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What are dental implants?
Dental implant is a titanium implant that is placed into the jaw/gum to replace missing teeth. Why titanium? Titanium is the most inert (accepted by human body) and there is no known case of titanium allergy, and it doesn't corrode compared to metal such as iron etc.
Dental implant is one of the latest innovation in dentistry. Previously, any missing teeth can only be replaced with a denture, which is although removable is troublesome and not accepted by everyone. Although dentures are still available as an easier and cheaper option of treatment, dental implant has become more popular because it is the best replacement for natural teeth.Dental implant is placed to replace the root of the tooth. Once the healing process is completed (around 3 months) the preparation can be made for construction of tooth. The teeth are normally made of porcelain, the shape and colour is 'custom-made' to complement the rest of the teeth.
There are a few factors that you have to consider when thinking about dental implant treatment. They are:
1) Treatment preferably carried out by qualified specialists - implant surgery can be complicated by inadequate bone, or other important structure such as nerves. Specialists such as Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are able to perform additional procedures such as bone grafting without having to refer to another specialists/clinics.
2) Implants used are from internationally recognised manufacturers. The products normally have gone through clinical trials and proven to be successful, hence the cost is a bit higher. They also offers lifetime warranty, should any failure occurs the implants will be replaced free of charge. This is very important especially for those seeking treatment overseas.
3) The implants used are normal implants and not mini implants. Mini implants has a fairly limited use. Although the cost is cheaper, they are not meant to replace normal implants in most cases.
4) Surgeries are carried out in a clean, dedicated surgery room , with adequate sterilised instruments. Instruments that are not properly prepared will increase the risk of implant failures.
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