Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Dental implants have become the tooth replacement system of choice for many people in Singapore missing one or more teeth.
The popularity of implants lies in their aesthetic and practical advantages over other methods of dealing with tooth loss.
However, because implants are relatively new in the dental world, it’s understandable that patients often have many questions about them.
Here, you’ll find answers to five dental implant questions patients are always asking me.
“I’ve been practicing dentistry for 20 years and I’ve helped countless patients restore their smiles through the use of dental implants.”
Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?
Prevents Bone Loss By Fusing With Jaw Bone
Regular dentures and bridges can lead to jaw bone weakening. If your jaw is no longer supporting a tooth, the bone deteriorates because it lacks the stimulation it needs from the tooth root – in the same way that muscles atrophy without use.
Implants are unique in dentistry because they replace the root of a missing tooth with an artificial root that fuses with jaw bone – the only tooth replacement option to promote bone growth.
This gives you a fully-functional permanent solution to tooth loss with the major benefit of preserving facial structure.
Other reasons dental implants are so popular include:
Dental implants look, feel, fit and function just like natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
Implants provide a highly flexible treatment option, single tooth dental implants, dental implant bridges, implant retained dentures and All-On-4 dental implants, are all different variations of dental implant treatments which dentists use depending on the needs and requirements of the patient.
Are There Different Types of Dental Implants?
As an artificial tooth root, an implant comprises three parts. A titanium screw is surgically inserted into the jaw and a connector is attached to hold an artificial tooth.
From this basic structure, many treatment options can be derived through the use of implants, which been developed to fulfil different dental functions, such as:
Implants For Dentures
Implant-supported overdentures are an option if you’ve lost all your upper or lower teeth.
Implant For Fixed Bridge
Unlike traditional bridgework, bridges anchored by implants don’t rely on adjacent teeth for support.
Mini & Micro Implants
As the name suggests, mini implants are smaller than standard implants. They consist of a one-piece screw, with a ball-shaped end that protrudes from the jaw bone.
Micro implants are even smaller than mini implants, micro implants are used for particularly small gaps between teeth.
Will Dental Implants Be Right For Me?
If you’re basically healthy with a fully-developed jaw, dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or all your teeth. They can be used to support a crown, a full set of dentures or a dental bridge.
However, you’ll have to commit to a high standard of oral hygiene to look after your implanted teeth and surrounding gums. Regular brushing and flossing are essential, and so are regular check-ups and professional cleanings.
To determine whether dental implants are right for you, your dentist will carry out a thorough assessment of your mouth and jaw, including X-rays or digital scans.
Your dentist will also look at your medical history. The condition of your overall health affects how well an implant will fuse to bone and how your mouth will heal.
Implants may not be right for you if you have a severe medical problem such as:
- Uncontrolled diabetes.
- Uncontrolled gum disease (periodontitis).
- Significant immune deficiencies.
- Haemophilia, which hinders blood clotting.
Depending on the extent and severity of your medical condition, your implant dentist may be able to work with you and your physician to improve your overall health ahead of implant treatment.
Do Dental Implants Have a High Success Rate?
The skill, qualifications and experience of the dental surgeon play a major role in the success of dental implants.
The average success rate of dental implants in Singapore is over 95 percent. The higher success rates are achieved with expert treatment planning and identifying potential risks early.
Research shows the success rate of implants by inexperienced dentists to be just 73 percent, compared with 95.5 percent for dentists with advanced training in dental implant surgery.
In the right hands and with proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
You can help to ensure the ongoing functionality of your implants by:
- Eating healthily.
- Maintaining good oral hygiene.
- Getting regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
- Avoiding smoking.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Singapore?
Fees for dental implant treatment can vary considerably depending on the complexity of the case, and factors such as:
- Brand and type of implant.
- Material used to make the crowns, bridges or dentures.
- Whether a graft is needed to ensure implant stability.
Dental implant fees are MediSave claimable – up to $1,250 each implant – and if you’ve lost a tooth through an accident, personal injury insurance may come into play.
Dental implant costs in Singapore at NoFrills Dental start from $1,250 (after MediSave) for a standard, routine implant.
Here’s a breakdown of the pricing (before Medisave, excluding GST):
- Initial consultation – $50.
- Implant placement – $1,200 to $2,950.
- Crown placement – $1,250 to $3,000.
Other treatments incurring extra costs are sometimes needed ahead of dental implants, including:
- Bone graft – to ensure sufficient quality jaw bone to secure an implant.
- Sinus lift – to add bone between the jaw and the sinuses either side of the nose.
- Tooth extraction.
Why My Patients Choose Dental Implants
Dental implants can be expensive, and getting answers to questions like those above can go a long way towards helping you make an informed decision on whether implants are your best option.
After discovering the multiple benefits of dental implants, my patients invariably feel the extra cost is well worth paying.
In many cases, dental implants provide a permanent, lifelong solution to tooth loss – restoring your smile and self-confidence in professional and social interactions and enabling you to enjoy your favourite foods.
And you won’t have to worry about the jaw bone deterioration that can occur with dentures or bridges.
Contact us if you have more questions about dental implants and to find out whether they’re right for you.
- Yolanda Smith, B.
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So, What’s Next?
Interested in getting dental implants in Singapore?
If you’re looking for a natural-looking, permanent way to replace your missing teeth, implants could be the solution. To check whether you’re a good candidate and find out more about your options, contact us via our support hotline at 9007 1085 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us directly to get in touch with our dentists.
We would suggest for you to speak to one of our dentists. Our dental professionals providers are experienced, ready to answer all your queries, and will discuss all the possible treatment options available for you.
At the end of the day, we believe that the right dentist for you is the one who will lay out all your treatment options on the table, allowing you to make informed decisions, while ensuring that your entire treatment process is as enjoyable, comfortable and hassle-free as possible. Good communication between you and your dentist is the best way to ensure a smooth and successful treatment.
In addition, please only proceed with the treatment if you are fully comfortable with the treatment plan proposed by your provider.
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Generally, same-day dental implants provide patients with a temporary dental prosthesis immediately during the same visit after having the damaged tooth extracted and dental implant fixture (screw portion of the dental implant that is screwed into the jaw) placed.
The benefits of same-day dental implants over conventionally placed implants are very clear. You won’t have to wear a removable denture to hide missing teeth and the same-day dental implant process requires the least number of visits to the dentist.
If you’re considering getting dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth in your upper jaw, a procedure called a sinus lift may be necessary if you lack sufficient bone mass in your upper jaw to hold dental implants securely.
If you find yourself in that situation, you’ll want to know a lot about sinus lifts – a procedure you’ve probably never heard of before.
Even if you currently have a full set of healthy upper teeth, you might still be curious about sinus lifts – given that tooth loss among older people in Singapore is prevalent.
Dental implants may be the gold standard to replacing teeth but they’re not without their downsides. Dental bridges and dentures are great alternatives to dental implants.
If you’re looking for a non-surgical solution for your missing teeth. Then you might want to consider trying a dental bridge or some dentures.