Dental Implants are the most sophisticated way of replacing missing teeth and is today regarded as the preferred form of tooth replacement. With new surgical techniques and intra-venous sedation, it is now almost painless and the final aesthetic result can replicate nature – in function and appearance.
An implant comprises 3 parts. The first part or “fixture”, which is made of titanium, is placed within bone. The second part or “abutment” emerges through the gums and is used to carry the 3rd part, which is the crown, bridge or denture depending on how many teeth are missing.
After decayed or fractured teeth are removed, the implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and allowed to heal. During this time temporary teeth are provided. After 3 months, the abutment as well as the final crown, bridge or denture is then connected.
In some patients when the quality of the patient’s remaining bone is good, the “same-day teeth” concept can be used to allow the patient to resume his normal day to day lifestyle almost immediately. If the remaining bone is insufficient, we can still place implants after “bone regeneration”.