Dental Implants – 9 Reasons To Say YES!

Dental Implants – 9 Reasons To Say YES!

Dental Implants are dental prosthetic devices which imitate the function of a tooth root connecting the gums and crown to replace missing teeth. 

Dental Implants are the dental care “wonder” that replace any permanent teeth lost during  adulthood.  A lot of adults lose their teeth sometimes due to injury and sometimes due to certain medical conditions related to oral health (tooth decay, periodontal diseases  and so on).

The loss of a permanent tooth can lead to multiple oral health complications. This is where dental implants prove to be extremely useful. 

Dr Vikram Pandit (BDS, MDS Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon) explains what are dental implants and 9 reasons why dental implants will prove to be beneficial for you in this blog.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth roots which look like screws and are made up of titanium. Since dental implants mimic a natural tooth root, they are placed in the jawbone via oral surgery. 

Dr Vikram Pandit, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon of Pandit Clinic, Pune notes that when dental implants are surgically fixed in the jawbone the body and the implant are given months of time to fuse together. This process of fusion between the dental implant and jawbone is called “osseointegration.”

Titanium is preferred for dental implants because the body allows the integration of the implant with the jawbone naturally and does not view titanium as a foreign object. 

Since their invention in 1952, dental implants have come a long way. Today the success rate of dental implant surgery is almost 98% making it one of the safest and most effective oral surgeries. 

Is It Worth Getting Dental Implants?

Dr Vikram Pandit, one of the most renowned Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Pune believes that dental implants should be recommended when the patient has lost a tooth/teeth. 

The goal of dental implants is to retain the functionality and the aesthetics of the natural tooth through the surgery. If a missing tooth or a couple of missing teeth are left untreated or ignored it may lead to – 

  1. Deformation of dentition
  2. Widening of the tooth gap
  3. Induction of dental caries/gum disease
  4. The patient begins to look older than his/her actual age
  5. Absorption of the gingival bone when left untreated for a prolonged period of time. 
  6. Diminished digestive function due to the inability to chew well. 

To avoid all of these serious oral care issues dentists immediately recommend dental implant procedure to patients with missing teeth. 

Dental implants need bone grafting surgery before actual implants are placed inside the mouth.

Know more on Dental Implants and Bone Grafting Surgery

Why Dental Implants Are The Best Choice For Replacing Lost Teeth?

Reason #1 Natural Smile And Comfort

Dental implants are made of titanium which easily integrates with the jawbone and are affixed with crowns that resemble a natural human tooth. They look exactly like the patient’s natural teeth. A smile with a missing tooth can give a lot of people a slight inferiority complex. But thanks to dental implants, the smile looks wholesome and natural. It helps the patient regain their confidence!

Reason #2 Zero Chances Of Developing Dental Caries

Dr Vikram Pandit highlights the advantage of dental implants when it comes to dealing with dental caries. Dental implants are made of titanium which is one of the strongest metals known to mankind. They are not susceptible to tooth decay, unlike natural human teeth. Thus, once your dental implants are in place and integrated properly your chances of developing dental caries is zero for the artificial teeth. This comes as a great relief to a lot of patients because they are aware of the problems caused by tooth decay.

Reason #3 Chewing Remains Same As Natural Teeth

When we chew our food our muscles create a Masticatory Force which helps in breaking down the food morsels into smaller sized particles. A major concern raised by patients who are about to get dental implants is whether or not dental implants have the same masticatory force as natural teeth. The simple answer is yes, dental implants have the same masticatory force as natural teeth. This makes chewing food easy and free from any discomfort. In fact, once the integration process is over, patients are not even able to distinguish between chewing with their natural teeth and chewing with their implants.

Reason #4 Improved Maintenance Of Oral Cavity

When a tooth is extracted or is lost of its own volition, an empty socket and bone are left behind. If left untreated, the bone density reduces and may attract more serious oral health problems. But when a dental implant is placed, it fortifies the bone and supports the oral cavity. Thus, dental implants improve the maintenance of the oral cavity and reduce the chances of other dental problems too.

Reason #5 Retains Natural Tasting Ability

Dental implants do not affect the natural tasting ability of the mouth. They allow the taste buds to work just the way they used to with natural teeth. Dental implants are a sophisticated piece of dental technology that has already factored in the human need to be able to taste the food we eat. Sliding dentures are notorious for their difficulties with chewing, tasting and even drinking beverages. But dental implants cause no pain or discomfort whatsoever to the patient.

Reason #6 Adjacent Teeth Are Also Preserved

Most complex dental surgeries such as bridges, dentures etc. involve changing the structure of the adjacent teeth. Dentists either reduce the size of adjacent teeth or make some other adjustments to accommodate the bridge or dentures. But in case of dental implants, they do not touch the adjacent teeth unless necessary. Dental implants become a part of the natural structure of the patient’s teeth and help in the preservation of the overall oral health of the patient.

Reason #7 Long Lasting Lifespan

Dental implants are an economical dental treatment that falls under the semi-permanent category. If patients take the right steps to maintain their oral health then dental implants are known to last a whole lifetime for the patients. Dental implants are not a cosmetic or elective procedure, they are necessary for the patient’s oral health, hence they are covered under dental insurance too. This makes the procedure not only durable but also affordable for patients.

Reason #8 Freedom From Dentures

Dentures are removable dental appliances that combat the problems of missing teeth. But dentures are known to be uncomfortable, tedious to maintain and feel unnatural. Good dental implants will immediately take away all the issues caused by dentures and give patients 100% freedom from dentures. Most patients are happy with dental implants because they do not need to take any special measures to maintain them and can continue to lead a carefree life.

Reason #9 Improved Speech

One of the most neglected consequences of missing teeth is the difficulty faced by patients when speaking. Missing teeth can cause slurring, stammering and lisping to a patient who has no previous history of speech-related problems. This can cause the patient emotional distress. When dental implants are placed the patient’s speech shows marked improvement. This is important because it directly affects the patient’s confidence and mental health.

Dr Vikram Pandit believes that apart from the rational and scientific advantages of dental implants one of the most vital benefits of this treatment is regaining self-confidence. Patients who undergo dental implant surgery at Pandit Clinic in Pune have rediscovered their natural, beautiful smile and their confidence! 

We hope you enjoyed reading this blog. If you have any questions or need more information about a procedure, please schedule an appointment with Dr Vikram Pandit at Pandit Clinic, Pune. You can also get in touch via panditclinicindia@gmail.com or +91 88059 80048

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Dr. Vikram Pandit

Dr Vikram is a well trained Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. He completed his international fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery from Taiwan. His areas of interest include Oral surgeries, management of wisdom teeth, maxillofacial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, cleft lip and cleft palate. He has also trained in surgeries for Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring.