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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.

What are dental implants?


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.

How long can dental implants last?


Dental implants can last over 20 years, depending on the dental hygiene of the patient and position of the implant in the jawbone.

Is getting dental implants painful?

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.

How long does a dental implant take to heal?


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. 

I work in a multidisciplinary clinic and we see patients coming to visit us with lost teeth every day and looking for a solution and they also have some teeth alignment issues. It is important for these patients are examined by both the restorative dentist and orthodontist for the...
18 Sep 2019
Prevention of tooth decay starts from the basics: 1) Diet Limit how often you consume sweetened ( organic sugar is just as bad for your teeth as regular sugar!) food and beverages. Try to have a maximum of 4 sugar exposures a day , including your 3 main meals. False ...
17 Sep 2019
Losing a baby tooth later in life always presents as a dilemma for patients. Certainly a missing front tooth affects our confidence as it is in a visible region. This is often a multidisciplinary problem and best assessed by an orthodontist who work closely with a restorative dentis...
13 Aug 2019
Dentists choose treatment plans based on many different factors . Some of these factors have nothing to do with clinical data. As a patient, your dentist should go through the different treatment options with you so that you understand the treatment itself, and the long term maintenance required ...
1 Aug 2019
Dental implants are osseointegrated, meaning they are fused directing to bone and hence cannot be altered in position. Braces treatment involves moving teeth towards a final aesthetic and functional outcome. If braces treatment is done after dental implants, the treatment plan usual...
15 Jul 2019
The biggest question that must be answered is what needs correction. If only simple alignment is required, then the implant would not pose a major issue. The implant crown may need remaking after the braces come off since the bite will be altered. If a more drastic correction ...
15 Jul 2019
Thank you for your enquiry on baby teeth and dental implants. From the Dental Panoramic Xray that you have provided , it is seen that you have several over-retained baby teeth due to congenitally missing adult teeth. Generally speaking, it is advisable to replace your baby tooth with an implant if...
11 Jun 2019
It must be troubling to know that you have multiple missing teeth. Multiple missing teeth will require a interdisciplinary team approach involving both orthodontist and restorative dentist to manage your condition. A proper clinical assessment together with X-rays are needed to dete...
22 Apr 2019
In general, the options to replace missing teeth are dentures, fixed bridges, implants AND DO NOTHING. Hence, the need to replace the second molar depends on a few considerations. Firstly, we have to decide if the replacement is truly needed. Research from 1981 to present has stron...
4 Apr 2019

Can Dentures Replace A Single Missing Tooth?

Can Dentures Replace A Single Missing Tooth?

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.

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