1. What is dental Implant?
It is an advanced medical technology for the treatment of tooth
loss. A titanium implant is implanted in the toothless area of the
jawbone. The jawbone fuses with the titanium surface providing a
strong anchorage for the implant. The implant functions as a support
for the dental prosthesis constructed over it.
What are the oral benefits of dental implant?
* It can treat cases untreatable with conventional methods of
dental bridges and dentures.
* It prevents further resorption of the jawbone following tooth
* It can perfectly restore chewing function.
* It avoids cutting down and overloading the natural teeth
occurring with conventional means of replacing tooth loss.
* It helps restore a patient’s self-esteem and confidence since
it gives the feeling of regaining the real teeth.
* It functions better than conventional dental bridges and
* It gives superior aesthetic results. Am I a suitable candidate
for dental implant?
You will be a suitable candidate for dental implant if you
fulfill the following requirements:
* You must be medically fit to undergo ordinary surgery.
* Your jaw must have enough bone to support the implant.
(If not, bone grafting may be required)
* There must be enough space to accommodate the prosthesis over
* You must understand what the treatment can offer.
* You must realize to what extend the treatment can meet your
2. Should I consider dental implant?
* You do not want to have your natural teeth cut down which is
required in making your conventional dental bridge.
* You cannot wear or chew well with your denture.
* You cannot tolerate a denture in your mouth.
* You do not want to damage your remaining teeth from wearing a
* You have lost your back teeth making it possible to construct a
conventional dental bridge.
* You have a long toothless span, which is not indicated for
making a conventional dental bridge.
* You want superior aesthetic results with your tooth
* You want the most effective way of restoring your chewing
3. What are the procedures involved?
The surgery can commence after thorough diagnosis and treatment
planning. A recipient site of the same size and shape as the implant
is created in the jawbone with drilling instruments. The implant is
inserted into the site prepared. Usually, a healing period of 3 to 6
months is required for the jawbone to fuse with the implant. The
jawbone has different densities in different areas – the denser the
bone, the shorter the healing period. After this healing period, the
prosthesis is constructed over the implant and the treatment is
completed. Usually, a straightforward implant treatment takes about
4 to 7 months to complete. Longer periods are required for complex
situation such as cases requiring bone grafting.
How is the operation arranged?
The operation will be performed under aseptic condition usually
in a clinic with the proper facilities and conditions for dental
Local anesthesia is given for pain control during the operation.
Intravenous can be given if necessary. Pain, which may occur after
the operation, can be effectively controlled with dental
medications. The prosthetic part of the implant treatment does not
4. How successful is the treatment?
Modern dental implant treatment is highly successful, as a
general guideline, the five-year success rate of dental implant is
over 95% with the lower jaw (mandible) and about 90% with upper jaw
(maxilla). The success rates may slowly decrease as the implant
stays longer in function. In difficult cases, the success rates are
expected to be lower. Despite the overall high success rates with
dental implant treatment, there is still the possibility of failure,
which can be contributed by various factors and conditions, such as
poor healing power, poor bone quality, smoking and diabetes.
5. How long can an dental implant last?
The service life of an dental implant can be affected by many
High standards of treatment, meticulous daily cleaning by the
patient, regular professional maintenance, abstinence from smoking
and avoidance of overloading (like chewing bones, shells, hard nuts
and candies), can contribute to the durability of the oral implant.
In view of the high success of modern dental implant treatment; an
dental implant can be considered a long lasting medical implant that
does not need to be changed.
6. Is the operation safe?
Whereas no medical treatment can be guaranteed 100 percent
without risks and failures, implant operation can be considered very
safe. The prosthetic phase of treatment is basically non-invasive
and non –invasive and non-surgical in nature.