Experiencing a tooth loss? Don’t worry, a dental implant can fix that and bring a complete smile back to your face. It replaces a tooth loss with a fixture of the same shape as the tooth root together with an artificial tooth.
When only a single implant is needed, a fixture is placed and the prosthetics are made for the individual tooth.
An implant-supported bridge is a viable option for multiple missing teeth. The bridge connects the prosthetics to one another and ensures stability.
When two or more implants are placed to provide stabilization of the denture and preserve the underlying bone.
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.
An implant overdenture is where two or more implants are placed to provide stabilisation 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.
Appliance connecting implant and denture
Structure corresponding to a natural tooth and a root
Poor fitting dentures 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”.
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 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.
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.
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.
There should not be any pain associated with the surgery as the procedure is conducted under a local anaesthesia to minimise any patient discomfort.
In most cases, healing will be quick. Some minor discomfort can be expected but it can be managed with the use of oral painkillers.
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.
Stick to soft diet after the surgery and avoid brushing the surgical area for the first two weeks.
For 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.
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.
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.