established in 1949
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a screw like titanium metal that is used as a base anchorage under the gums for missing teeth. Generally it is used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or even an full arch of teeth. Over time, healing of bone grows around the implant and this will hold the implant in place.
A Crown or “artificial tooth” is fabricated to then attached to the implant to fill the gap left by the missing tooth. Shape and size of the tooth will be designed to look just like its natural tooth that is missing and the colour shade is generally nearly perfect so that it looks very natural next to the other teeth.
When might a dental implant be needed?
Generally teeth are like books in a bookcase and need each other to stand upright and share the load of chewing forces. If a tooth is missing, the two other healthy teeth adjacent to the space may shift towards each other if left for more than a period of 3-6 months.
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Are Dental implants painful?
Generally, most dental implants require some sort of local anaesthetic around the site in which the implant will be placed and after this, the procedure is mostly comfortable. Vibrations may be felt during the procedure, however afterwards, most patients recover immediately with little to painless feelings. This of course, all depends on the pain threshold of each patient.
The size of the implant is measured according to the space available and most of the time the implant does not exceed more than 5mm in width which is much smaller than the size of the diameter of a natural tooth, thus the extraction of the tooth that was previously there would be more uncomfortable post treatment.
What happens during a dental implant procedure?
A dental implant is usually done in stages over a few months, with a series of minor operations and tests.
- Full assessment together with scans and X-rays for the dentist to analyse where to place the implant and if you are a suitable patient
- Minor Operation will take place to put the dental implant into your jawborne – this will be done with local anaesthetic so you don’t feel it, (just like for a filling)
- 3 Months later after the bone has healed and grown around the implant and once the implant is stable – moulds will be taken of the mouth to make the artificial tooth or teeth.
- Few weeks later – the artificial tooth or teeth are screwed or cemented into the foundation of the implant.
What to expect after a dental implant?
- Depending on the minor operation, slight bruising, discomfort and swelling of the gums can occur.
- Generally most patients can take pain relief tablets for up to a week to help with the discomfort
- Soft foods around the implant area to allow for healing
- 2 weeks after procedure and sutures and stitches removed, you can treat it like a normal tooth and floss and brush around the healing cap.
- Once the crown is placed on the implant, we highly recommend 6 monthly regular professional cleans to keep the implant healthy together with flossing and brushing at home just like natural teeth.
All our dentists have an accumulative 25 years of experiences with expertise and qualifications in implants, orthodontics and sleep medicine.
International post-graduate, international certified orthodontics and internationally qualifed dental implant surgeons.
It is with heart and humbleness that we say thank you to our beautiful families and now friends who truly make us enjoy every part of your dental journey and allows us to do what we love to do best.
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