Written by: Dr. NijamFebruary 10, 2020
Do you have any missing teeth? If you have one or more missing teeth, it will not only affect your appearance but could also affect other healthy teeth as a result of the biting forces being spread over a lesser number of teeth. This can lead to cracking or fracture of other teeth resulting in further tooth loss.
When gaps are present from tooth loss, shifting of the surrounding teeth can also occur. This makes it harder to maintain good oral hygiene leading to a greater risk of having tooth decay and gum disease.
There are three main teeth replacement options. 1) Dental Implants, Bridges or Dentures. This article will focus on the Implant option.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are a fixed, permanent, long-term solution to replace missing teeth. They are the most functional tooth replacement option and will look, feel and perform just like a natural tooth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is securely placed into the jawbone and replaces the root of a missing natural tooth. A dental crown (artificial tooth) is then attached to the top of the implant to fill the gap of the missing tooth.
Who is eligible for dental implants?
People who have lost one or more teeth as a result of an accident, gum disease or tooth decay can consider implant options. Dental implants are usually done for people above 18 years of age.
The jaw bone starts shrinking soon after the tooth is lost. When too much is bone is lost the implant procedure becomes more challenging as additional procedures such as bone grafting need to be carried out to artificially increase the amount of available bone.
It is therefore advisable to not wait too long before replacing the missing tooth with an implant. Good oral health condition has to be established before placing an implant, so it is best to get a full check-up done by the dentist beforehand.
How long is the procedure?
The entire process of getting dental implants can take anywhere between 3-6 months. Usually the treatment follows 3 steps:
- The implant is placed and eventually fuses with the jawbone. This usually takes between 3 to 6 months. Depending on your remaining amount of bone, bone graft may or may not be necessary.
- After the implant has fused with the bone, an extension called a dental abutment is attached to it. Once the gum has healed around the abutment it will act as the foundation for your tooth.
- Finally, your customised implant crown is made and will be attached to the abutment. Time to enjoy your brand new smile!
Make an appointment with us to find out if you are eligible for a dental implant. You can call us at +65 64404605 or email us at email@example.com for a no-obligation consultation to go through each option in detail to make a fully informed decision.
- Written by Dr Park Eunji