What is a dental implant?
A dental implant/tooth implant consists of a small screw made of titanium that is placed in the jaw. A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth/teeth and hence serves as a sound base for the new crown or bridge. After the surgical phase of treatment, the prosthetic (crown/ bridge) phase begins: a replacement tooth/teeth in the form of a crown, bridge or denture, is placed over the implant. This completes your entire dental implant process.
So why should I have a dental implants (or tooth implants)?
Dental implants/ tooth implants are used to support crowns, bridges or over-dentures.The evidence is clear that dental implants/ tooth implants are excellent substitutes for missing natural teeth, whether it is a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. We know from recent long-term studies that root-form dental implants are known to have very high success rates in the long term. With modern advancements in dental implant technology and surgical techniques, dental implants have now become the gold standard for the replacement of missing teeth.
Benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants eliminate the need for adjacent teeth preparation associated with traditional teeth replacement options using fixed bridges or removable dentures. Loss of teeth can result in changes in facial appearance and especially lip support.With dental implants, missing teeth can be replaced and allow us to maintain our facial appearance and smile (age gracefully). Incidentally,dental implants also help maintain alveolar bone (jaw bone) thickness. Hence this means that implants will work together with your remaining teeth and maintain a healthy and confident smile and ensure efficient functionality when you eat.
Comfort and Convenience.
Dental implants are held in place by the jaw bone. This means that denture wearers who are concerned about dentures that fall out or for those who cannot tolerate plastic in their mouth now finally have a choice to make changes to their quality and comfort in eating. This eliminates inconveniences, discomfort and embarrassment associated with removable dentures, allowing patients to live a normal lifestyle as they should be.
Dental implants have demonstrated good survival rates in patients who strive towards a joint responsibility when working with their dentists to keep their incidence of gum disease low. In many long term studies we note that implants are certainly comparable or superior to other forms of teeth replacement. Furthermore,recent results published internationally on the topic of long-term dental implant/tooth implant survival rate and success rates of dental implants appear to be favourable.
Why Choose Nuffield Dental for your dental implant/tooth implant placement?
Experience and expertise are paramount to the success of dental implants/ tooth implants.The dentists at Nuffield Dental have been involved in implant dentistry and oral surgery for more than 20 years. This Nuffield Difference will be noticed by you when you meet them. For those discerning patients who wish for a dental specialist to handle their case, we have accredited dental specialists who are experts in the area of dental implant surgery for your convenience.
Am I suitable for dental implants?
Most patients who are able to undergo a routine dental extraction should largely befit enough for a dental implant to be placed. In growing children, dental implants might not be suitable as their alveolar/ jaw bone is still developing.There is no upper age limit for dental implant treatment for healthy adults. For patients with existing chronic gum disease or systemic diseases, you will need to work hand in hand with your Nuffield Dentist and your Medical Doctor to achieve proper disease control prior to commencing dental implant treatment.
Smoking is a known factor which can compromise the success of dental implant treatment. Many studies have clearly proven a causal relationship to poor wound healing and poor “osseo-integration/ jaw bone healing to the implants” in especially regular smokers. Some patients who have lost their teeth for many years may experience significant alveolar/jaw bone loss. Such patients will often require implant site preparation with bone grafts or sinus lifts to ensure adequate bone volume is present prior to implant placement.
Types of dental implants/tooth implants and techniques available at Nuffield Dental
Our experienced dental implant surgeons perform both conventional and immediate dental implants. This include Single Tooth implant, Full Arch Teeth Implants, All on 4, Same Day Teeth, Conventional (Regular) Tooth Implants & Mini Dental Implant. In selected cases, immediate loading dental implants (immediately after extraction) may be possible.
Nuffield Dental Clinics in Singapore are Medisave accredited by MOH and CPF for Dental Implants. Medisave may be used towards partial payment for dental implant surgical procedures allowed by the CPF board. Please call Nuffield Dental Kovan – 6281 4313, Nuffield Dental Serangoon Gardens – 6280 7909, Nuffield Dental Simpang Bedok – 6702 3238, Nuffield Dental Siglap – 6636 1303 (or) email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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