It's just a matter of time before India's toothless population gets artificial teeth as efficient as the natural ones.
Owing to the progress made in dental care over the years in the form of state-of-the-art implants, complete dentures are available in the country, supported by implants that replicate the chewing capacity of natural teeth. Implants are screw-like titanium replicas of tooth root used by modern dental professionals for replacing missing teeth.
Around 30% of country's above 70 population and 12% of the population between the age of 60 and 65 years do not have teeth, which adversely affects their chewing capacity and nutrition resulting in poor general health.
Nearly, 1,000 dental experts are participating in the three-day - November 20-22 - 8th World Congress for Oral Implantology, a department that deals with replicating missing teeth using implants to reflect upon ways of increasing the success rate of implant surgery and rehabilitation.
Minister of state for communication & IT, Sachin Pilot, inaugurated the congress. "Implants have revolutionised dentistry world over, as it is the most natural form with which we can replace teeth. Dentures have their limitations, but implants can be fixed within the bone and grows naturally with very good biting power," said
Dr Mahesh Verma, director-principal of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi's.
Such events will greatly help progress of dentistry in India by bringing together finest minds in the field, he added.
The earlier congresses were held in other countries, including Japan and the US.
"India was chosen as the venue for the 8th congress due to its increasing recognition in the world of healthcare and dentistry, particularly in Implantology. As many as 800 delegates from 40 countries are participating in the meet. They will undergo hands-on courses and advanced surgical sessions at the institute," he added.
With around 23,000 new dental graduates passing out each year from its 290 dental schools, India has the potential to contribute substantially in the research undergoing in the field of implantology.