A dental implant is a man-made replacement
for natural teeth which allows the person to return
to fixed teeth. Dental implants fuse with the jawbone
to form a secure foundation for tooth replacements such
as crowns, bridges or overdentures.
The dental implants are manufactured from biologically
neutral pure Titanium. Titanium is proven to be acceptable
by the human body and it will not cause material-related
rejection. With today's advances in materials, Roxolid dental implants whereby titanium is combined with zirconia now enables stronger and more aesthetically looking smaller dental implants to be done.
The categories, brand, model of dental implants will be selected
by your implantologist will depend on your specific needs and general
dental conditions. An panoramic x-ray and/or
CT scan is normally done to evaluate the amount of bone remaining, models
of your mouth to determine space available and a thorough
examination to decide which type of implant can help
you the most.
There are three basic categories of dental implants available:
Loaded Implants : whereby the temporary or permanent
fixed proshetics is loaded onto the dental implant posts immediately
or shortly after placement of dental implant post
Implants : done in two phases - first phase, surgical
palcement of the dental implant posts is done. The dental implant posts
is left to heal for 2 months or more before second phase
whereby the fixed prosthetics on dental implant is done
The basic dental implant treatment procedure for conventional,
immediate function and immediate loaded implants follows a
similiar process with a difference in treatment timings and
Benefits of Dental Implants
Regain your confidence and
increased quality of life
Reduce size and construct a more
natural functional bridge or denture
No need to trim the adjacent teeth
to form the conventional bridge
The solid anchorage of the dental
implant will allow you to increase your chewing pressure,
so eat anything you want
Improves speech as compared to having
Prevent further loss of teeth and
Young, natural appearance
Expected lifelong replacement for
No slipping, sliding clicking dentures
or worrying about your dentures popping out in embarrassing
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants act similiar to new tooth roots replacements.
An abutment and crown is fitted on the dental implant
posts that serves as new teeth. Dental implants are a terrific
choice for missing teeth.
Tooth implants are stronger than the natural tooth roots,
therefore several missing teeth can sometimes be replaced
with fewer implants. For example three missing teeth
can be supported by two tooth implants or four missing teeth
can be supported by three tooth implants and have the bridge
restored over those tooth implants.
An implant bridge is very much like a conventional
full coverage bridge except the support is actually
over tooth implants rather than natural teeth. The tooth implants
themselves act as man-made roots. A great advantage
is that this is self-supporting - unlike a tooth-supported
bridge that puts a heavier load on the remaining teeth.
Full Arch Oral Implants - Dental Implant-supported
Oral Implants allow you to wear full dentures and
partial dentures without worrying that they will slip
or fall out. Having oral implants to support these dentures
also means that the base of the denture can be made
much smaller and more comfortable.
For overdentures, oral implants with screws placed in the
jaw will serve as attachments for a metal bar or balls,
which will help support a removable denture. Use of
2 to 6 oral implants may be used for stability, as necessary.
The new denture snaps over the bar or ball and is stable
and very retentive. The completed fixed-detachable denture
sits on top of the oral implants above the gum tissue.
Full Arch Teeth Implants - Dental Implants with Fixed
For full arch cases reconstruction cases with teeth implants, fixed bridges may also be used. The advantage
of having fixed bridges is that they are not removable
and would be similiar to having a totally new set of
teeth. Full fixed bridges on teethimplants gives good
esthetics and function.
All-on-4 or All-on-6 in a concept developed by Nobel
Biocare as graftless solutions for both upper and lower
jaw for individuals with certain degree of boneloss.
The dental implants in the posterior area are placed
at an angulation. A set of overdenture or fixed bridges
are then made and fitted similiar to dental implant
supported overdentures and dental implants with fixed