An implant-supported bridge is a viable implant option for those missing multiple teeth. The dental bridge connects the prosthetics to one another and ensures stability.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone and held in place with a titanium abutment, which acts as an anchor for artificial teeth. Implants act like natural teeth roots, providing stability and support for restorations such as crowns and bridges, as well as dentures.
Dental implants don’t require special cleaning or any dietary restrictions because they are securely fastened to the jawbone. Though traditional methods of tooth replacement merely restore form without offering function, dental implants provide both form and function to bring a person’s smile back to life.
A dental implant is a sound way to replace lost or damaged teeth. The implants consist of a titanium rod that is surgically implanted into the jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation for the new addition. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, an abutment and customised crown are attached on top.
These two components provide enough strength to make eating and normal speaking functions possible. After receiving a dental implant, patients can go about their daily lives knowing they have securely replaced their lost tooth. This modern solution provides an effective way to restore patients’ smiles in the most natural-looking way possible.
The whole process to replace a missing tooth with dental implant takes about 4 to 9 months in Singapore 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.
An implant overdenture is where two or more tooth implants are placed to provide stabilisation of the denture and preserve the underlying bone for patients in Singapore. 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.
Appliance connecting implant and denture
Structure corresponding to a natural tooth and a root
Poor fitting dentures in Singapore are often held in by using adhesives. Implant overdentures utilise 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.
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”.
For patients undergoing this in Singapore, 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.
When your denture is retained with dental 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 as you go about your day in Singapore.
It is necessary to have a consultation with your dentist in Singapore prior to a dental implant procedure to understand your health condition and assess 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.
To find out whether you are a good candidate, schedule an appointment with our dentist 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.