Dental implants are artificial anchors, often in the form of a titanium screw, placed into the jawbone of a patient. A dental implant is used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture in order to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants are artificial anchors, often in the form of titanium screws, placed into the jawbone of a patient. A dental implant is used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture in order to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants can last over 20 years, depending on the dental hygiene of the patient and position of the implant in the jawbone.
Patients receiving a dental implant usually receive local anaesthesia to numb the mouth. This makes sure that the incision and placement of the implant in the jaw does not hurt. Some swelling or tenderness after the procedure is normal. Your dentist or dental specialist may prescribe painkillers as required.
Dental implant surgery takes about an hour. After you are discharged, the healing process takes up to six months during which the jawbone will fuse to support your dental implant. This means that for a patient to be a suitable candidate for dental implant surgery, there must be adequate jawbone to support the implant.
Dentures are probably considered one of the most common prosthetic solutions for missing teeth.
People who have had teeth removed due to decay or after an accident have probably considered filling the missing areas to restore dental functionality.
If you’re familiar with older people using dentures as replacements for teeth that have already fallen out, you may also be wondering whether dentures can be used to replace a single missing tooth.
Dr Ooi Jing Liang responded to this question by a DoctorxDentist reader. Here's what he had to say.
It is common for people in Singapore to experience issues related to their chompers.
Whether you have a gap in between your teeth, a chipped tooth, or imminent decay, there are plenty of things that can go wrong if you leave such problems to fester.
Fortunately, the world we live in today offers many solutions that you can choose from.
Dr Steven Soo is a specialist in prosthodontics (tooth replacement and cosmetic dentistry). He was featured on DoctorxDentist Sessions where he answered questions from curious readers on crowns, bridges, veneers, and the best ways to maintain them.
Here are some things that you might want to pay attention to if you are looking to replace missing teeth, and keep them looking well even into old age.