Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial substitute for the root portion of your natural tooth. It is anchored into a pre-drilled socket in your jaw bone to support and secure a dental crown, dental bridge or denture firmly in place.

Implants are made from titanium that is well tolerated by bone and integrates easily with bone tissue.

Types of dental implants

These are full, regular sized implants that can help to achieve close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue.

The objective is to “fuse” them together (osseointegration) to create a stable support for the new teeth.

Pros
  • Better strength and stability
  • Able to change the angle of the crown if necessary
Cons
  • Complex surgery
  • Longer healing time
  • Higher cost

MDIs are a great alternative for patients who are uncomfortable with a full implant or are worried about the cost.

They are the most

  • Patient-friendly
  • Cost-effective and
  • Proven dental implant system available today

The mini implant is about two times smaller than the normal sized implant. It is commonly used as a temporary measure, replacement for small teeth or incisors or a means of stabilising the lower denture, especially in older patients.

It comprises of a slim titanium rod that has a retaining fixture which can be incorporated into a denture.

Its head is shaped like a ball and the retaining attachment contains a rubber ‘O-ring’ that acts like a socket.

Pros
  • No complex surgery required
  • Shorter procedure and healing time
Cons
  • Less strength and stability
  • Less flexible

These are full, regular sized implants that can help to achieve close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue.

The objective is to “fuse” them together (osseointegration) to create a stable support for the new teeth.

Pros
  • Better strength and stability
  • Able to change the angle of the crown if necessary
Cons
  • Complex surgery
  • Longer healing time
  • Higher cost

MDIs are a great alternative for patients who are uncomfortable with a full implant or are worried about the cost.

They are the most

  • Patient-friendly
  • Cost-effective and
  • Proven dental implant system available today

The mini implant is about two times smaller than the normal sized implant. It is commonly used as a temporary measure, replacement for small teeth or incisors or a means of stabilising the lower denture, especially in older patients.

It comprises of a slim titanium rod that has a retaining fixture which can be incorporated into a denture.

Its head is shaped like a ball and the retaining attachment contains a rubber ‘O-ring’ that acts like a socket.

Pros
  • No complex surgery required
  • Shorter procedure and healing time
Cons
  • Less strength and stability
  • Less flexible

Dental Implants Procedure

  • Initial Consultation

    The pre-procedure consultation would include a thorough assessment of your gum and jaw bone health. The dentist will also get to know your medical history and point out any potential challenges for the implant.

    This is important as it indicates the success rate of the procedure.

  • Anaesthetic is Injected

    Usually, the procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia.

  • Implant is Inserted

    The part of the gum in which the implant is to be placed is cut and lifted. A small hole is drilled in the jawbone at the precise location of the intended implant.

    The implant is then tightly fitted into this socket before the gum is stitched back over the implant.

  • Bone Tissue Grows

    Once the implant has been inserted, the bone tissue will be left to grow and anchor itself into the microscopic rough surface of the implant.

  • Healing Period: Bridges or Dentures

    During this ‘healing’ period, patients will be given dental bridges (temporary teeth) or dentures to wear.

  • Post-Healing: Temporary Crown

    After this period, the gum is lifted again and a post is attached to the implant with a temporary dental crown. 

  • Final Permanent Restoration is Fitted

    Once the surrounding tissue has matured, the final permanent restoration will be fitted to the implant.

FAQs

Anyone with missing teeth can get a dental implant.

The procedure, if done professionally, is safe.

There are, however, several factors that may affect its success rate. The only way to find out is to go for a consultation for a detailed review.

  • Infections

The possibility of getting infections during or post-surgery increases if you smoke or have bad oral hygiene.

  • Slight movement of implant

This is a result of an unstable dental implant which usually happens after an immediate tooth replacement.

  • Inadequate bone support

This is bound to happen if the surgeon carries out the procedure when bone support is inadequate. This means that the implant will not be able to fuse with the jaw.

  • Allergic reaction

If you have a titanium allergy, please inform your surgeon so that a replacement material can be offered.

Typically, if you have an experienced dentist and follow through with healing instructions, the procedure will be fine.

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