Maybe you’re missing a single tooth, or perhaps you have suffered the loss of multiple teeth due to a disease or a traumatic incident. Either way, one of your best options for a smile makeover is the installation of dental implants. Here are all the details you need to know about these implants before your visit to Orchard Scotts Dental, home of some of the of the best dentists in Singapore.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are inserted directly into the patient’s jawbone. The implant extension, which is typically a titanium screw, fuses with the bone, serving as a root for the artificial tooth. Dental implants can take several months and multiple visits before all the steps of the procedure are complete, but they are a stable, lifelong solution for missing teeth.
Who Invented Dental Implants?
In 1952, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Brånemark, came up with the idea for the modern type of dental implant. His concept of a surgical fixture fused into the jawbone was the genesis of today’s more elegant, customised implants.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
Dental implants are helpful for people who have lost one or more teeth because of a traumatic injury, a disease, poor oral hygiene etc. Dental implants are ideal for people who have strong jaw bones; for individuals whose jaw bones are shallow or of poor quality, other types of tooth replacements are necessary.
Who Can Perform Dental Implant Surgery?
A licensed Singapore dentist, such as the experts at Orchard Scotts Dental, can perform surgery to install dental implants. Other dental specialists, such as oral surgeons or periodontists, can also carry out such procedures. The dentists ought to be highly trained and have ample experience in installing dental implants in Singapore.
What Are the Types of Dental Implants?
Most dental implants are endosteal, which means that they go into the jawbone and are secured with the standard titanium screw. However, in certain cases, a Singapore dentist may recommend a subperiosteal implant, which rests under the gum, on top of the jaw bone. These implants are anchored differently, and they do not yield the same long-term, satisfactory results as endosteal implants. Depending on every patient’s different circumstances, your usual dental clinic may recommend an endosteal implant that is securely fused into your jaw bone instead.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
The most worthwhile things in life come with some discomfort, but your dentist will try to minimise that for you as much as possible. During the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic so that you don’t feel any pain at all. If you do start to feel pain, your dentist will stop immediately and administer more of the anesthetic for you. Once the procedure is complete and you enter the recovery period, you’ll probably feel some pain, as with any type of surgery. However, you should be able to control the pain with over-the-counter (OTC) pain management medications. If the OTC medications aren’t reducing the pain enough, contact Orchard Scotts Dental, and your dentist may be able to prescribe a stronger medication.
Once the healing process is complete, you’ll have a fantastic new smile, and a new tooth that will last for a long time. The team at Orchard Scotts Dental is here to support you throughout the procedure phase, the recovery period, and beyond.
Original Source: “Dental Implants,” Donna S. Bautista and Melissa Conrad Stoppler, August 2016.