts which are placed in the jaw bone and serve to restore one or more missing teeth. They are also used to more effectively retain dentures, and patients who wear dentures retained by them are very happy with the added security and comfort that they provide. Acharya Dental is one of the early pioneers of bringing this technology to India over two decades ago.
Why can’t I just get a bridge?
A major advantage of implants over conventional bridges is that no adjacent teeth need to be reduced in order to place a dental implant. In a bridge, neighboring teeth need to be shaped down to accommodate a bridge and replace a missing tooth. When implants are used, the neighboring teeth are spared and the missing tooth is effectively restored. In some cases, the cost of a single dental implant and a crown is exactly the same as a cost of a bridge, so there’s even more reason to spare the adjacent teeth and avoid placing a bridge when an implant can be used.
How is the procedure planned?
After a detailed planning phase which involves diagnostic impressions, xrays and CT Scans, the implants will be placed into your mouth under local or sedation anesthesia. In certain conditions, we can go ahead and immediately restore them with artificial teeth and you can walk out of the surgery with brand new teeth. In some cases, we will have to wait for a certain time period to ensure that the bone around the implant is healed before we replace the missing tooth or teeth. In general, this waiting time before the final restoration is made is between 3-6 months.
We practice implant dentistry under local anesthesia, optionally using general or Sedation anesthesia. All types of implant treatment ranging from conventional implantology to more advanced techniques such as All-on-4 and Zygoma implants are done at Acharya Dental. We use a coordinated team approach consisting of a surgical and restorative dentist to ensure that you get the best result possible. All of the various options available to you will be discussed at the time of your appointment.
When can Implants be placed?
In general, dental implants should be placed only after growth of the patient has stopped, which is around 18 years. This ensures that the implant is in the right place to hold the future tooth after the completion of growth.
What can I expect during the surgery?
All procedures are done under local anesthetic. There is an option of performing the procedure under conscious sedation or general anesthesia as well. Most patients report little to no discomfort during the implant surgery as we ensure sufficient anesthesia before commencing the procedure.
What can I expect after the surgery?
Post surgery discomfort, if present, is managed by over the counter pain medication. Most patients report little to no discomfort after the procedure. Mild swelling may be present for 2-3 days depending on the procedure. A diet of soft food may be advised immediately after the procedure till the healing process is complete. Care and maintenance (cleaning) instructions will be provided to you by the team, and you will visit Acharya Dental in 1 week for a follow up appointment.