Dental Implant Frequent Ask Questions
All your common dental implant questions will be answered

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. 
Natural teeth consist of the crown and the root. The crown is the visible part of a tooth in the mouth. Supporting the crown is the tooth root which extends into the jawbone. The root is the part of the tooth inside the jaw bone that is effectively replaced by an implant.
Today’s implants are made of titanium, a metal that is bio-compatible and offers strength and durability as well as a unique property that allows it to fuse directly to bone – the process known as Osseo integration.
 
When can I have dental implant done?
You often need to wait for 4 months after extraction, when your jaw bone is fully healed.
In selected cases, dental implant can be place on the same day of tooth removal.

 
What are the options of replacing missing teeth? 
These are:
1. A REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURE
       - removable, unnatural
       - may damage adjacent teeth with time
       - subject to breakage
 
2. A NON-REMOVABLE BRIDGE
       - permanent damage to adjacent teeth, if adjacent teeth are healthy
       - not possible if gap is too big
       - not possible if no back tooth
 
3. A DENTAL IMPLANT
       - best way to replace missing tooth or teeth
       - no need to cut down healthy adjacent tetth, if these teeth are healthy.

What is a Cone Beam CT?
Cone Beam CT is a must in Implant Dentistry, it is a special CT scan of the jaw that allow implant Dentist to plan and place dental implants in the optimal position for the best long term outcome.
       
 
What is Osseointegration?
Dental implants work by a process known as osseointegration, which occurs when bone cells attach themselves directly to the titanium surface, essentially locking the implant into the jaw bone.
 
What is an Osseointegrated implant?
Osseointegrated implants can be used to support prosthetic tooth replacements of various designs and functionality, replacing anything from a single missing tooth to a full arch (all teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw). These replacement teeth are usually made to match the natural enamel colour of each patient which offers a completely natural appearance and a whole new smile.
 
What is the overall success rate for dental implants?
The dental profession can proudly report success rates in the high 90% for most implant patients. Similarly, long-term success rates are above 90% and are likewise improving since the introduction of dental implant surgery. Despite decades of research spent on implant success the complexity of the human body means that 100% success is a goal which will always remain just out of reach. 
 
What happens when an Implant does not osseointegrate?
When a dental implant has not successfully integrated, it will need to be removed, as it will not “convert” to osseointegrate.
A replacement implant can be placed but it will require 4 months of healing time and possibly bone augmentation (repair by means of grafting).
 
How long does it take for implants to fully heal or osteointergrated?
Healing times for implants vary depending on the quality of the patient’s bone and are often extended in cases where adjunctive procedures are necessary. 
In general, dental implants require 3-6 months for the bone to heal. 
 
 
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implant surgery or placement procedures are performed in one of our rooms. Local anaesthesia is adequate for a large number of cases but for more complex cases or for very anxious patients we can use Intra-venous Sedation techniques performed by our visiting qualified Sedationist
Adjunctive surgical procedures, such as bone grafting, may be performed as separate procedures or at the same time as implant placement. Each procedure is different depending on the clinical situation as well as the preferences of the patient and what Dr Le may suggest is appropriate for greatest success.
 
Who are not suitable to get Dental Implants?
Poor general health like un control Diabetes
Poor bone healing ability when have severe degenerative bone disease Osteo Arthritis and or Osteo Porosis
Heavy Smoker
Individuals with poorly control Psychiatric problems

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