No one likes a poor set of teeth more so if you have some of these missing. Advances in technology and skills have made it possible for us to go for more vibrant, enduring and beautiful options. After all, it’s about good smiles.
With household Hollywood names like Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and George Clooney undergoing implant treatment for bright and defined sets of teeth, people are realising two things: one, the importance of beautiful teeth is just as much as the attire we don, and two, age is not a factor for implant treatment.
Implantology is a branch of dentistry dealing with dental implants – which means an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone.
How can dental implants affect our lives?
It may be a good idea to understand importance of implantology by comparing it to cosmetic surgery. The latter can help us feel up-beat and relaxed while shooing away vulnerabilities. Dental implants too are known to enhance self-esteem and confidence of patients. The prospect of begetting a beautiful smile that enhances our appearance makes the thought of a dental implant treatment a little more pleasing.
However, appearance is not the be-all and end-all. We require functional importance to match the pleasing aesthetics. This is why dental implants become a must-do as an overall solution for poor or missing teeth. What makes implants doubly comforting is the fact that their feel and functioning are like natural teeth which restores normal chewing capacity; and in turn helps in absorbing nutrients from food. They are also easy to care for and clean because they remain firmly attached to the jaw; where the maintained facial structure adds to a youthful appearance – and it is a long-lasting solution! This is quite an advancement over the traditional dentures.
Lack of awareness
However, not many, not even in big cities are aware of the advances in implantology as well as the associated benefits. According to a 2018 survey conducted by the Department of Dentistry, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and reported in Journal of Dental Implantology on its awareness in an Indian metropolitan population, merely 32% people were aware of dental implants as an option to replace missing teeth. The survey was conducted on 1000 individuals from 8 dental clinics in Mumbai, which also observed that 85.45% participants were ready to restore their missing teeth via such options.
It is clear that people would be willing to acquire dental implant treatment if there was better awareness on it. This lack of awareness seems unfair because recent advances in Indian dentistry are offering refined, predictable, and simple solutions. The developments include implant systems such as the KOS (King of Singlepiece), the BCS (Basal Cortical Screw), and the BOI (Basal Osseo Integrated) implants. Such advancements have allowed the possibility of placing dental implants in patients in whom it wasn’t possible earlier. Apart from being simple procedures, they are relatively economical in India as compared to many other countries in the world.
According to DentalImplantCostGuide.com, the average treatment costs in India are nearly five to seven times lesser than that of USA. India and China are the leaders in the Asia-Pacific dental implant market growing at a CAGR of 6.5%. The expanding elderly population, increasing disposable incomes, and rising dental tourism are among the major reason for the emerging market in India.
(Writer Dr Sheo Sevak Pandey is Implantologist, Clove Dental. Views expressed are a personal opinion.)