August 6, 2020
Oral health during Covid-19 lockdown.
Dental implants are titanium based metal alloys which can fuse to bone. It acts as an anchor to secure a crown or bridge or denture. Nuts and bolts to implant teeth.
Dental implants are a good alternative to replacing missing teeth. Unlike natural teeth these prostheses cannot decay. When manufactured correctly, the prostheses mimic natural teeth.
Functioning on prostheses anchored by implants is comfortable because they don’t move like a conventional denture.
The current dental literature and peer consensus agree that dental implants are safe to use in the body. The type of implant used, and method of insertion will impact on their lifespan.
Many dental companies supply implant fixtures. But not all have long term research on their products.
The process and procedure used to insert dental implants are crucial. A breakdown in the proper process of treatment planning, infection control, tissue management, and meticulous handling of the bone, can compromise implant success.
The components used for the dental implant prostheses is expensive. A specialist laboratory is used for the manufacture of the prostheses. Australian based dental laboratories compared to overseas labs attract higher fees.
The surgical placement of implants involves the use of a lot of materials. Preparation of the dental surgery for a procedure takes longer often requiring at least 2 nurses to assists.
The prostheses has more parts to bring together to complete the manufacture. Also a specialist lab is used to manufacture the prostheses for an excellent, predictable result, but comes at a higher cost.
Any form of surgery carries common risks like infection, pain, bleeding, and swelling.
Dental implant failure by rejection from the site can happen. Proper surgical protocols and procedures significantly lowers rejection rates.
There are some individuals in the population who will reject implants. No biological markers exists to predetermine if an individual is susceptible to rejection. The rejection rate is very low, about 2%.
Mechanical failure of the components making up the prostheses can occur. The need for regular maintenance of the prostheses to mitigate this risks is necessary.
Dental implants are not suited for all individuals. Inadequate bone volume at the site makes placement of implants difficult.
Bone grating improves bone volume. This additional surgical step uses either your own bone or artificial bone.
Individuals who smoke will need to stop smoking to avoid failure of bone integration. If there is periodontal disease this needs to be managed prior to surgery.
Till next time keep smiling!
Dr Roland Chong