Dental Implant Singapore
Nowadays, dental implant is the go-to option to restore missing teeth. The implant, which is made of titanium, is placed at where the tooth root would usually be. When completely fused to the bone, a post or abutment is attached to the implant before a crown, bridge or denture is fitted over the abutment to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
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When Do You Need Dental Implant?
Dental implants might be your best option when it comes to restoring missing teeth. You may need to consider dental implants if:
- You have missing teeth and it is affecting your smile, lifestyle and confidence.
- Your dentures are uncomfortable
- You wish to preserve your existing or neighbouring teeth
Dentures & Bridges Supported by Implants
If multiple teeth are missing then most likely, there are not enough teeth to provide long term support for bridges. This is where implants are required to support multiple implant crowns or implant-supported bridges.
If most or all of your teeth are missing then implant-supported dentures may be a suitable option. For full denture wearers, loose or ill-fitting issues may occur as bone support recedes. Implant-supported dentures on the other hand are firmly clipped in hence preventing any fitting issue.
Single Tooth Implant
It is important to replace missing tooth due to:
- The gap left by the missing teeth may make your smile less attractive.
- Missing teeth can affect your speech.
- Missing a tooth for instance a molar can make chewing difficult.
- If a missing tooth is not replaced, other teeth near it may shift or tilt towards the gap left by the lost tooth.
- Missing teeth lead to the damage of supporting bone structure. This eventually causes the skin on your face to sag making you appear older than you actually are.
The Benefits of Dental Implant
- Dental implants firmly hold artificial teeth. Therefore a tooth, bridge or denture attached using implants cannot move or slip off your mouth whenever you are talking or eating.
- Implants provide a firm grip which makes artificial teeth feel and appear more natural as compared to normal dentures or bridges.
- Dentures supported by implants are more comfortable as compared to normal dentures.
- Dental implants prevent shrinkage of the jawbone especially where teeth have been lost.
- With proper care, your implants can last for decades, providing you more value for your money.
Dental Implant Procedure
The implant treatment procedure normally comprises of three key stages:
Firstly, your dentist uses x-ray images to identify the precise location where the dental implant(s) will be inserted. Afterwards, your dentist will proceed to insert the implant(s) inside the jawbone.
The jawbone grows and fuses with the implant surface, holding it firmly. This process is known as osseointegration and it can take a number of months for the implant to be completely fused with the jawbone.
Prosthesis (Replacement Tooth/Teeth) Placement
Your dentist makes a tooth customized just for you also known as crown if you are undergoing single tooth implant procedure. For implant-supported dentures and bridges, there will also be customised dentures and bridges that fit nicely in your mouth and look similar to your natural teeth.
Who is Suitable for Dental Implant?
To be suitable for implants, your supporting jaw bone structure should be in a good condition to support dental implant(s).
Despite the effectiveness of implants, not everyone is suitable for dental implant surgery. Before undergoing implant surgery, the dental surgeon must verify with the patient if he/she has any existing medical conditions. On top of that, one needs to have adequate bone structure to provide support to the implant. If the bone structure is inadequate, then the patient will need either bone grafting or sinus lift surgery.
If your dentist recommends implant treatment, you need to maintain good oral hygiene as this determines if the implant treatment will be successful. You need to ensure that the area near the implant is clean otherwise you might be more prone to gum disease. Gum disease damages bone structure and gum tissues which are supposed to provide support to the implant.