While missing teeth can cause feelings of self-consciousness, covering the smile with the hand, or avoiding social situations altogether, tooth loss goes far beyond mere appearances. Of course, feeling confident can have its benefits too!
Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
At Dr. William Cheung and Associates, we have three dentists with surgical training on dental implants Dr. Stefani Cheung, Dr. Ben Chow, and Dr. Simon Ho, to replace missing teeth and restore the smile. The entire dental implant process can take place right here in our Central Hong Kong dental practice for the convenience of our patients.
Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?
To determine if a patient is a candidate for dental implant treatment, our dentists will perform a full evaluation using technology, such as digital imaging, to identify that adequate bone is present to support the dental implant post.
CBCT imaging, also known as 3-D imaging, supplies our clinical team with the information needed to plan for dental implant surgery and to formulate a treatment plan designed for each patient based on their oral health condition.
What Happens in the Event of Bone Loss?
Tooth loss can lead to the loss of the bone that once supported the missing tooth. If insufficient bone is present to support the dental implant, additional procedures such as bone grafting and sinus lifts make implants possible.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants consist of three main parts:
- The implant post
- Abutment (attachment)
- Dental implant crown
Implant posts, also called screws, fuse with natural bone to stabilize the dental implant. The custom abutment is an attachment that secures the dental crown to the implant post. A dental implant crown, designed to look like a real tooth, completes the chewing surfaces and restores the appearance of the smile.
Dental implant treatment typically takes several months. After surgery, we allow time for the bone to fully heal. While each patient is different, it usually takes between three and six months. If patients smoke, it could take longer.
Once the implant fuses with the bone, your Hong Kong dentist will place a customized dental crown atop the dental implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Many people find that dental implants have a number of health and cosmetic benefits.
Stable – dental implants will not shift
Esthetic – dental implants look very much like natural teeth
Preventive – help maintain the bite
Long-lasting – with proper dental care, dental implants have the potential to last a long time
Dental Implant Dentistry
For denture wearers and individuals who have multiple missing teeth, dental implant-supported dentistry can provide a solution.
Dental implant bridges rely on dental implants rather than healthy, existing teeth to support a dental bridge.
Dental implant dentures are secured in place using four to six dental implants to lock dentures into place to prevent troublesome movement while eating or laughing.
Contact Our Dental Office to Book a Dental Exam
We welcome new patients and are committed to providing total oral care for families. We look forward to welcoming you.