The most frequently performed procedures in periodentics are dental implants. Dental implants started gaining prominence after 1970 and have become ever popular since.
Dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It is a viable be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) teeth that are made to match your exact natural teeth.
Once an implant gets integrated into the bone (takes approximately 3 to 6 months), the final tooth will be delivered which works almost as your natural tooth. These are fixed, with 90-98% chewing power as compared to natural teeth. The image given below will help you to understand the differences between a natural tooth and an implant.
The dental implants, usually made of titanium (which is lightweight, strong and bio-compatible metal and hence has a very low chance of being rejected by the body) in the shape of a screw, are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. A patient number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
Implants are safe, well-established treatment. Much like natural teeth, implants can last long if good oral hygiene practices are followed by the patient.
Over time, technology and science have progressed to greatly improve the outcomes of dental implant placement. Today, the success rate for dental implants is close to 98%.
Dr Himadri Chakrabarty is a leading dental impantologist in Kolkata who has performed over five thousand implants since 2004.