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Dental Implants

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What are dental implants?

Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts called abutments or connectors are attach to these implants these protuberances provide stable anchor to crowns.

Why Select Dental Implants Over dental bridges and removable dentures ?
The surrounding teeth structure should be sacrificed to bridge the missing space i.e we need to grind the adjacent tooth to place a bridge.
In addition, removing a complete denture or a partial denture at night may be inconvenient and at the same time these dentures do give the fear of them slipping while speaking or sometimes they do slip causing lot of embarrassment .

Surgical Procedure
The placement of dental implants involves 2 surgical procedures.
First, implants are placed within your jaw. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jaw. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw, the Second phase begins. Your doctor will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums that will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. This entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Surgical Advances
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, our doctors are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where an implant can be placed in the socket as soon as that tooth is extracted by minimizing the number of surgical procedures.

Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a prosthodontist. While Dr Srinivas will perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, our prosthodontist fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. He will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

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