Dental implants are artificial teeth that are surgically placed within your jawbone and they look and function like your real teeth. An implant is made up of two parts, a metal post and a crown. The titanium in the implant fuses with your jawbone providing strong support to the roots of missing teeth.
Dental implants are an alternative to dentures or bridge-work in cases where:
If your teeth are missing or you need to replace crooked teeth to get back your beautiful smile visit our expert dentists. We will carry out a comprehensive examination to determine how much bone volume and density is present in the area of the missing tooth, so that it supports a dental implant. An implant will be suggested if dentures are not suitable for you.
The dental specialist at Medcare will conduct a comprehensive dental examination which includes:
Dental implant surgery does not require hospitalisation. Same day dental implants procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthesia. Your gum will be cut away and a hole will be drilled in your jawbone. An implant, usually made of titanium, is placed in this hole, to replace the root of your tooth.
Healing time is required between procedures, when the jawbone and implant get fused. After this, a connector, called an ‘abutment’, is attached to this implant. The artificial tooth is attached on top of this abutment. This provides a permanent tooth that resembles a natural tooth in appearance and function.
The services of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, as well as a periodontist and a prosthodontist are available, as required for your treatment.
A: In a dental implant surgery, a post, usually made of titanium, replaces the root of your tooth. This implant is placed deep within your jawbone, after cutting away the gum and drilling a hole in the bone.
Over time, the jawbone grows and the implant gets integrated into it. After this, a connector, called an ‘abutment’, is attached to this implant, and then the artificial tooth is attached. The implant is permanent as it is fixed in the jawbone, and the artificial tooth is as close to your natural teeth as possible.
A: Yes, dental implants are an excellent and long-term solution for children who have lost permanent teeth, so do discuss this with your child’s dentist. The dentist will usually advise this to be done only after the child’s facial development has been completed, so you may have to wait for a few years.
A: While the time required for a dental implant treatment varies from case-to-case, the average is between three to six months. After the implant is fixed to the bone, the bone needs to fuse with it, and you may need to wait for some weeks or months for this to happen. In cases that require jaw surgery and bone grafting, the procedure may take longer.
A: It is important to maintain good oral hygiene to get the best out of your dental implants. The care required is similar to the way you would care for your natural teeth – regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups.
Your dentist may recommend an interdental brush to clean around the implant. It is also advisable to avoid eating very hard foods with your artificial tooth, as that may damage the crown.