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Are Dental Implants right for me?
When making an important decision such as receiving Dental treatment, we need to make sure the services suit our Individual needs! Potential reasons to explore the Dental Implant option are as follows:
- Dental implants are more beneficial and preferable over other traditional forms of tooth replacement. They have proven to be a safe foundation, a strong and effective solution, replacing teeth for over 30 years.
- They are fully functional, natural looking and aesthetically pleasing restorations, designed to last a lifetime and improve self confidence. You will be able to eat hard foods with confidence and without any issues
- They are an ideal replacement option as they last much longer than bridges or dentures
- Implants prevent bone loss that are associated with missing teeth
- There are no age restriction for a dental implant (unlike alternative options)
Why are Dental Implants important? Do I really need them?
Your appearance is not the most important issue when it comes to missing teeth. When teeth are missing or removed, the structure of the jaw is drastically impacted and subsequent bone loss can significantly change the shape of your smile, how you chew and even how you speak.
When teeth are removed, many patients are unaware that missing teeth have a profound affect on the structure of their jaw. Your teeth help the bone mass in your jaw to stay strong and supported.
Bone loss, as a result of teeth removal, can change the way your jaw operates. Having dental implants standing in for the root of a natural tooth stops bone loss and also provides the bone with the stimulation it needs to maintain its form and density, the maintenance which would have originally been provided by the tooth.
As bone loses width and height due to a missing tooth/ teeth, gum tissue also gradually decreases. With this, the ability to chew and speak can be impaired, leaving you feeling uncomfortable and frustrated. Bridgework and dentures – although addressing the cosmetic problem of missing teeth – are quite often only covering the issue, as they do not prevent eventual bone loss.
Spacing is also impacted. In general your teeth are constantly moving. Missing or removed teeth that are not filled allow for your other remaining teeth to move into the space, causing spacing issues which can be painful. Permanent dental implants allow you to maintain proper chewing function and keep your jawbone functional and healthy.
Ultimately, we recommend that the best way to minimalise the risk of permanent damage or deformity, is an implant.
What is the process of receiving implant? What is involved?
Dental Implants include three different components : a fixture, an abutment and a crown. Fixture is the part which goes in to the bone, abutment screws on top of that and the crown (new tooth) is cemented on the abutment.
To break the process down:
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone-space of a lost tooth. Over a period of 3 to 6 months, the dental implants are left to fuse with the jawbone – creating a solid foundation for your new tooth. This process, known as Osseointegration, helps the implant remain sturdy long after it has been inserted. Once this is complete, a porcelain crown or bridge is fitted and secured to your implant, creating a brand new tooth that looks and feels completely natural. The most suitable implant depends on your individual situation; this also applies with the options to have one or multiple implants.
Most screws are made of Titanium, a lightweight and non-magnetic surgical material. The benefits of this specific metal is that the human body is compatible and does not reject Titanium as a foreign object, meaning that the bone and gum are able to grow naturally around the implant (Osseointegration).
The procedure of inserting a single dental implant takes approximately 1-2 hours. Healthy patients typically only require two treatment visits. The recovery time for dental implants always depends on the individual patient. Subject to your circumstances, the downtime could be a couple of days or a couple of weeks. On average, it takes just a few days to feel normalised. The complete healing of your jawbone and gum tissue takes approximately 3-6 months.
Book a consultation with Dr Morris Dong today!
Looking for a satisfying and cost effective result? Dr Morris Dong will examine your case and establish a individualised Treatment Plan, unique to your specific needs. This appointment is where you will have the opportunity to discuss Implant options, minimally invasive solutions, recovery, product specifics and payment options.
Still not sure if implants are right for you? Its a great idea to speak to Dr Dong before making any decisions. This is a life changing solution, you will need to spend some time with your dentist assessing whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.