A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is surgically placed into the jaw bone. It replaces the root of the missing tooth and serves as a support for your new tooth (crown) or teeth (a row of crowns also known collectively as a bridge). They can also be used as attachment or support for full dentures in cases where all teeth are missing.
Even though implants has a very high predictablity rate, success in terms of integration (fusion) with your bone tissue is still not a hundred percent for all cases today. This is because not all patients are suitable for dental implant treatment. Some of the most common risk factors include severe medical illnesses, excessive uncontrolled teeth grinding, smoking and diabetes. In such cases, it may be better to consider doing root canal treatment to save the tooth instead of extraction and doing implants.
A 3 dimensional CT scan may sometimes be necessary to check the volume and quality of bone.
If your jaw bone is suitable for dental implants and the treatment works out well, you will enjoy a set of artificial teeth replacement that most closely resemble natural teeth in terms of aesthetics and function (speech and chewing).
If dental implants are not ideal for you, our dentists will discuss with you other options of treatment.