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Dental Implants

The gold standard when it comes to replacing missing or damaged teeth.

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Dental Implants – What Are They?

Dental implants are a dental prosthesis that emulate the form and function of natural teeth. Dental implants permanently fill up dental gaps, prevent bone loss and help protect your other teeth. If you have lost one or more teeth, getting dental implants will revitalise your smile enabling you to smile with confidence once again.

Dental implants have become an increasingly popular alternative to conventional dentures and bridges. If you’re thinking about dental implants to replace your missing teeth, many questions have probably occurred to you, such as:

For patients who have difficulty chewing because of missing teeth, or who are tired of their dentures slipping and sliding in the mouth, dental implants offer a permanent & secure solution for replacing teeth.

Dental Implants Explained

Dental implants come in many shapes and sizes but they can typically be broken down into three main parts; the crown, titanium abutment and the implant fixture. When these three parts are combined, they form the basic structure of a dental implant.

During implant surgery, the fixture of the dental implant will be inserted into the upper and/or lower jaw of the patient, this fixture will act as a replacement of a tooth’s root, bonding with surrounding bone over the course of a few months after the dental implant placement surgery.

Dentists have complete flexibility and versatility in personalising each dental implant to the meet the unique needs of each and every patient.

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Benefit of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing or damaged teeth in Singapore. Dental implants offer patients a wide range of benefits with minimal downsides.

Here are some of the common benefits that patients enjoy after getting their missing teeth replaced with dental implants.

dental implant procedure in singapore - lady wearing sun hat and holding camera happy with her brand new dental implants in Singapore

Comfortable & Natural

Dentures supported by implants are more comfortable compared to normal dentures without implants. Moreover, the firm grip of  implants makes artificial teeth feel and appear more natural compared to normal dentures or bridges.

lady with dental implants smiling while writing on her red booklet

Long-lasting & Reliable

With proper care, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime, with predictable outcomes. Dental implants also come with the added benefit of bone retention compared to other tooth replacement solutions such as traditional full-dentures or dental bridges.

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Speak Better, Feel Better

One fear which denture wearers have is that of their dentures popping out of their mouths when they speak. Implant supported prostheses are retained firmly to the jaw, allowing patients to speak with confidence. 

Improved Facial Features

Dental implants prevent bone loss through the preservation of natural tooth tissue and reduction in bone resorption and deterioration, restoring lost jawbone structure. After the placement of dental implants, patients can expect a certain degree of improvement when it comes to their facial strucure from the restoration of previously lost jawbone structure. 

Improved Ability to Chew

Dental implants fixtures are surgically placed in your jaw bone, mimicking the roots of natural teeth. Dental implants help preserve the jaw bone and reduce bone resorption. When utilising a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, patients can expect improved ability to chew food and speech.

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High Success Rate

Well planned and cared for dental implants generally offer ‘survival rates’ comparable or better than other teeth replacement options.  And, as implant technology and techniques improve, so should their success rate. People in good health have the best chance for successful implants.

lady with dental implants smiling while writing on her red booklet

Improved Facial Features

Dental implants prevent bone loss through the preservation of natural tooth tissue and reduction in bone resorption and deterioration, restoring lost jawbone structure. After the placement of dental implants, patients can expect a certain degree of improvement when it comes to their facial strucure from the restoration of previously lost jawbone structure. 

dental implant procedure in singapore - lady wearing sun hat and holding camera happy with her brand new dental implants in Singapore

Comfortable & Natural

Dentures supported by implants are more comfortable compared to normal dentures without implants. Moreover, the firm grip of  implants makes artificial teeth feel and appear more natural compared to normal dentures or bridges.

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Long-lasting & Reliable

With proper care, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime, with predictable outcomes. Dental implants also come with the added benefit of bone retention compared to other tooth replacement solutions such as traditional full-dentures or dental bridges.

Improved Ability to Chew

Dental implants fixtures are surgically placed in your jaw bone, mimicking the roots of natural teeth. Dental implants help preserve the jaw bone and reduce bone resorption. When utilising a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, patients can expect improved ability to chew food and speech.

Speak Better, Feel Better

One fear which denture wearers have is that of their dentures popping out of their mouths when they speak. Implant supported prostheses are retained firmly to the jaw, allowing patients to speak with confidence. 

Dental Implant Singapore

High Success Rate

Well planned and cared for dental implants generally offer ‘survival rates’ comparable or better than other teeth replacement options.  And, as implant technology and techniques improve, so should their success rate. People in good health have the best chance for successful implants.

Understanding Dental Implants

Dental Implant Explained By Dr. Kenneth Siah

When are dental implants required?

When you have lost one or more teeth to disease or injury, dental implants might be what you need. Dental implants are very effective particularly for replacing missing teeth.

You may need to get dental implants in case:

  • You have lost teeth and for this reason you cannot smile comfortably.
  • Your dentures are not comfortable
  • You are not unhappy with results provided by your removable partial denture or full denture
  • You wish to preserve the remainder of your existing teeth

Moreover, it is important for you to replace your missing teeth due to the following reasons:

  • The gap left by the missing teeth may make your smile less attractive.
  • Missing teeth can affect your speech.
  • Missing a tooth can make chewing difficult.
  • If a missing tooth is not replaced, adjacent teeth near may shift or tilt towards the gap left by the lost tooth.
  • Other existing teeth may loosen and weaken.
  • Missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw.
  • Missing teeth can cause the skin on your face to sag making you appear older than you actually are.

Types of Dental Implants

There are several types of dental implants. Depending on the treatment plan recommended by your dentist, dental implants can be placed within a day or the procedure may take longer, sometimes a couple of months. You need not worry about anything because your dentist will guide you through the procedure and recommend to you the most suitable implant type to address your needs and requirements after assessing your condition.

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Single Tooth Implant

Single tooth dental implants are the most common type of dental implant used. In single tooth implants, the roots of one single tooth is replaced. During this procedure the neighboring teeth are not affected. This dental implant solution is typically used when a patient is only missing one or a few teeth.

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Implant Supported Bridge

When there are several missing teeth, dental implants may be used to offer support to a implant retained bridge. An implant retained bridge can replace up to 6 teeth in a row using just 2 supporting implants.

This solution is more affordable than placing an individual implant for each missing tooth, and once in position the bridge will look like a row of natural teeth. Unlike conventional dental bridges, an implant supported bridge does not require support from surrounding teeth, because the roots of lost teeth are replaced.

A popular implant supported bridge solution available in Singapore is the All-On-4 Dental Implant System.

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Implant Retained/Supported Denture

For patients who are edentulous and missing all of their teeth, an implant retained/supported denture may be a viable solution as well, this procedure replaces all missing teeth by utilising a couple of implants to retain or support a denture. 

Since dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, implant retained/supported dentures are a lot comfortable than regular dentures and almost immovable, making biting and chewing feel as natural as possible.

Dental Implant Process:

Dental Implant treatment procedure normally comprises of these key stages:

initial dental implant consultation

1. Initial Consultation

During your initial dental implant consultation, your dentist will thoroughly analyse the current state of your oral health and access your suitability for dental implant surgery.

Through the use of X-ray imaging and 3D intraoral scanning, your dentist will be able to precisely measure the amount of bone present in your face and jaw and identify the exact location where the dental implant will be placed.

After accessing your needs and requirements, your dentist will recommend the right type of dental implant treatment for you, i.e. single dental implant, dental implant bridge, implant retained denture, etc.

dental bone grafting required before dental implant placement due to bone loss in the jaw

2. Sinus Lift & Bone Grafting

Before proceeding with the dental implant surgery stage, some patients may require addition surgical procedures to be done such as a sinus lift and/or bone graft due to the lack of bone in the upper and/or lower jaw for the dental implants to be successful.

Boss loss in the jaw can occur for a number of reasons such as, periodontitis, bone resorption due to missing teeth, misaligned teeth, tumours and cysts.

After undergoing a sinus lift and/or bone graft surgery, you’ll need to wait for 6 months for the soft tissue and bone to fully heal before proceeding with the placement of dental implants.

dental implant placement process

3. Implant Fixture Placement

Once your dentist has ascertained that the sinus lift and bone grafts procedures had been successful, can the placement of dental implants begin.

An implant guide will be 3D printed based on x-ray images and intraoral scans taken prior to the dental implant surgery, to ensure a swift and successful procedure. The entire dental implant surgery procedure is done under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia (if multiple dental implants are placed in the same sitting).

During this surgery, the fixture portion of the dental implant will be placed in the upper and/or lower jaw bone and left to recover and allow for osseointegration to occur before the remainder of the implant is completed.

OPG xray for sinus lifts

4. Healing & Osseointegration

It is normal to experience inflammation or/and sensitivity after the surgical procedure and your dentist can recommend some pain relieving medication. It is generally recommended that you eat soft foods while recuperating.

Before the final prosthesis (crown, bridge or denture) can be permanently cemented on the fixture, the dental implant fixture will need to osseointegrate with the jawbone. Bone cells in the jaw attach themselves directly on the titanium surface, permanently locking the dental implant fixture into the jawbone. The osseointegration process can take up to 6 months to complete.

The long-term success of any dental implant is highly reliant on osseointegration. As the failure to osseointegrate, will result in a failure of the implant procedure.

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5. Prosthesis Placement

After the dental implant fixture has successfully integrated with your jaw bone, a fully customised dental prosthesis will be made to meet your needs and requirements, such as an implant crown, implant supported bridge, implant retained denture or All-on-4 denture.

The dental prosthesis will be designed to blend naturally with your other teeth and fit perfectly inside your mouth.

While the permanent prosthesis is being manufactured in a dental lab, you’ll be fitted with a set of temporary prosthesis (crown, bridge or denture) to use.

Once completed, the permanent prosthesis will be fixed onto your dental implants, giving you a brand new and improved smile to show the world.

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6. Regular Dental Checkups

After you’ve had your dental implants placed, you’ll need to come in for regular dental checkups, once every 6 – 8 months.

During the dental checkup, your dentist will access your overall oral health, the integrity of your dental implants and address any other potential oral health issues that you may have before they escalate into more serious oral health problems.

Regular dental checkups are essential for the long term success of your dental implants as a healthy set of teeth and gums will significantly prolong the lifespan of your dental implants.

1. Initial Consultation

During your initial dental implant consultation, your dentist will thoroughly analyse the current state of your oral health and access your suitability for dental implant surgery.

Through the use of X-ray imaging and 3D intraoral scanning, your dentist will be able to precisely measure the amount of bone present in your face and jaw and identify the exact location where the dental implant will be placed.

After accessing your needs and requirements, your dentist will recommend the right type of dental implant treatment for you, i.e. single dental implant, dental implant bridge, implant retained denture, etc.

initial dental implant consultation

2. Sinus Lift & Bone Grafting If Required

Before proceeding with the dental implant surgery stage, some patients may require addition surgical procedures to be done such as a sinus lift and/or bone graft due to the lack of bone in the upper and/or lower jaw for the dental implants to be successful.

Boss loss in the jaw can occur for a number of reasons such as, periodontitis, bone resorption due to missing teeth, misaligned teeth, tumours and cysts.

After undergoing a sinus lift and/or bone graft surgery, you’ll need to wait for 6 months for the soft tissue and bone to fully heal before proceeding with the placement of dental implants.

dental bone grafting required before dental implant placement due to bone loss in the jaw

3. Implant Fixture Placement

Once your dentist has ascertained that the sinus lift and bone grafts procedures had been successful, can the placement of dental implants begin.

An implant guide will be 3D printed based on x-ray images and intraoral scans taken prior to the dental implant surgery, to ensure a swift and successful procedure. The entire dental implant surgery procedure is done under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia (if multiple dental implants are placed in the same sitting).

During this surgery, the fixture portion of the dental implant will be placed in the upper and/or lower jaw bone and left to recover and allow for osseointegration to occur before the remainder of the implant is completed.

dental implant placement process

4. Healing & Osseointegration

It is normal to experience inflammation or/and sensitivity after the surgical procedure and your dentist can recommend some pain relieving medication. It is generally recommended that you eat soft foods while recuperating.

Before the final prosthesis (crown, bridge or denture) can be permanently cemented on the fixture, the dental implant fixture will need to osseointegrate with the jawbone. Bone cells in the jaw attach themselves directly on the titanium surface, permanently locking the dental implant fixture into the jawbone. The osseointegration process can take up to 6 months to complete.

The long-term success of any dental implant is highly reliant on osseointegration. As the failure to osseointegrate, will result in a failure of the implant procedure.

OPG xray for sinus lifts

5. Prosthesis Placement

After the dental implant fixture has successfully integrated with your jaw bone, a fully customised dental prosthesis will be made to meet your needs and requirements, such as an implant crown, implant supported bridge, implant retained denture or All-on-4 denture.

The dental prosthesis will be designed to blend naturally with your other teeth and fit perfectly inside your mouth.

While the permanent prosthesis is being manufactured in a dental lab, you’ll be fitted with a set of temporary prosthesis (crown, bridge or denture) to use.

Once completed, the permanent prosthesis will be fixed onto your dental implants, giving you the finished product and a brand new smile to show the world.

dental implant prosthesis placement

6. Follow-Up Checkups

After you’ve had your dental implants placed, you’ll need to come in for regular dental checkups, once every 6 – 8 months.

During the dental checkup, your dentist will access your overall oral health, the integrity of your dental implants and address any other potential oral health issues that you may have before they escalate into more serious oral health problems.

Regular dental checkups are essential for the long term success of your dental implants as a healthy set of teeth and gums will significantly prolong the lifespan of your dental implants.

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Dental Implant Cost

The cost of dental implants in Singapore generally ranges from $1250 to $6000 per dental implants (after Medisave).

The cost of a dental implant varies as there are many factors to take into account when it comes to implant treatment, ranging from the brand and type of implants used, the material used in the fabrication of the crowns, dentures or bridges, and whether or not a sinus lift surgery and/or bone graft is required to ensure implant stability after surgery.

Moreover, other factors such as the number of implants in the treatment will also factor additional cost into dental implant cost and the final pricing of the entire procedure.

Dental implant surgery is Medisave claimable up to $1250 per implant. Our clinical staff will walk you through the Medisave claiming process for your dental implant treatment

Speak to one of our dentists to understand more about dental implant, your suitability for implants and the different type of implant costs associated with your treatment.

To better understand the cost of dental implants in Singapore, you can check out our comprehensive guide on dental implants.

Cost of Dental Implant (Before Medisave)

$2,500 – $6,000
First Payment
(Initial Consultation)
$50
Second Payment
(Implant Placement)
$1,200 – $2,950
Third Payment
(Placement of Crown)
$1,250 – $3,000

*All prices indicated excludes 7% GST

**Prices quoted do not include other dental treatments such as sinus lifts, bone grafting, extractionsfillings and cleaning

*** Flexible payment plans are available as well

Get Started On Your Dental Implant Journey With Our Team of Dedicated Dental Professionals

Our team of experienced dentists are fully dedicated to providing patients with high-quality and affordable dental care. Our dentists are well-versed in the oral surgery, and highly adept in producing highly aesthetic and long lasting dental implants for all our patients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Dental Implants in Singapore

How long do dental implants last?

Implants have been specially designed to be a permenant tooth replacement.

As such, with proper care, maintenance and good oral hygiene, they typically last for more than 25 years on average.

What alternatives are there to dental implants?

If you’re looking for alternatives to dental implants for your tooth replacement needs, you can take a look at non-surgical options such as dentures or dental bridges.

We’ve got an in-depth analysis of dental implants, dentures and dental bridges that you can read.

What are the risks involved with dental implants and dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery is a safe procedure when done executed by an experienced dental surgeon.

However, as with any form of surgery, it is not without its risks and patients should know about the potential risks involved with implant surgery. 

Problems are rare, though, and when they do occur they’re usually minor and easily treated/remedied.

Some of the potential risks of dental implant surgery include:

  • Peri-Implantitis – infection of the dental implant site
  • Damage to surrounding teeth or blood vessels.
  • Nerve damage
  • Puncturing of sinus when implants placed in the upper jaw causing the implate to protrude into one of your sinus cavities.
  • Failure to osseointegrate – Dental implant is unable to properly fuse to the jawbone.

What are success rate of dental implants?

90% – 95% of dental implants are successful, however, there is a possibility that bone tissue may fail to fuse sufficiently to the titanium dental implant fixtures.

In cases that implants fail to fuse to bone, the implants must be removed and bone matter is cleaned up.

After which, patients may choose to try the procedure again in 3 – 6 months.

Smoking, for example, may contribute to implant failure and complications.

Who Is a good candidate for dental implants?

Despite the effectiveness of implants, not everyone can undergo a dental implant surgery. Before undergoing implant surgery, a patient must be healthy or have clearance from a dental surgeon.

Additionally one needs to have sufficient bone structure to provide support to the implant. If bone structure is inadequate, then such a patient requires bone build-up which can be accomplished through bone grafting or sinus lift surgery.

Patients with chronic diseases like leukemia or diabetes are discouraged from undergoing implant surgery since such diseases slow down the healing process after surgery.

Substances such as tobacco may slow healing as well and so patients using tobacco should talk to their dentists to be advised on ways to quit using tobacco.

In case your dentist recommends implant treatment, you need to pay particular attention to your oral hygiene since it determines whether or not the implant treatment will be successful.

You need to ensure that the area near the implant is clean because failure to do so makes you more prone to gum disease. Gum disease damages bone structure and gum tissues which are essentially when it comes to providing support to the implant.

Are regular dental checkups required after dental implant surgery?

It is important that you talk to your dentist about your concerns and worries regarding implant treatment.

Dental implant treatments usually run for a longer duration of time and may be more costly compared to other teeth replacement alternatives.

However since you might never need to change dental implants for the rest of your life, they are worth the cost and time.

Regularly visit your dentist to ensure that your implants are always in good condition. Your dentist may schedule appointments to monitor your dental health to ensure that the implant and teeth are healthy and well taken care of.

Your dentist will also recommend that you practice routine dental care at home including flossing once and brushing twice daily. To protect your teeth from cavity and gum from disease, your dentist may recommend a special mouthwash or toothbrush.

You can always ask for your dentist’s opinion on the suitability of dental implants based on your dental needs. With proper treatment and oral hygiene, dental implants are the best and can guarantee you a lifetime of healthy smiles.

How long is the entire dental implant placement process?

Generally, the dental implant placement procedure takes up to 6 months to complete. If a bone graft or sinus lift is required, the process can take up 1 year to complete.

In the initial stage, only the implant fixture (the screw) is placed in the jaw bone, stitched up and left alone to heal over the course of four to five months. This healing process allows the dental implant fixture to integrate with bone. Permanently locking it in place.

In the second stage of the procedure, x-rays are taken to ensure the implant fixture is stable and has been fully integrated with bone.

After your dentist has deemed the implant fixture to be stable and properly fused to bone, the dental implant fixture is then exposed and fitted with a healing abutment.

At this stage, your dentist will also proceed to take a mold or intraoral scan of your mouth to fabricate the final restorative crown that will be fitted onto the implant fixture.

Once we’ve received your dental crown from the dental lab, we’ll schedule you in for placement of the crown.

What are same-day dental implants?

Same-day dental implants, also known as immediate dental implants is a method of placing dental implants and loading the dental implants with a dental prosthesis on the same day. This reduces the entire treatments time significantly.

This method of placing a dental implant is only suitable for certain types of cases and not every is a suitable candidate.

We have a seperate article that discusses immediate dental implants

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Singapore 039594

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Understanding Immediate Dental Implants

Understanding Immediate Dental Implants

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.

Sinus Lift & Augmentation | Here’s What You Can Expect

Sinus Lift & Augmentation | Here’s What You Can Expect

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.

5 Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Implants

5 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 us.

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