Implant dentistry is permanent solution for replacing missing teeth with titanium fixtures placed in the jawbone. These fixtures are connected to dental crown or bridge which is used to support the missing teeth.
Dentists will place in the titanium fixtures and patient would have to wait (usually 2 to 6 months), for bone to heal completely (osseointegration: A bonding between dental implants and bone) around these fixtures. After which, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and fabricate the replacement teeth (dental crowns) that will be attached to the dental implants.
In Casa Dental, all our outlets are equipped with Fully digital Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), an advanced X-ray machine which is able to generate a 3-D visualization of patient’s jaw bone in highly accurate image.
The use of 3-D X-ray will allow our dentist to plan the implant surgeries in virtual planning software. This feature prepares our dentists to perform dental implant surgery in a safer and more predictable manner.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Improve Chewing Efficiency
Dental implants are directly connected to jaw bone like our natural teeth. This allows the application of higher biting force which helps restore patient’s chewing function and enjoy the food they love.
Better Health Through Better Diet
When we do not chew well, we tend to favour soft food which is often high in sugar and fat content, and avoid fibrous (Vegetables and fruits) or tougher food (Meats) which is high in protein and vitamins. Replacing teeth with dental implants will enable patients to have a more balanced diet through improvement in chewing efficiency.
Implant Aid Denture: No More Pain From Ill Fitting Dentures
We can use dental implants to enhance fitting of loose denture. Loose and ill-fitting dentures can cause ulcers and cuts into the gum tissue. This occurrence is unavoidable as the patient’s jawbone resorb overtime from missing teeth. With dental implants, dentures can anchor onto it thus improving its retention.
Convenience and Confidence
Dental implant is firm and anchors in jaw bone. Patient need not worry about their teeth getting loose during important function (eating, singing or talking). Oral hygiene care would be similar to natural teeth (flossing and regular brushing).
Is dental implant painful?
Implant procedures are virtually painless. We usually perform the dental implant surgery under local anaesthesia and sometimes under general anaesthesia. In combination with adhering to the medicine prescribed post-treatment, recovery should be painless as well. Downtime is minimal. Most of our patients can get back to normal daily activities on the same day or resume normal activities on the following day.
What you can expect at the first consultation?
Patients need to provide us with their full medical history including a list of medications if any.
Relevant digital x-rays will be taken and an analysis by our dentists will be done on the spot. Our dentist will then discuss a tailored treatment plan to address patient’s individual need as well as fitting individual’s financial budget.
Am I suitable for dental implant?
General speaking, dental implant has no age limit. (after jawbone is fully developed) Most patients are suitable candidates for implant treatment. In general, if a patient is in reasonably good health, the patient can undergo dental implant treatment.
Some medications may decrease dental implant success rate (For example: uncontrolled diabetes or patient who had previously received radio-therapy around jaw bone area). If in doubt, it would be recommended to book a consultation and discuss with our dentist.
Can I replace the missing tooth on the same of extraction?
Yes, you can. However, it is also subjected to the dental condition and the health of surrounding jaw bone supporting the dental implant. If there is a severe lack of bone volumes or if the bone quality is greatly compromised during the time of extraction, we will advise the patient accordingly on the best dental implant time for them.
What actually can happen without replacing missing tooth?
Neighbouring teeth can drift out of position, and opposing teeth may grow into the space left by the missing tooth. Once surrounding teeth have shifted, it is often too late or additional dental treatment would then be required to rectify the problem.
Do the implants need special maintenance?
Good oral hygiene is required for maintaining dental implant health just like our natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing is preferred. We also encourage all of our dental implants patient to come every 6 months for professional clean and check-up.
How much does my dental implant cost?
Dental implant cost varies on individual:
Number of implants required materials for dental crown types of implant required (Regular Vs Mini)
If any additional procedures: Bone grafting or Gum grafting required prior to implant surgery
Our dentist will be able to draft a comprehensive quotation for our dental implant patients upon consultation.
If bone grafting or Gum grafting is required, it can add onto patient’s dental implant cost.
Am I able to use Medisave to fully pay for my implant?
Dental implant is partially Medisave claimable(~$950-1250 per implant) for individual with an active Medisave account.
Any installment available?
Yes, we do provide interest free in house instalment plan for all our implant patients.
Different Types of Dental Implant Treatments
Traditional Implant Treatment
Traditional Implant Treatment is the most common way of placing dental implants. This type of implant treatment has been done since the 1960s (developed in Switzerland) and has a very high success rate (95- 99%) over range of studies and research.
Treatment duration ranges between 2-4 months.
Singaporeans and permanent residents of Singapore can claim Medisave for part of the treatment cost. Medisave savings of immediate family members can also be used for this purpose. For more details on Medisave coverage, please refer to or financial FAQs.
Keyhole Implant Treatment
Keyhole Implant Treatment is a more advanced technique for replacing missing teeth. With the aid of advanced CBCT (3-D Xray) software, sometimes, the gums do not need to be open for dental implant surgery. Hence, it will reduce trauma and speed up recovery time.
However, not every dental implant cases are suitable for this surgical technique. Please check with our dentist if you are interested.
Dental implant can be used in combination with traditional denture if patient do not wish to proceed with full dental implant treatment. We use dental implants (typically from 1 to 4 /arch) to support / anchor patient’s denture which improves patient’s denture retention and chewing function.
It is a good alternative solution for patients who only wish to perform simple surgery or if patient has financial constraint for comprehensive treatment yet wishes for improvement for their dental needs.
Mini-Implant Treatment is a minimally invasive treatment to place 4 mini-implants to secure a full lower denture.
Although the price is cheaper than traditional implant, its retention ability may not be as good as traditional implant. In addition, the longevity of mini implants is often lower than traditional implants.
Mini implants can be a good alternative for senior patients and patients who are looking for a short to medium term solution to their dental needs.
Medisave cannot be used for this type of implant treatment. Treatment fees may be divided into instalments.