What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a treatment to place a fixture with the same shape of a tooth root in an area of tooth loss together with an artificial tooth in the area to substitute the tooth.

 


Benefit

Improved Speech

Ease in Eating

Improved Comfort

Better Oral Health

Durable


Implant Treatment Procedure

The whole process to replace missing tooth with dental implant takes about 4 to 9 months depending on the availability of bones. If a patient has sufficient bone thickness and height, the whole process takes between 3 to 4 months to complete as it takes about 3 to 4 months for the patient's bone and the inserted titanium to fuse together. 

If a patient has reduced bone thickness and height, either artificial bone made of minerals or the patient's own bone from somewhere in the body is placed onto the inserted implant to encourage bone growth and bone fusion between the titanium and the patient's existing bone. This process may take 6 to 9 months.

The process of placing Dental Implants is a very comfortable procedure and is mostly done under Local Anaesthesia. You can also choose to have the Dental Implant procedure done under General Anaesthesia.

Implant Treatment Options

  • Single tooth replacement: When only a single implant is needed, a fixture is placed and the prosthetics are made for the individual tooth.

Single tooth implant

  • Implant-supported bridge: An implant-supported bridge is a viable option for multiple missing teeth. The bridge connects the prosthetics to one another and ensures stability.

Implant Supported Bridge

  • Implant overdenture: When two or more implants are placed to provide stabilization of the denture and preserve the underlying bone.

Implant Overdenture


 

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Implant FAQs

Q1. What are the risks in implant procedure? 

It is necessary to have a consultation with your dentist prior to a procedure to understand your health condition and access your suitability prior to the procedure. When oral hygiene is not in a good condition or when other diseases such as diabetes or osteoporosis are present, scar restoration may be limited. 

Q2. What is the recommended age for implants? 

There is no age limitation for implants. However, implant placement need to be determined after a careful examination of medical risks of a patient e.g. systemic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension.

Q3. Is there any pain associated with the procedure? 

There should not be any pain associated with the surgery as the procedure is conducted under a local anesthesia to minimise any patient discomfort. 

Q4. What can I expect after the anesthesia wears off?

In most cases, healing will be quick. Some minor discomfort can be expected but it can be managed with the use of oral painkillers. 

Q5. When can I resume my normal activities?

Most people return to work within a day or two after the surgery. It is normal for the stitches to be dislodged during the first few days. If you are an existing denture wearer, your denture may need to be adjusted to ensure a better fit during this interim period.

Q6. What about eating after implant surgery? 

Stick to soft diet after the surgery and avoid brushing the surgical area for the first two weeks. 

Q7. What is the post-procedure care required for implant? 

Post-implant treatment, it is necessary to have good oral hygiene care just like how you care for your natural teeth and preventive care through regular check-up with your dentist is required.

Q8. How long does dental implant last?

A sucessfully integrated dental implant given proper care should last for many years. However, implants can fail if you do not practise proper oral hygiene techniques. As such, it is important for you to visit your dentist at least twice a year to assess your overall oral hygiene condition and the implant stability. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups will help to ensure the long term success of your implants. 

What is an Implant Overdenture?

An implant overdenture is where two or more implants are placed to provide stabilization of the denture and preserve the underlying bone. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implant is used when a person does not have any teeth in the jaw but has enough bone in the jaw to support the implants. The implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implant.

Implant Overdenture

 

 

Benefits of Implant Overdenture

  • Promotes better digestion: Poor fitting dentures are often held in by using adhesives. Implant overdentures utilize dental implants so that they are more stable than adhesives. Improved stability allows you to chew food more thoroughly, helping your stomach break down food more efficiently and absorb more nutrients.
  • -         Helps retain your facial features and structure: The natural process of resorption (shrinkage) that occurs when you have an unhealthy or under-stimulated jaw as a result of missing teeth can cause the distance between your nose and chin to shrink. This shrinking can make your face look “sunken-in”.  

  • Slows down bone loss by stimulating the bone in your jaw: Your implant overdenture will continue to stimulate your jaw bone when you eat or chew. This stimulation will slow down or even stop the resorption (shrinkage) process because it is acting like a tooth root in your bone.
  • Dentures worn on the upper and lower jaw are more comfortable: When your denture is retained with implants it fits more securely than one held in with only adhesives. This fit also increases the stability of the denture reducing or even eliminating unnecessary movement during chewing and talking. This lessens the instances of sores and embarrassing dislodgement. 

Am I a Good Candidate?

To find out whether you are a good candidate, schedule an appointment with our dental clinician for an initial consultation. Once the assessment of your dental health is done, our clinician will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.