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An advanced dental implant

RESTORATIVE AESTHETIC dental surgery, a revolutionary concept in dental implants, was introduced in the State through a live dental process performed on an NRI patient at Medicare Hospital today.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 15:14 IST

RESTORATIVE AESTHETIC dental surgery, a revolutionary concept in dental implants, was introduced in the State through a live dental process performed on an NRI patient at Medicare Hospital today.

Exponent of the surgery in Indore, Dr Tushar Phulmbrikar, said that the technique made available by Nobel Biocare, Sweden, has revolutionised the field of dental prosthetics by introducing an alternative gaining an edge over dentures —  the only option available till now for people having lost the teeth. 

Dental surgery specialist Dr Kanir Bhatia from Mumbai performed the quick operation procedure on an NRI patient Shailendra Singh. 

Dr Bhatia who gave the live demonstration also interacted via video with dental practitioners as well as doctors and students from various dental colleges of the city. He said that earlier dentures were used as a substitute to teeth once a person had lost them in advanced age. However, they were ill suited for performing the essential functions of teeth like biting and chewing.

Furthermore, dentures had to be removed and cleaned separately, while there were chances of their coming out during a bout of severe cough or laughter and of being misplaced by people suffering from amnesia – a common ailment amongst the elderly.  

The restorative aesthetic dental surgery working on the principles of easy aesthetics, soft tissue integration and immediate function provides a clinically documented treatment concept with innovative crown and bridge implant. 

The implant made of titanium metal is fitted in the cavity by screwing it directly to the jawbone. Earlier the method required extraction causing much discomfort and having chances of getting awry. However, this has changed with the introduction of the concept of inserting the implant by drilling a hole using precise instruments.

The tissue is carefully parted for drilling the hole thereby, allowing it full chance of regeneration. The screw is removed after about four months by which time the implant firmly takes root. The entire procedure takes less than an hour and the patient is able to eat, drink and speak without a slur. The implant right from the moment of being placed in the mouth gives a natural look of teeth.

Singh, who underwent the surgery, said that although he was a US citizen he had an association with the State as he was born in Gwalior and had studied in SGSITS in Indore during the 1960s.  Dr Phulmbrikar was an old acquaintance and he had, therefore, reposed his trust by literally placing his teeth’s in his hands. As soon as he heard of his attempt at introducing the new concept in dental prosthetics he volunteered for getting the procedure performed on him here, added Singh.

Although being a US citizen entitled him to free health care benefits, the personalised attention and care offered in India served as the greatest enticement. He was also aware of the fact that India was emerging as a medico-tourism destination and people from advanced countries were coming here to avail of low-cost and high-quality of health services offered by India, said Singh.