The sheer thought of visiting the dentist is a scary thought for many.
But what’s done has to be done. Think of the million dollar smile you can achieve! Fear not – Dr. Loo Sun Din, dentist of smilefocus, answers all your questions.
I feel self-conscious about my missing tooth. What can I do?
To be able to smile or simply talk with confidence, consider dental implants – titanium replacement tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone to support tooth-like ceramic crowns.
It’s not uncommon – so don’t worry, your dentist isn’t secretly smirking behind their surgical mask!
How are dental implants used?
The titanium metal will fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration: a structural and functional connection between the living bone and the surface of the artificial implant. This takes between 6 and 12 weeks and will ensure that your implants won’t slip out of your mouth like dentures tend to do.
You also won’t have to worry about bone loss. The surgery can be done by a general dentist but is best done by a trained surgeon or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS).
Why do you recommend dental implants?
If you are embarrassed by the need to wear a plastic removable denture, then a dental implant is for you.
Dental implants are an excellent solution for the following types of individuals: those who do not cope well with wearing removable dentures; those who want to regain normal chewing ability; and those who just want a tooth replacement that feels and looks natural.
Is there another method to replace lost teeth?
The only other solution is a fixed bridge, but this involves the grinding down of neighbouring teeth in order to support and secure the bridge.
Dental implants, on the other hand, help conserve and protect the teeth adjacent to the gap because they are root-supported.
From The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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