Our mouth is the gateway to our overall health. Surprisingly, most of us don't realise how powerful and beautiful our smile is and how we knowingly or knowingly take it for granted until we lose a tooth. Fortunately, there are endosteal implants that have significant advantages over other dental procedures.
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- What are Endosteal Implants?
- Is Endosteal Implant the right option for me?
- How is it done?
- How to take care of Endosteal Implants?
- Cost of Endosteal Implants
1. What Are Endosteal Implants?
Endosteal implants, which are also known as endosseous implants, can be defined as artificial tooth roots that are placed surgically into the jaw so that a stable anchor is provided to one or more prosthetic teeth. One of the biggest advantages of endosteal implants is that they effectively replicate the appearance and function of natural teeth by interacting with the jaw bone.
Meaning “within the bone,” endosteal implants come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. You should have a word with your dental surgeon to select from different types of endosteal implants. The best thing is that these dental implants can match the colour of the surrounding natural teeth.
2. Is Endosteal Implant The Right Option For Me?
You need to have a word with a reputed endosteal implant dentist before proceeding ahead with endosteal implants. It is imperative that you have healthy gums (free from any periodontal complications) and are in good dental and overall health. You should have a fully-developed jaw with enough bone. Also, you should not be using tobacco products.
You need to remember that endosteal implants can involve a lot of your time and you should be willing to plan accordingly. You should also spend quality time to know more about the different types of endosteal implants. Awareness about the varying types of endosteal implants will help you make an informed choice.
3. How is it Done?
The process of endosteal implants is completed in stages and requires several visits over a few months.
The process of endosteal implants starts with a detailed consultation from a trusted dental surgeon to see if you are an ideal candidate for endosteal implants. During this consultation, you may ask about the time taken to complete the procedure, types of endosteal implant material to be used, and more.
You will be able to make a better and informed decision by having a clear and complete understanding of the entire procedure and different types of endosteal implants.
If you are regarded as a good candidate for endosteal implants, you will have to make an appointment with a dental surgeon. At this stage, bone grafting may be required if and as required. General anesthesia, sedation, or local anesthesia may be used during the procedure. You will need to wait for at least 4-6 months for healing and get ready for a dental implant surgery.
Preparing and Inserting Implant
After anesthesia, the dental surgeon will make a small incision in the patient’s gum. Then, the dental surgeon will use a drill for going into the patient's jawbone where the screw will be strategically placed. An abutment is used by the dental surgeon on top of the screw that extends the metal post, on which the dental surgeon attaches the artificial prosthesis.
The jawbone will fuse into the endosteal implant that is referred to as osseointegration, a process that takes about two to six months. Generally, a temporary denture is used for eliminating the gap while the jawbone and screw fuse and heal.
Attachment of an Abutment
The dental surgeon will again make a small incision in the gum for attaching the abutment once the titanium implants have taken hold. This is the area that extends just above the patient’s gum where the new tooth of the patient will get attached to. At times, the abutment is added by the dental surgeon during the first endosteal implant appointment that eliminates the requirement for the second round of surgery.
Taking Impressions to Make Crown
You can expect to pay a visit to the dental surgeon two weeks after the placement of the abutment for impressions to make the crown. The artificial tooth may either be fixed or removable. A fixed tooth is either cemented or screwed by the dental surgeon into place on the implant abutment. On the other hand, a removable tooth including an artificial tooth may be removed for repair and cleanings daily.
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4. How to Take Care of Endosteal Implants?
The healing time associated with an endosteal implants surgery generally ranges from two to six months. During this phase, it is important to avoid any stress or force on the implants as they heal. Patients should visit the dental surgeon's office regularly after the endosteal implants surgery for follow-up appointments to ensure that healing is taking place and there are no infections.
It is highly recommended that patients must follow good oral hygiene standards that include routine teeth cleaning, flossing, and regular brushing. The use of silica toothpaste is recommended to eliminate any infection. Patients are asked by the dental surgeons to stay away from chewy or hard foods and tobacco products.
5. Cost of Endosteal Implants
In India, the endosteal implant cost is approximately INR 25,000-35,000. The final endosteal implant cost may vary as it depends on many factors such as the type of procedure performed, the expertise of the dental surgeon, the success rate of the dental clinic, medications, etc.
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