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Dental Implants

Here’s everything you need to know about dental implants in Singapore.

Dental Implant Singapore

Dental Implant Singapore

If you have lost one or more teeth, getting dental implants will enable you to smile with more confidence. Dental implants are a dental prosthesis that emulate the form and function of natural teeth. Dental implants permanently fill up dental gaps and at the same time protect your other teeth.

If you have any concerns or questions about dental implant treatment in Singapore, please feel free to give us a call.

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 3 main parts; the crown, titanium abutment and the implant fixture. When these 3 parts are combined, they form the basic structure of a dental implant. Our dentist at NoFrills Dental use 3-piece implant for the added benefit of part replacement, in the case of any complications in the dental crown or titanium abutment. 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 effectively act as a replacement of a tooth root, bonding with surrounding bone over the course of a few months after the initial surgery.

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

Benefits of Dental Implants

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Dental Implants Journey

– Dental Implant Singapore Explained By Dr Siah

When do you require dental implants?

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 happy with the service provided by your Removable Partial Dentures
  • You wish to preserve your existing teeth

Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth or provide implant support to dentures. Dental implants are essentially posts which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. These implants act as artificial roots for the missing tooth or teeth.

Since dental implants have to be inserted inside the jawbone, the material making up the implants should be acceptable to the human body. The most common material used for making dental implants is titanium; apart from being non-toxic to the human body, titanium is also strong and light in weight.

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.

Single Tooth Dental Implants in Singapore

Single Tooth Implant

In single tooth implants, only the roots of one tooth are replaced. During this procedure the neighboring teeth are not affected. It is important to replace 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 for instance a molar can make chewing difficult.
  • If a missing tooth is not replaced, other teeth near it may shift or tilt towards the gap left by the lost tooth.
  • The existing teeth may loosen and weaken and eventually the bone structure near tooth gap may be damaged.
  • Missing teeth lead to the damage of supporting bone structure. This eventually causes the skin on your face to sag making you appear older than you actually are.
Implant supported bridge and dentures

Implant Supported Bridge & Dentures

When there are several missing teeth, dental implants may be needed to offer support to a bridge. A bridge supported by implants does not require support from surrounding teeth, because the roots of the lost tooth are replaced.

In case you have lost all teeth then an implant-supported denture may provide the solution for you by replacing all your lost teeth and a few tooth roots. Since dental implants are inserted in the jawbone, implant-supported dentures are comfortable and immovable making biting and chewing feel as natural as possible.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Dental Implant Singapore treatment procedure normally comprises of three key stages:

dental implant placement in Singapore

Implant Placement

Firstly, your dentist uses x-ray images or other types of images to identify the precise location where the dental implants will be inserted. Afterwards your dentist inserts the implants inside the jawbone. It is normal to experience inflammation or/and sensitivity after the surgical procedure and your dentist can recommend some pain relieving medication.It may be recommended by your dentist that you eat soft foodstuffs while recuperating.

 

Happy asian man posing with his dental implanted teeth in Singapore

Healing Process

The jawbone develops and firmly holds the implant making it very strong and firm. This process is known as osseointegration and it happens over time. It can take a number of months for the implant to be totally integrated inside the jawbone. It is after this that a patient gets a permanent tooth/teeth replacement. Most of the time, the dental implants and the temporary tooth/teeth replacement(s) can be made at the same time.

 

dental implant crown placement

Prosthesis (Replacement Tooth/Teeth) Placement

Your dentist makes a tooth customized just for you in case you are undergoing single tooth implant procedure. This custom made tooth is known as a crown and it is meant to appear similar in appearance to your natural teeth. For implant-supported dentures and bridges, the dentist also designs customized dentures and bridges that blend with your other teeth and perfectly fit inside your mouth. Teeth replacements are then fixed on to the implants.

While you wait for your replacement teeth to be prepared as the preparation takes time, you are given a temporary crown, denture or bridge. The temporary crown, denture or bridge enables you to continue with your normal day-to-day activities like talking and eating as you await your permanent replacement tooth/teeth.

asian lady smiling with a clear aligner in her hand

Implant Placement

Firstly, your dentist uses x-ray images or other types of images to identify the precise location where the dental implants will be inserted. Afterwards your dentist inserts the implants inside the jawbone. It is normal to experience inflammation or/and sensitivity after the surgical procedure and your dentist can recommend some pain relieving medication.It may be recommended by your dentist that you eat soft foodstuffs while recuperating.

 

asian lady smiling with a clear aligner in her hand

Healing Process

The jawbone develops and firmly holds the implant making it very strong and firm. This process is known as osseointegration and it happens over time. It can take a number of months for the implant to be totally integrated inside the jawbone. It is after this that a patient gets a permanent tooth/teeth replacement. Most of the time, the dental implants and the temporary tooth/teeth replacement(s) can be made at the same time.

 

patient with dental insurance being treated by a female dentist in NoFrills Dental

Prosthesis Placement

Your dentist makes a tooth customized just for you in case you are undergoing single tooth implant procedure. This custom made tooth is known as a crown and it is meant to appear similar in appearance to your natural teeth. For implant-supported dentures and bridges, the dentist also designs customized dentures and bridges that blend with your other teeth and perfectly fit inside your mouth. Teeth replacements are then fixed on to the implants.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Dental Implants in Singapore

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implant at NoFrills Dental ranges from $1250 to $6000 per dental implants (after Medisave). This cost 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 done 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 claimble up to $1250 per implant.

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.

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 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.

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 supposed to provide 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.

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