At An Dental, our dental surgeons are dedicated to providing you with safe and clinically proven dental implant procedures in the shortest possible time.
Dental implants are titanium posts that your dentist positions into your jawbone beneath the gums. Once placed, they serve as a foundation for mounting replacement teeth onto them, restoring your smile and functionality.
Dental implants can be an ideal solution if you have missing teeth or teeth that are severely damaged and cannot be restored. However, you need to be in good overall health to ensure the success and longevity of the dental implant procedure. Only some people are suitable candidates for this technique, and it depends on your bone structure and type of bite.
People not suitable for dental implants include:
Individuals with active gum disease
Sometimes, dental implants are the best option available for your condition. For example, there are several options when you need to extract a tooth:
If you have any of the conditions above, make an appointment for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Before proceeding with dental implants, you will be assessed using advanced CT scans (3-D scans) offering high-resolution images and low radiation to ensure the implants are placed optimally and safely. We have to take into consideration critical structures in the bone and gums, such as blood vessels and nerves. An Dental uses the KAVO OP3D and Focus computed tomography (CT) scan and X-ray machine, known for its low dose technology, ensuring safety for adults and children if 3D imaging is required.
During the dental implant procedure, your dental surgeon will apply numbing cream and then administer an injection to numb the area. Titanium fixtures, resembling tooth roots, will be placed into the jawbone after gently teasing the gums open. If the missing tooth is at the back and not visible, a temporary protective cover screw will be positioned at the neck of the fixture, and the gums will be sewn back to cover the head of the fixture.
Following this, the titanium screw needs 2 to 4 months to heal and fuse with the jawbone. Then, the implant crown will be fabricated and placed. In some cases, immediate implants and provisionalisation may be done, meaning the implant fixture is placed during the same visit as the extraction, and an implant crown may also be placed immediately after surgery.
At An Dental, we offer immediate implants and provisional crowns after surgery to avoid leaving you toothless. However, whether immediate implants are suitable for you depends on your bone structure and bite type, which will be carefully evaluated. This approach shortens the treatment duration, eliminating the need for temporary restorations like dentures.
Our dental implant system has a reliable history with scientific data to ensure long-lasting results. We aim to provide you with natural-looking teeth, indistinguishable from your natural ones.
For your comfort, we offer sedation options, allowing you to wake up relaxed and rested in our “heal” room.
In some cases, CT scans or clinical assessments may reveal that you have insufficient bone to support the dental implant. In such cases, a bone graft procedure will be necessary to enhance the bone volume for the implant.
The bone graft will be performed in our comfortable operation suite. If you feel anxious or nervous, you have the option to choose sedation in our sedation-friendly rooms, and you will awake from a deep sleep in our “heal” room. This ensures your comfort and a smooth experience during the procedure.
A bone graft is a procedure performed to increase the volume of bone. The graft can be taken from various sources, such as:
Alloplast: bone graft from non-living material and is typically particulate in nature.
Bone grafts are usually performed when there is a need to increase the volume of bone to support a dental implant.
For dental implants to be successful, they require firm anchoring in a healthy bone. If the CT scan reveals insufficient bone, bone volume must be increased before implant replacement. Hence, bone grafts are performed to increase this volume.
Before a bone graft procedure, a CT scan is performed to determine the extent of bone loss; you will then discuss the suitable bone graft material with your dentist. Once the bone graft material has been selected, your procedure will begin.
During the procedure, your dental surgeon will apply a numbing cream and inject you to numb the area. The gums will be teased open, and small holes will be created in the bone bed to enhance bleeding. The chosen bone graft will be carefully placed in the area, and a membrane (usually made of collagen) may be used to secure it. The gums will be stitched back into place.
Creating these small holes in the bone promotes blood flow, facilitating the formation of a stable blood clot that will eventually transform into new bone, combining with your natural bone to increase bone volume. Bone particulate grafts are a common technique used in this process.
If you have received a temporary implant crown, avoid using it to chew on anything, as it is for aesthetics until the permanent crown is placed.
You must attend the scheduled follow-up appointment after 1 to 2 weeks. Sutures may be removed, and further oral hygiene instructions may be given.