Dental Implants – Are they worth it ?

It is like asking ,”Human teeth —are they worth it?

One thing I am sure of and I tell all my patients is that,”nothing in this world can replace original”. Very relevant for teeth also. They are really 32 pearls which we take for granted, but understand their importance once we loose them.

If there is anything that is physically, physiologically and mechanically most similar to human tooth than that is a dental implant.

So if you need an extraction than the best rehabilitation of that space would be with an implant.

Are you a suitable candidate for an implant?

Any healthy human can get an implant. Any medical condition like uncontrolled diabetes, radiotherapy or chemotherapy and any other immunocompromised condition will not allow implant to stay in bone as it will be rejected as a foreign body. Further the quality of bone has to be assessed by an X ray and CT scan. This helps us to know exactly which size and shape of implant would be needed.

Implant can be placed immediately after extraction, if there is no infection in bone. Or delayed usually 3-4 weeks after the extraction.

Crown on implant is fixed after 3 months as that gives time to the implant to fix in the bone, without any disturbance from direct chewing forces, but in certain cases like front tooth rehabilitation, an immediate loading (crown) is also done for esthetic reasons.

 Which implant to go for?

As technologically improves every new day, we have better things coming up. But they definitely comes at a price!

So, one should never settle for the cheaper version, as most probably that would be deficient in quality which is measured by surface treatment, threads in screw and density of implant material.

Caution with implants

1.Rejection is prompt in case of any immunocompromised situation in body.

2.There will be scattering when going for local CT scan/ MRI after implant placement.

3.You have to keep it clean likewise or even more than the natural teeth.

So it needs care with love.

So preserve your natural teeth by loving and caring for them. In case of loss of teeth dental Implants are totally worth

the money and time spent to get them !!

Till next time,

Dr V. Thakran 

DENTAL HEALTH AND A CHILD’s DEVELOPMENT – ARE THEY RELATED?

A child is the most innocent and beautiful creations of God. Innocent because they don’t think or act grey, its either black or white and anything so pure and unadulterated ought to be beautiful. They don’t know the little intricacies of smiling like we adults do, when to smile, when not to, formal smile, pleasing smile and sometimes even plastic smiles. A child’s smile is just that, sheer pleasure, fresh like dew drops and soothing like sunshine on a winter morning!!

I have my little daughters, elder one being nearly 5 years old. Like any other child she is also not very regular with her brushing regime (ironically yes!!). Being a dentist myself I tried to convince her of the bad effects not brushing can have on her teeth but she just gave me one of those “I don’t care” smile and moved on. Initially I thought to just let it go for I was also tired at the end of day but then the consequences dawned upon me.

I have seen many pediatric patients during my practicing years with lots of dental problems mainly decays and pain. One common thing which I noticed among all those children was a lack of confidence, that pure, never caring, confident smile was missing. They were conscious of the fact that their teeth did not look good, social pressure you see. And the main motive behind coming to a dentist was to get appreciation from friends, teachers and peers. This all set me wondering what would be going on in their little heads to handle all that pressure at such young age. I realized that the dental problem is not only giving child a physical discomfort but also hampering their overall physical and mental growth. I would not let that happen to my child.

I think it’s not their fault that they are suffering rather ours .We as parents should make that extra effort to give our child a helping hand to get through that 5 minute regime of brushing, morning and evening.  Believe me these 10 minutes daily you put in with child, ignoring their tantrums will definitely add on to your child’s physical well being and developing her confidence and overall personality. In a way we would be helping our society and country prosper.

A child should smile like one free, confident, fun and fresh!!

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my daughter DHUN!!!

Until next time smile healthy and live happily!!!

Dr Vandana Thakran

mintleafdental.in