Teeth give a definition to our face and smile. The loss of teeth
immediately gives a sunken appearance to the face and can alter
ones self-esteem. Teeth play a role in aesthetics, form and
There are three main options
A dental implant is an artificial structure replacing the tooth root
which look similar in shape to screws. This is fitted by a small
connector called the “Abutment” which is then covered with a
custom made cap similar to your natural tooth.
Dental Implants are placed surgically in the jawbone (the screw
part is not visible outside, it is embedded in the bone) to replace a
missing tooth. It is made of commercially pure Titanium that is the
only substance that can fuse with the natural bone and provide a
strong foundation for subsequent tooth replacement.
A wide variety of dental implants are available today. At our Clinic
Dental Folks, we select Implants which meet International Quality
standards such as Nobel Biocare, Osstem, Straumann, Alpha
Biocare. We perform Implants with utmost care in terms of hygiene
The first step involves making physical impressions of your teeth
for analysis of the type of tooth replacement, bone height width
etc. A Cone Beam Computed Tomography Scan (CBCT) is
required for a comprehensive understanding of the situation, the
relation of important structures such as nerves, adjacent teeth
close to the implant site. Implant placement is a Technique
sensitive procedure and should be done with utmost caution by a
trained specialist. It is also prudent that the implant should be
placed in a hygiene and sterile manner to avoid any kind of failure.
The surgical treatment is done under local anesthesia , hence
there is no pain during the treatment. A small incision is made and
a punch hole is made for implant insertion. Bone grafts may be
placed for individuals with inadequate bone at the implant site. The
process is non invasive and relatively quick as all parameters are
previously meticulously planned before the procedure (like the
length and diameter of the implant). The healing is also fairly quick.
Although there may be some facial swelling after the procedure
and mild heaviness post insertion which usually resolves within a
week. You may also be given stitches that have to be removed
after two weeks. As with any surgical procedure, antibiotics and
analgesics are given to minimize the risk of infection.
Following the first visit, a minimum period of 3 months later the
second visit is planned wherein the implant is uncovered and a
healing cover cap is placed and left for a few weeks. Then the last
step involves an extension (abutment) portion that is placed only
after ensuring that the implant has fused with the natural bone.
During these 3 months we can place temporary tooth options in
the missing space. An impression for the final cap is then made in
the subsequent visit.