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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. 

A prosthodontist is a dentist that has gone for further studies to manage the replacement of missing teeth and the restoration of damaged teeth. In general, a patient will look to a prosthodontist if there are very complex problems, for example, severe jaw misalignment. If ...
14 Nov 2019
During the initial placement of the temporary crown, you will need to be a bit more careful when you are eating. This is because it is only made of plastic. Thus, it will not be as strong as the actual crown. Avoid eating anything too hard, such as ice or nuts, and anything too stic...
13 Nov 2019
Some post-operative sensitivity after crown preparation or cementation on a vital tooth (containing a living pulp or nerve) can be expected. This tends to happen if there was previous decay or an old filling that is close to the pulp. The vibrations from cleaning out the decay ...
13 Nov 2019
Critical foetal development occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy. Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure that requires the use of local anaesthetic injections, X-rays and even bone grafting material. Post-surgical care includes the use of painkillers an...
22 Oct 2019
Here are some alternatives to implants: Fixed bridges The adjacent tooth/teeth are prepared for crowns. The false tooth is fused to the crowns and suspended over the gap. Bridges are suitable for tooth-bounded spaces (there is at least one suitable tooth at the ba...
8 Oct 2019
Dental filling materials (composite, amalgam, ceramic etc) do not decay but the tooth surrounding the filling can still decay even after the filling has been completed. Plaque accumulation can roughen composite and damage the bond at the edges of the filling. Over a long time i...
21 Sep 2019
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
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