What Is A Dental Implant?

If a tooth is missing or damaged beyond repair, dental implant surgery is a great option to replace the missing tooth and avoid having a gap between the teeth.

A dental implant consists of two main parts:

  • The dental implant body itself that is placed below the gum during the dental implant surgery; it basically replaces the root of a natural tooth
  • The implant crown, which is the visible part that replaces the missing tooth

The main advantage of dental implants is that it is an individual unit that does not rely on the neighbouring natural teeth to support it.

What happens if I leave the gap between my teeth after an extraction?

Over many years, without tooth implant treatment, the following long term consequences usually occur:

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  1. The neighbouring teeth can start to tip or drift inwards towards space. As this happens, food and bacteria get stuck between the teeth, causing dental issues.
  2. In most cases, the opposing tooth will also start to ‘grow’ down towards the gap. Eventually, it may end up loose or biting on the lower gum and may need to be extracted.
  3. The bone and gum around the missing tooth will be lost, and collapse down.

Missing Teeth Affects Quality of Life

With a missing tooth, even simple things like chewing will be affected. Studies show that many people avoid chewing on the missing tooth side and instead bite on the other side, which can cause more damage to the other teeth.

The missing tooth may not be seen during smiling, but may also be visible during speaking and laughing to other people.

Advantages of Having a Dental Implant

LIKE HAVING A NEW TOOTH BACK AGAIN

Like having your natural tooth back again, appearance and chewing ability is restored.

EAT, SPEAK AND LAUGH CONFIDENTLY

No more worry about your dental dentures falling out, or exposing gaps between your teeth.

NO NEED FOR OTHER TEETH SUPPORT

Implants are independent, unlike dental dentures or bridges which can fail due to issues with the supporting teeth.

PRESERVE FACIAL STRUCTURE

A dental implant transmits chewing forces to the jaw bone, maintaining bone density and preserving the strength of the jaw in the long term.

Same Day, Emergency appointments available

Experienced Dentists

Our dentists have gone through intensive implant training both abroad and locally to provide the most suitable treatment for you.

High Quality Implants

Not all implants are created equal. We only use implants with reputable long term studies and have a great track record.

Fully Digital Workflow

From the 3D Scanning of your teeth to the X-Rays and 3D Printing, our strict protocol maximises your treatment outcome.

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Using high technology equipment and software, we are now able to have a protocol that maximises the long term success of your dental implant.

Accurate Positioning

With the usage of an implant guide, we are able to place our implant accurately. This reduces the risk of nerve damage and poor implant stability.

Natural Aesthetics

Each crown is hand painted to create life-like aesthetics that match your teeth naturally

Access to our In-House Lab

Having a lab at our clinic means you get a tooth replacement with as little downtime as possible. Any extra customisation can be done quickly too.

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What Happens During the Implant Visit?

1. The Dental Implant Consultation

Welcome to our clinic! During your first appointment, we’ll do a detailed examination to take into consideration:

  • Your main concern;
  • Teeth Condition;
  • Periodontal (Gum) Condition;
  • Oral Hygiene;
  • Habits (e.g. smoking and grinding);
  • Dimensions of the missing space

Based on this information, our dentists will take photos of your teeth and discuss your suitability for a dental implant.

Our philosophy is for both our dentist and you to have a detailed understanding of the situation so that you can make the right decision for yourself.

2. 3D Intraoral Scanning +  3D X-Ray

Once we have decided on an implant, it is time to start planning!

We start by taking a virtual scan of your teeth. This would create a 3D model of your teeth which are much faster and more accurate than the usual dental mold.

This is followed by a 3D X-Ray scan of your jaw to assess your bone structure and identity the anatomical structures present. That way, we are able to be very precise with our procedure while minimising risks.

3. Integrating 3D Scan and 3D X-Ray

The virtual scan of your teeth and x-ray are then merged together to create one complete picture of your dental condition. We will also design your future teeth position. With that, we have all the information we need to plan for your implant.

4. Dental Implant Planning

With all that information, we can then plan the position of your implant and subsequently create a Surgical Implant Guide that will ensure that the implant is placed according to what was planned.

During the planning phase, we are looking at issues such as:

  1. Critical Anatomical Structures – Nerves, sinus cavities, arteries and other important structures should be avoided.
  2. Quality and Quantity of Bone – The implant should be surrounded by healthy, adequate bone.
  3. Quality and Quantity of Gum – The implant should have sufficient healthy gums that are resilient enough to withstand damage.
  4. Implant in relation to the future implant crown – The implant must be placed in a position that is easy to clean while looking aesthetic and natural.
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4. Dental Implant Planning

With all that information, we can then plan the position of your implant and subsequently create a Surgical Implant Guide that will ensure that the implant is placed according to what was planned.

During the planning phase, we are looking at issues such as:

  1. Critical Anatomical Structures – Nerves, sinus cavities, arteries and other important structures should be avoided.
  2. Quality and Quantity of Bone – The implant should be surrounded by healthy, adequate bone.
  3. Quality and Quantity of Gum – The implant should have sufficient healthy gums that are resilient enough to withstand damage.
  4. Implant in relation to the future implant crown – The implant must be placed in a position that is easy to clean while looking aesthetic and natural.

5. Designing Surgical Implant Guide

We create an individually customised 3D Printed guide. This guide allows us to place our implant accurately according to what we have already planned.

6. The Implant Procedure

The day has finally come! Please do not fret as we would have sufficiently planned for your implant procedure. We assure that you will be receiving:

  1. Infection Control Protocol according to MOH guidelines
  2. Genuine Dental Implants from reputable brands with long-term excellent results
  3. Genuine adjunctive treatment materials such as bone graft and stitches
  4. Genuine medication pre- and post-operative
  5. Tooth replacement in the case of front teeth missing
  6. Enjoying yourself watching a TV program on our ceiling mounted TV!
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Fully Guided Keyhole Implant Surgery – A technique to minimise the size of the surgery site for less pain, less stitches and better healing. Most importantly, it increases the safety of the procedure.

“With proper planning and execution, dental implants can last a very long time”

– Dr Justin Giam

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7. Review Check

We are sure that you’ll be alright. However, just to make sure of it, we’ll be giving you a phone call the next day to check on you. We will then be seeing you 2 weeks later to check how the implant is doing and possibly to remove any stitches. 

Phew, you are almost done! Next, we will schedule an appointment for you in 2-3 months to check on the implant again before finally placing a crown on it!

What Happens Next After Implant Surgery?

  • Placing the Implant

    The implant is placed into the bone and may be covered up or a small post left exposed.

  • Bone integration for 3-6 Months

    It takes time for the implant to fuse with your bone, gaining strength to support chewing forces.

  • 3D Scanning and Placing the Implant Crown

    The implant crown to replace the missing tooth is made to look as natural as possible to match the other teeth.

  • Screw Retained Crown Whenever Possible

    Studies have shown that screw retained implants have a higher longevity and have reduced chance of infection. They are also easier to repair if needed.

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Dental Implant Warranty

    • 10 year warranty applies if the entire procedure was done at our clinic, including the bone grafting, implant placement and crown.

Here’s what our patients feel about us:

  1. 1. What are dental implants?

    A dental implant by itself is not a tooth! A dental implant is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Essentially, it is a small titanium post/fixture that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown (for a single crown) or a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or full denture (for multiple teeth replacement with more than one implant) can be attached.

    Once the implant integrates to your bone, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant, to which the artificial tooth/teeth are attached. Therefore, there are 3 parts to an “implant tooth”: the dental implant itself, the abutment connector, and the artificial tooth/teeth.

    2. Who is suitable for dental implants?

    Basically, if you are healthy enough to have a tooth taken out, you are probably healthy enough to have a dental implant placed. Patients are usually concerned about being too old for the procedure. There is no maximum age limit to who can receive a dental implant as the implant will still work regardless of age. However, there is a minimum age limit. Patients who are still growing (Eg. Children or teenagers) will usually need to delay the dental implant procedure until growth is complete.

    3. Who is not suitable for dental implants?

    Patients with the following conditions must be carefully evaluated:

    Uncontrolled diabetes

    Steroid therapy

    Connective tissue disorders

    Bone disorders

    If you have these conditions, implants may still be possible, albeit with a higher chance of complications. Please consult your dentist for more information.

    4. Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?

    Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate, and in fact most people report that it is less painful than the tooth extraction. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Ice can also be helpful.

    5. What are the chances of success for a dental implant procedure?

    Dental implants have an approximate success rate of 98%. However, keep in mind that taking care of your implant is necessary to ensure that the implant lasts a long time. Success can also depend on where the implant is installed in the jaw, as well as how the patient maintains overall oral hygiene.

    6. What sets apart a dental implant from other tooth replacement options?

    No other tooth replacement provides stimulation to the supporting jawbone. Usually, that stimulation comes from the tooth’s root. The implant screw replaces that tooth root, stimulating the supporting bone and preventing long-term deterioration of the supporting bone structure. Also, because an implant is permanently attached to the jawbone, it will not slip or shift such as with other tooth replacement options, such as dentures.

    7. If I undergo dental implant surgery, what is the healing process like?

    The healing process differs for each patient, as no two implant procedures are identical. Some patients require a bone graft prior to implant placement, while others opt for a same-day implant treatment. Most patients can expect some soreness for the first few days after the dental implant surgery, which typically goes away within 1-2 weeks. There is a three to six month waiting period, during which time the metal implant fuses with the jawbone. Once integration is complete, a dental crown can be placed and the implant can be used for chewing.

    8. How long does a dental implant last?

    Dental implants can last a patient a lifetime if they’re well taken care of. Implants do not decay. Dental Implants are supported by the surrounding bone and gums which are still susceptible to bacteria. Implants should be cared for similar to a natural tooth. This includes good home dental care, regular dental exams and professional cleaning.

    9. How long does it take to get dental implants?

    Dental implants require multiple office visits as there is a planning process as well as a waiting period in between each stage. It takes time for the implant to fuse to the bone before the final crown can be placed. Between the start of the procedure and completion, it can take a few months.

    10. Are Dental Implants expensive?

    At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact should never need replacement unlike dentures. So they are a viable option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health,  quality of life, comfort and well-being.

    11. Dental Implant Cost in Singapore

    Tooth implant Singapore vary in cost around $2000 to $8000 or more per tooth. The price of a dental tooth implant may vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the services or treatments that come with getting a dental implant. Certain services like bone augmentation, soft tissue treatment, extraction, and crowning will all affect the overall price of getting a dental implant. If you have Medisave, we can assist you to claim a portion of the cost from Medisave.

References

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    Sergio Olate-Mariana Lyrio-Márcio Moraes-Renato Mazzonetto-Roger Moreira – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278239109019326
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    Neal Patel – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516111
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