Dental Implant

What is Dental Implant?

Dental implant is a fixed metal prosthesis that is used to replace the root portion of a missing tooth by fusing to the jawbone. It serves to hold a replacement tooth crown or bridge, a replacement tooth that is custom made to match your natural teeth.

It is often an effective and long term solution for those who suffer from missing teeth, as they fit, feel and function like natural teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Enjoy a permanent solution. Unlike dentures which need to be refitted and adjusted periodically, dental implants are expected to last for many years and potentially a lifetime.

Restore dental aesthetics and boost up confidence.

Restore the chewing and speech abilities.

Preserve the surrounding jawbone, slower the process of bone loss.

Maintain facial structure and prevent premature aging.

Easier care. Care for dental implants is similar to standard dental hygiene for natural teeth. Dentures however need greater daily maintenance such as cleaning the dentures after eating.

The Importance of Having A Missing Tooth Replaced

A missing tooth can lead to potential problems if not treated:

  1. Drifting, shifting and tipping of the neighbouring teeth into the empty space causing an imbalanced bite and increase biting stress on the other teeth

  2. Over eruption of teeth if there is a tooth directly above or below the space and there will not be anything to prevent it from coming out of the gum tissue

  3. As soon as tooth is lost, the supporting bone in the jaw begins to resorb. The longer a tooth is missing, the greater the bone loss. Over time, more and more of the jawbone disintegrates until it becomes weak & noticeably smaller

  4. An altered bite can cause collapse of facial features which has greater chance for wrinkles & indented facial shape, which creates premature aging

  5. The gap between teeth widens, thereby compromising the aesthetic of the facial profile