Implant Surgery

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into your jaw. This implant can then be used by your regular dentist to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Unlike traditional bridgework or partial dentures, dental implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support and thus, are not susceptible to cavities, root canal infections or tooth fractures. They are natural-looking and feeling, and can last a lifetime. Dental implants are often the best treatment option for a single missing tooth or multiple teeth, and can be used to anchor dentures for a more secure fit. Often, implants can even be used to eliminate the need for a removable partial denture all together.

A dental implant is made of titanium, a material that encourages bone growth and acts as a substitute for the missing tooth root. After an implant is placed and allowed to bond with the living bone tissue, your regular dentist can fabricate the tooth to fit on top.

Adequate bone in the jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. In most cases, prior to placing the implant, a special radiograph is required to enable the periodontist to determine the bone density and the location of the sinus and nerves. This helps to determine the type, size and number of implants needed. The radiograph required will be determined by the periodontist, and can vary for each individual case.

Once the planning process is completed, the implant process involves a minor surgical procedure. This process is completed under local anaesthesia such that no discomfort will be felt, and regular post-surgical instructions will be provided. Once the implant is secured in place, the overlying tissues are sutured in place and the area is allowed to heal for 3-6 months. After this healing stage, a second small surgical procedure may be necessary to expose and test the stability of the implant. Following this, the implant is ready to receive the crown and this stage will be done by your dentist.

4a) Missing lateral incisors. Two implants were placed and allowed to heal for 3 months.
4b) Implants and crowns on maxillary lateral incisors. Excellent healing and crowns fabricated by patient’s regular dentist. (Implants completed by Dr.Herman Thang. Crowns courtesy of Dr.Simon Yeh)

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