Dental implants are increasing in popularity. We are all generally living longer and want to preserve a healthy, natural looking smile without the disadvantages and problems that dentures can sometimes bring. Dental Implants can be a long-term solution for anyone wanting to replace missing teeth, close unsightly gaps, or secure unstable dentures. Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth, and the latest advances mean they now can last as long or even longer than your own teeth.
ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANT DENTISTRY
- Single tooth replacement: no need to file off the neighbouring healthy teeth when preparing them for bridge work.
- Over 98% of implant placement is successful.
- Missing molars: if there is free end e.g. no molars on the far back, it is impossible to make a bridgework and in conservative dentistry the only possible solution is removable partial denture. With implant dentistry, it is still possible to make a fixed bridgework most of the times.
- In the situation of the completely edentulous jaws, after a certain period the removable complete dentures become loose. Thus, it is moving and it’s difficult to bite, chew and talk with them even when lots of denture glue is used. With implant supported dentures, the function could be back to normal again.
- Missing neighbouring teeth: with a couple of implants a partial bridgework can restore the function.
- In optimal circumstances, implant supported dental works can work against the bone resorption of the edentulous jaws.
- With better function and stable bridgework and dentures can give you more self-confidence and success in your interpersonal relationship.
- You can possible avoid to use removable dentures which by some is considered to be the sign of the old age.
In human body, we can place only those materials that will not cause any local or general disease and will not be rejected by the body itself. Implants are made of pure surgical-grade titanium, that doesn’t cause any allergic reaction, and is accepted by the body.
WHO CAN GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Whether you are suitable for dental implants depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. This will initially be assessed by the dentist along with your gums and teeth. Once we have assessed a suitability, we will arrange for a consultation with our implant surgeon Dr Cecilia So. She may arrange for a number of special tests and x-rays. If there is not enough bone, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first. Please refer to bone grafting for further details. There are some relative constraints which should be judged individually:
- uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
- previous bisphosphonate therapy for osteoporosis
- cytostatic therapy for various diseases (cancer, rheumatoid arthritis etc.)
- heavy smoking
- bleeding disorders
- previous radiotherapy for the jaws or nearby regions.
Of course, we wouldn’t place a dental implant with serious acute periodontitis, neglected oral hygiene carious teeth, dental calculi etc. These problems should be dealt with prior to implant surgery.
How can we help you?
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