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 care during pregnancy- it’s not about only you, but baby too!!

Hello all!

Since last 2-3 days I was thinking about writing a new blog and searching for some informative and use full topic of dental health. Incidentally, in last few days I happened to see three pregnant ladies at my clinic for one or the other dental problem and I realized that during pregnancy mouth, teeth, gums and oral health are somehow overlooked. It is a fact that physiological and hormonal changes in body leads to increased gum problems in all pregnant ladies but generally swollen gums and bleeding from gums is totally ignored and only few of them report to a dental surgeon maybe if there is any pain or chewing problem. This is the extent of taking yourself for granted. I believe that during pregnancy it’s not just about you, it’s about the baby too!

Today I would like to emphasize on the importance of a healthy mouth and oral cavity in pregnant ladies. During pregnancy there is an increase in hormone estrogen levels in body and gums in our mouth has a special attraction for this chemical leading to an increase in swelling or inflammation tendency. If you have not been keeping up well, with your oral hygiene before conceiving than you are at receiving end for gum bleeding and other dental ailments during pregnancy. If you were doing well and never visited a dentist before, still you need to get yourself examined by a dentist because there are fair chances that you may develop the signs of inflammation during early weeks after conceiving.

Now there is this big question on every pregnant ladies mind that,” what’s the big deal I can handle at least this much if I have decided to give birth to a new life”? Then I must tell you my dear friends that it’s really about the baby too because the infection that you carry in your mouth and the chemicals released in inflamed gums can cross the uterus and the protective barrier around your unborn baby and can harm the foetus. Recent research suggests seven fold increase in the risk of pregnant ladies delivering pre term, low birth weight babies as infection spreads to uterus. The effects can lead from minor deformities to still births depending on the physical status of the mother.

So all my dear ladies do take very good care of your teeth and oral health!! And do not forget to see your dentist at the earliest sign of gum disease.

baby

Till next time

Dr V Thakran & team

Smile healthy, live happily!!