A dental implant is a
biocompatible (titanium) structure implanted in the jawbone which is used
to support false teeth, such as denture, bridge or crown.
- Do not need to remove tooth substances from neighbouring teeth.
- Can be cleaned just like any tooth. No special cleaning method
- Relatively expensive
- Surgical procedure is needed
- Not everyone is suitable to have an implant
- To provide anchor and support to the false teeth without injuring
the remaining teeth in the mouth
First of all, a detailed oral examination is performed including X-ray
examination, and CT (Computerised Tomography) scan to determine the
position and angulations to place the titanium implants.
The gum flap is raised and holes are drilled
into the jawbone at the pre-determined positions and angulations.
Then the dental implants are inserted into the holes and the gum
flap is closed and held to the original position by sutures.
The jawbone will unite with the dental implants
within 3 to 6 months. At this time, the small piece of gum covering
the dental implant will be removed and a healing component will
be inserted onto the dental implants. This allows the gum to heal
in a better shape around the dental implants.
- False teeth fitting
- The One-Stage Surgical procedure is done by placing the healing abutment
onto the implant at the same time during the first surgery.
- Eliminates the need for a second surgery
- The immediately loaded implant procedure is done by placing the prosthesis
at the same time when the implant is inserted.
- Patient makes only one trip to the dentist and leaves with “teeth”
- Immediate implant procedure is done by immediately inserting the
implant into the socket right after an extraction.
The choice of implant systems and procedure depends on the condition
of the jaw bone and the patient, the training of the dentist, cost, etc.
Please discuss with your dentist to make the appropriate choice.