Dentures are removable appliances with artificial teeth. They are made of plastic (acrylic) or a combination of plastic and metal (cobalt chromium). Alternatively you can also ask for flexible dentures that are softer than the traditional plastic. The innovation of the biocompatible flexible material allows the dentures to adapt to the constant movement and flexibility in your mouth.
It is currently the best approach to replace missing teeth as it gives long term success and durability.
- Is the treatment painful?There will be some discomfort after implant placement, similar to extraction of a tooth. It is normal to have some bruising and swelling too but your dentist will prescribe some painkiller and anti-swelling medications. You will be advised to adhere to soft diet after the surgery. You should brush your teeth but to avoid the surgical area for the first two weeks.
- What precautions should I take before the surgery?If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking for at least two weeks before the surgery. Studies have shown that smoking decreases the success rate of implant placement significantly.
- When can I resume my normal activities?Most people return to work within a day or two after the surgery. If you are an existing denture wearer, your denture may need to be adjusted to ensure a better fit during this interim period. Please contact your dentist.
- What is the success rate for dental implants?Dental implants have been in used for over thirty years. The long term success rate is reported to be as high as 95%. However, smoking and some medical conditions, such as diabetes, will compromise wound healing and increase the risk of implant failure.
- How long do implants last?Implants can fail if you do not practice proper oral hygiene techniques. As such, it is important for you to visit your dentist at least twice a year to assess your overall oral hygiene condition and the implant stability. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups will help to ensure the long term success of your implants.