Atraumatic and painless implant surgery (Part 4 of 4)

Atraumatic and painless implant surgery by Dr. David Tan

July 1, 10:21 AM

Dr. David Tan of Imperial Dental Specialist Centre
Dental implants are the favoured solution to teeth restoration, as prosthetics appear and feel like natural teeth. In fact, dental implants may be optimal solutions among those who’ve suffered missing teeth due to trauma, fractures or periodontal disease. Implants have excellent capabilities of preserving jawbone height while aligning the surrounding teeth. As implants fuse with bones, they provide stable support for the implanted prosthesis. Besides superior stability, function and aesthetics, patients may similarly undergo implants because other solutions are functionally inferior. 
Dentures, for instance, constantly pop out during eating and conversation. Bridges, on the other hand, necessitate the presence of adjacent teeth in order for prosthetics to remain stable. Furthermore, neighbouring teeth are additionally shaved down so that new, replacement teeth can be held in place. 
Despite its many benefits, some individuals are still wary of implant surgery as they assume procedures are painful and invasive. This belief is simply untrue. With the aid of technology, software and high-tech dental devices, modernity has enabled dentists to perform implant surgeries in a minimally invasive manner and with high precision. Nowadays, most dental clinics are equipped with Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) machines which offer x-ray images in 3D viewability. These images allow dentists to pre-operatively plan surgeries. We can measure jawbones and view tissues in relation with their associated vital structures including nerves, sinus lining, etc. CBCT also helps dentists envision precise implant placements, as well as create surgical guides. 
In regard to pain during surgery, there’s no need to fret as local anaesthesia is provided prior to implantation. Although patients remain conscious, zero discomfort should be felt. Dental implant patients may or may not experience minimal discomfort following surgery as implantation techniques are pre-planned and minimally intrusive. Likewise, dentists will prescribe some medications to alleviate any post-procedural side effects, if need be. 
Dental implants are a safe, logical choice for all your tooth restoration needs. Compared against other competing treatments, implants are the only solution to precise surgical planning, minor discomfort and enduring results. 

The crowns were cemented after implants fully fused with jawbones. The old crowns were replaced. Additional crowns were fabricated for enhanced aesthetics and function. (Pictures courtesy of Dato' Dr. How Kim Chuan)

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