Missing teeth can be a cause of concern for people of various ages, starting from a small child to geriatric patients.
There could be different causes for a missing tooth. For children the reason could be decay, congenitally missing or just during the transition phase where milk teeth are shed. For adults or geriatric patients it could be due to decay or gum diseases (weak gums / no bone support).
For children =
If your child’s age is below 12-13 years of age, he is still in the transition phase where his milk teeth will fall off one by one and permanent teeth will erupt. Every tooth has a sequence of exfoliation and eruption. A visit to a dentist and a full mouth X-ray will help understand presence of all tooth buds and their approximate time of eruption.
For adults =
Depending on your dental condition and doctor’s advice, you can opt for a tooth / teeth replacement.
A tooth could be missing for various reasons – missing from birth / it became loose in the gums and fell off / grossly decayed and destroyed by infection. Teeth replacement can be planned for such missing teeth (single or multiple).
Dental Implant can be an ideal replacement for missing teeth. It is made up of Titanium metal screw which is placed in your jaw bone in place of the missing tooth on which a crown is placed. It can be used to replace any number of teeth, be it one, multiple (implant supported bridges) or the entire arch (implant supported dentures).
Implant treatment takes place in two steps – Stage 1 involves the implant placement into your jaw. Once the implant is placed, it takes a period of around 3-6 months for the implant to stabilise in your bone and the gums to heal. Stage 2 includes placement of the crown / bridge / denture which is attached to the implant.
*Immediate loading i.e. immediate placement of implant can also be done / planned following the tooth removal. In these cases, the broken / damaged tooth is removed and the implant is immediately placed in the socket. This procedure saves patient from undergoing the second surgical stage.
Implants cannot be placed for every individual. You are the correct candidate if you have good bone quality and quantity, you are medically fit and you do not grind your teeth at night. A dental consult along with certain X-rays will be able to confirm the same.
Implant is not contraindicated for medically compromised patients.
However since implant placement is a minor surgical procedure, your medical health is of utmost importance to us.
Kindly share your medical history in detail with us so that we can control and avoid any kind of complications which may arise during the procedure.
Placing an implant involves a minor surgical procedure which is done under local anaesthesia. Post the placement, you may be required to take pain killers for 4-5 days along with antibiotic course. Once healing starts within a week, you will not experience any discomfort / pain. In case you do, kindly let us know. Second Stage involves placement of the abutment and crown which is a non invasive procedure and hence painless.
Not required, only if you wish to. On the surgery day and the next 2-4 days you may feel little pain / discomfort which can be reduced with the help of pain killers. Also it will be comfortable for you if you avoid excessive activity.
An implant is a well established, tried and tested treatment. 90% of modern implants last for at-least 15 years.
For each and every missing tooth an implant placement may not be required. If 1 tooth is missing, a single implant and crown will be placed for replacement. If 2-4 teeth are missing, 1 or 2 implants may be required, and 2-4 replacement teeth in the form of a bridge can be placed taking support of these implants. If the entire set for an arch is missing, the replacement denture can be prepared on 4-6 implants. This is decided by the implantologist based on your dentition and oral conditions.
Cost depends on your dental condition. A CT scan of your jaw bone will be required to assess the quality and quantity of the bone where implant is to be placed. If the condition of your bone is good, then we can directly proceed with implant placement, else we will let you know if any additional procedure is required (which will be charged separately).
On an average the cost varies between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 70,000.
Depending on your requirement, you can choose from the following:
Crowns – Metal coated with Ceramic / all Ceramic / Zirconia.
Bridges – Metal coated with Ceramic / all Ceramic / Zirconia.
Dentures – Simple conventional denture / Hybrid denture.
Sinus lift is an adjunct surgical procedure which is performed for certain cases. It may be done if implant has to be placed in the upper jaw mostly to the back side and bone height is not sufficient due to large sinus size.
In this procedure the inner lining of the sinus is pushed upwards and supported with artificial bone material. This helps in gaining desired height of the bone to place an implant. It is performed by trained surgeons.