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Dental Implants

What is an implant?

Dental implants are strong, biocompatible fixtures made of medical grade titanium, that act just like natural tooth roots. They are anchored within the jaw bone and support fixed or removable tooth replacements.

What are replacement teeth?

 Examples of replacement teeth include a single crown attached to an implant to replace a single missing tooth, or a bridge that is fixed to implants where multiple teeth are missing.

In an edentulous arch (where all teeth have been extracted), an implant-supported hybrid denture can be used to replace the whole row of teeth. Compared to traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures have better retention and stability, therefore they feel and function more like natural teeth.

When are implants appropriate?

When one tooth or several teeth are missing or when the whole jaw is completely without teeth. Various treatment and implant solutions are available.

Dental implants offer you many advantages:

  • Dental implants are accepted by dental professionals for over 40 years, as a successful and trusted method of tooth replacement used today.
  • Act like your natural tooth root. You do not feel the difference.
  • Are made of biocompatible materials. As a result, they are accepted by your body.
  • Your implant will normally last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene.
  • Maintain natural bone, and minimize further bone loss due to bone stimulation – one of the most important advantages.
  • Are minimally invasive. Your adjacent teeth are left untouched. Unlike a bridge, there is no need to grind down adjacent natural teeth.
  • Provide stability and comfort for a wide variety of replacement teeth solutions.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants are safe if done correctly and in the hands of a skilled professional. However, there are several factors that determine its success rate; hence the initial consultation is important.

What are the risks involved when getting a dental implant?

Complications and risks from dental implants are rare, but if they do occur, they include:

Infection at the implant site
If you smoke or practice poor oral hygiene, the risk of getting an infection increases

Allergy reaction
As most dental implants are made of titanium, they may cause allergy reactions in patients who are allergic to titanium. As such, please inform your dentist if you have a titanium allergy so he/she can use another material.

Inadequate bone support
This happens when the jawbone fails to heal properly around the implant. This failure can be caused by a number of factors, including smoking, low bone density and uncontrolled diabetes.

Injury to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels or sinus cavities

Nerve damage, which can cause pain, tingling or numbness in your teeth, lips or chin

How can I ensure longevity of my dental implant?

Go for regular dental check-ups

The best way to find out if your implant is in good condition is to visit the dentist regularly. It’s also recommended to take an X-ray of your implant annually.

Practice good oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene such as brushing and regular flossing will keep the gum and bone around your implant healthy. This reduces the chance of ‘peri-implantitis’, which is an infection in the gum tissue and/or the jawbone surrounding an implant.

Avoid biting on anything too hard on your implant

Biting on hard foods like nuts or chewing on ice can cause physical failure of the implant itself. This can be in the form of a broken abutment screw, or a fracture of the replacement tooth attached to the implant.

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