What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a very small but strong post which replaces your missing tooth. It does not rely on the neighbouring teeth for support.
The dental implant acts as a support for the tooth, and only requires a short surgery. The procedure has minimal discomfort and requires local anaesthetic only.
Advantages of Keyhole Guided Implant Surgery
Faster Implant Surgery
Painless Implant Surgery
Smaller Wound After Surgery
Faster Healing After Implant
Keyhole Guided Implant Surgery
Keyhole Guided Implant Surgery is a procedure using Fully Guided Implant technique that is done at our clinic. It is an advanced technique that minimises the size of the surgery site, leading to painless implant surgery and precise, fast guided implant placement for you.
For the shortest surgical time, greatest comfort and highest accuracy, dental implants can be placed with our Fully Digital Guided Dental Implant Technique, where our skilled surgeon places the dental implant precisely in the most optimal position using a customised 3D CAD-CAM guide, designed and made in our clinic.
Using the combination of our 3D CEREC scanner and 3D CBCT X-Rays means we can digitally reconstruct an accurate model of your mouth and jaws. We use this model to plan and design the optimal position and function for the replacement tooth and implant.
After the best position for the dental implant is determined, we design and mill out the surgical guide which is to be used during the surgery to ensure the precise placement of the dental implant.
- Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Straumann is a leading global leader in implant dentistry. Supported by decades of independent research papers and with 60 years of history, Straumann implants have a proven track record of success and longevity.
Do I need an Implant?
What happens if I leave the gap between my teeth without any treatment?
After the tooth is extracted, a space is left between the teeth. Over many years, without treatment, the following long term consequences usually occur:
- The neighbouring teeth can start to tip or drift inwards towards the space. As this happens, food will get stuck under these teeth and it can be harder to clean.
- In most cases, the opposing tooth will also start to ‘grow’ or ‘super-erupt’ towards the space. Eventually, the tooth may end up loose or biting on the gum and may need to be extracted.
- The bone where the tooth socket used to be will gradually become less dense and may dip down.
If these happen, additional complex treatment may be needed before we can replace the teeth. Therefore, we always recommend that you consider all options carefully if a tooth is lost, or even before you take out the tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Like A New Tooth
Functionality and visual appearance go together: a dental implant borne restoration looks like a natural tooth. The dental implant fuses to your bone and becomes part of your body.
People with dental implants report better chewing sensation, greater biting strength and unchanged sense of taste and smell, compared to other options such as dentures.
They preserve your facial structure
Dental Implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone, maintaining the bone amount and density, if proper oral hygiene is maintained.
However, if teeth are missing or when other types of prosthesis has been put in place, the bone may slowly recede. The shape of the face may change over time. For example, in patients with complete dentures, long standing bone loss can cause facial collapse and loss of support of the lips and cheeks. The dentures will become loose, resulting in increased difficulty in eating and speaking.
Improve your ability to eat, speak and laugh
Indulge in the comfort of former times when you bite with confidence into that apple and laugh again with ease, or if you want to go swimming, without worrying about your dentures falling out.
Feel confident and carefree once again while interacting with people – whether it’s a business discussion, chatting freely with friends and family, or simply enjoying the pleasure of a kiss.
Preserve your teeth
With dental implants, your remaining teeth don’t have to be ground down.
Usually, with a fixed bridge restoration, the healthy neighbouring teeth to the right and left of the missing tooth have to be ground down to fit crowns, which support another crown in the middle suspended over the gap. If any of these supporting teeth are affected by disease, the whole bridge is compromised.
When using a dental implant to close the gap, the neighbouring teeth are not affected and the natural tooth substance remains intact and hence more durable. If the neighbouring teeth become diseased, they can be taken out without affecting the dental implant.
The Dental Implant Process – What to Expect?
The Dental Implant Process
After extraction or when the tooth is missing, the dental implant is placed. Bone graft may be done during this stage if necessary.
After the surgery, we usually allow 3-6 months for your bone to heal well and the dental implant to stabilise.
Place the Crown
The crown is placed on the tooth and the tooth is ready!
The process shown is for the average case. For more complex cases, it may require more visits to ensure a high quality of implant and final result.
How to Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery
Here are our 10 tips to prepare for dental implant surgery :
- Bring your headphones to listen to your favorite music on your phone during the implant surgery
- Eat a hearty meal before your appointment to ensure your blood sugars are normal.
- Do not skip meals before your dental implant surgery as your blood sugar level will be low and you will feel more anxiety and stress.
- Go to the toilet just before your appointment.
- If you are using your parent’s Medisave, make sure they have filled up and signed the medisave form before the appointment.
- If you are using your own Medisave, fill out the form before the surgery so you can rest afterwards.
- Bring a family member or friend if you are feeling worried.
- Make sure your dentist knows if you have any allergies or medical conditions
- Do your weekly exercise routines before the day of the surgery as you need to rest afterwards
- Try not to schedule any travel plans immediately after the implant surgery
Dental Implant Surgery is a short procedure that requires just a little local anaesthetic, where we gently numb the gums and teeth around the implant. It is a common misconception that dental implants are painful. Our patients tell us there is no pain during dental implant surgery and even afterwards.
If you have existing medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis, you may need to take special measures for your condition. Our dentist will let you know how to prepare for dental implant surgery during the implant consultation.
Please let your dentist know if you have any allergies, medical conditions or medications prior to the surgery.
Dental Implant surgery is a short procedure that usually does not require any special precautions such as fasting or restriction on fluid intake.
If you are opting for sedation surgery, you will need to fast. Our dentist will advise you on how to prepare before your surgery.
Dentures are an affordable option to replace your teeth. However, many people find it inconvenient and socially embarrassing to have removable plate. As Dental Implants are permanently fixed, you don’t have to worry about it coming out unlike dentures when you are eating sticky foods, laughing hard, or swimming.