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Dental Implants - Advanced Treatment For Your Dental Problems
Dental Implants - Advanced Treatment For Your Dental Problems

Everyone wants to have a shiny and vibrant smile to feel young and healthy. Your sense of self-confidence is conveyed to others about how you feel about yourself. Healthy teeth definitely are taken for granted by the majority of us, but if you have ever had a missing tooth or another complication that affected your teeth’s appearance then you know how awful it is to have that burden of self-conscious inadequacy due to dental cosmetic unsightliness. The good news is that there are arrays of dental implants available to treat most any form of tooth decay, injury, or other aesthetic complications.

First Stop in Bangkok: MedAsia Healthcare Complex

MedAsia Healthcare Complex is one of the foremost and top of the line facilities in Thailand that offers dental implants and uses internationally trained Implant surgeons and Prosthodontists to perform this surgery in Thailand. Our professional staff can walk you through the process of selecting the best dental implants for your needs. An original or natural tooth is composed of a crown and a root. When you lose a tooth or have to have one replaced, a dental implant artificially recreates the root and crown of the tooth which is then replaced in the area where the missing tooth was during the dental implants surgery.

What is Dental Implant?

Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gums. Once in place, they allow the dentist to put replacement teeth onto them.

How do Dental Implants Works:

1. They provide artificial support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift into the mouth.
2. Important benefit when eating and speaking
3. The secure fit helps dentures and bridges as well as crowns placed over implants.
4. Bone loss is stopped when implants are placed and they cannot be damaged by decay.
5. Can improve facial appearance as well as dental function
6. Restore chewing for easy digestion
7. Preserve surrounding bone

Candidate for Dental Implant:

1. Healthy Gums
2. Enough bone to anchor the implants in the jaw. Some people who have lost bone in their jaw still can get implants, but first, the bone must be rebuild using special procedures.
3. A commitment to taking very good care of the implanted teeth and surrounding gums.
4. Young people whose jawbones have not stopped growing

Dental Implants Surgery

After the candidate goes through the preliminary consultation and medical history protocol with the prosthodontist, the process can begin. The treatment time and number of visits will vary from patient to patient, depending on each patient’s needs and treatment plan. There are implants that require 2 step process:

• First Surgery

Our Implant surgeon first administers a local anesthetic. The anesthesia may be given by mouth or intravenous line. The surgeon will make the first incision in your gum to expose the bone and place the implant in the hole. The surgeon might take an x-ray to make sure that the implants are in the proper place. The surgeon will then stitch the gum closed over the implant. The time required for this procedure is usually 1 hour per single implant.

If you do not have enough bone to support for implant, you may be able to have the bone in the area built up. This is a common procedure called bone-grafting or bone-augmentation. If the jawbone isn’t thick enough or is it too soft, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because the powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on your bone, and if it can’t support the implant, the surgery likely would fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant.

With bone grafting, a piece of bone is removed from another part of your jaw or your body and transplanted to your jawbone. It may take up to 9 months for the transplanted bone to grow enough new bone to support a dental implant. In some cases, you may need only minor bone grafting, which can be done at the same time as the implant surgery. The condition of your jawbone determines how you proceed. The client may wear dentures and bridge during this time.

After the implant is placed in the jaw, the client will have to wait several months for the bone to bond with the implant. This usually takes 3 or 4 months in the lower jaw and or 5 or 6 months in the upper jaw. During this time, the head of the implant usually remains hidden under the client’s gum.

• Second Surgery

After the implant was attached to the surrounding bone, the client will be ready for the second surgery. After giving a local anesthesia, the surgeon will make a cut in the gum. This exposes the implant. The surgeon will remove a protective screw from the implant and replace it with a metal healing cap (collar). The healing cap looks like a small metal cylinder that sits above your gums in the area where your tooth would be. It maintains the spaces that the gum heals correctly around the implant.

After healing implant is completed, the client will return to prosthodontist or restorative dentist to continue with the treatment, which involves the following steps:

• Observing the implants, on the remaining natural teeth and gums
• Fabrication of the teeth in a dental laboratory to make it look more natural and strong.
• Trial and fitting of artificial teeth over the implants. The teeth will be matched according to their physical characteristics to match the original teeth.
• Delivery of the new teeth and observing and healing of screw access holes if any.

What are Access Holes?

Screw Access Holes indicates the location of the screw from where the implant is secured. Also, it allows easy retrieve ability in which cemented implant restorations can be removed if needed.

There are 2 ways of securing the implants:

1. Cement Retained- this crown can be typically made using a pre- fabricated abutment that has been prepared similar to regular crown and bridge procedures. The chair side and laboratory procedures for making a cement-retained implant restoration are fairly similar to that of regular crown and bridge in natural teeth. The real challenge comes from multiple- unit restorations. Cement retained restorations on multiple abutments is fairly similar to routine bridge procedures. Also, the cement- retained has the ability to handle angled implants. Cement- retained is made of titanium components called abutments which are firstly screwed onto the implants. Once cemented, it is impossible to retrieve the crown.

2. Screw- retained- instead of being glued, the artificial teeth are held onto the underlying abutments by screws. This requires openings to be made at the top of the artificial teeth for the screws to pass through. These holes are not visible when you smile as they sealed with tooth coloured filling material. There are several reasons why you might want to temporarily remove an implant crown such as porcelain fracture, hygienic maintenance, and dentistry on adjacent teeth. If the person has access hole to the prosthetic or abutment screw, then retrieveability is easy. Though it is more expensive than cement- retained, the Screw- retained is kind to peri- implant tissues even if you always remove the crown for hygienic purposes.
The permanent teeth usually take 2 to 3 weeks before it can be put into the implant.

How long does it take to make the new teeth?

Depending on the complexity of the prostheses, it may take one week to a month to make them.

How soon thereafter can a patient begin to eat and function?

As soon as the final restoration has been places, the patient can resume normal eating again. For the first two to three weeks after initial placement of the implant, a strict soft diet is necessary. As conditions vary per patient, different dietary instructions will be given in order to minimize stress on the implant until it has fully integrated into the bone.

Our professional staff at MedAsia Healthcare Complex conducts dental implants surgery on a regular basis. Our prosthodontists and implant surgeons are licensed and trained according to the highest standards possible. You will receive the best pre- and post-operative care possible at our facility.

Alternative to Dentures and Bridges

Dental implants which are used in dental implants surgery are usually constructed from titanium and have a screw-like end which is placed in the jawbone area where the missing tooth was. They can be used to replace dentures or bridges and don’t cause complications with wear and tear on the teeth, jawbone, or gums. They also are permanent and rarely need to be replaced. Dental implants can replace one tooth or several missing either adjacent to each other, or in different places. The implants preserve the integrity of bone and tissues of the mouth, preventing the progression of deterioration that would occur without them The dental implants function naturally and patients also like the aesthetic appeal that the implants gives to their facial features, giving a fuller and healthier appearance.
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