With dental implant treatment, missing one or several teeth no longer means succumbing to a life of denture pain, embarrassment and inconvenience, or diet restrictions, shares Dr. Loo Sun Din of Smilefocus.
Dental implants replace missing teeth, and may offer lasting results when cared for properly. In fact, they tend to be stronger and more durable than restorative counterparts such as bridges and dentures.
A single implant can support a dental crown in replacing a single missing tooth; or, implants can also support a dental bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth.
An implant is also routinely used with dentures to increase stability and prevent floppy dentures.
Modern dental implants can be virtually indistinguishable from normal teeth, aided by the structural and functional connection with living bone.
It typically takes a single sitting but requires a period of osseointegration – the process of direct fusion of a dental implant root with the bone of your jaw.
When enough bone is present, new implants can take as little as four to six weeks to fuse and heal. Your dentist can complete the procedure with the placement of a crown or bridge.
Any licensed dentist with proper training in implant dentistry can conduct this treatment. However, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry suggests you always enquire about a dentist’s implant qualifications before undergoing the procedure.
From The Finder (Issue 289), November 2017
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