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If you are missing a tooth, you may be considering dental implants. Dental implants, one of the options for replacing missing teeth, offer many benefits over other teeth replacement options. Dental implant surgery is a common procedure that replaces missing teeth. It involves the placement of a titanium screw into the jaw bone and attaching a dental prosthetic to the top.

Dental implant treatment is becoming increasingly popular because it is durable and looks like natural teeth. This post will discuss the dental implant surgery process and the different dental implant treatments.

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What is Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a surgical procedure where an artificial tooth root is placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement bridge or tooth. It is made of titanium, a biocompatible material that integrates with the natural bone and provides strength and stability to support the restoration. Dental implants offer a secure and reliable foundation for permanent teeth replacement, allowing people to eat, speak, and smile confidently. They also help to reduce bone loss in the jawbone, preventing further deterioration of the facial appearance. Dental implants can replace single or multiple teeth or even support full dentures.

Dental implants are a safe and effective long-term solution for tooth replacement because they provide a secure and stable foundation for replacement teeth. They also help to prevent bone loss in the jawbone, allowing for enhanced facial appearance and structure.

Dental implant surgical procedure.

Dental Implant Structure

Implant (Fixture)

The dental implant fixture is a metal anchor or screw which is surgically placed in the jawbone to serve as an artificial tooth root. It is made of titanium and other special alloys that fuse well with bone over time.

Abutment

An abutment attaches the implant to the replacement tooth, providing stability and strength to hold it in place.

Crown

The dental crown is the visible part of the implant and matches the shape, size, and colour of your natural teeth. It is custom-made from porcelain or other materials to look like a natural tooth.

Benefits of Tooth Implant

Dental implants are a great dental solution for those who want to restore their smile and improve their oral health. Dental implants provide an ideal permanent solution than dentures because they are actually implanted into the jawbone. Unlike dentures, dental implants don't slip, click or cause embarrassing moments in public.

Improve Chewing Efficiency

Dental implants are directly connected to the jawbone, like our natural teeth. It allows the application of higher biting force, which helps restore patients' chewing function and helps them 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 balanced diet through improvement in chewing efficiency.

Implant Aid Denture: No Pain From Ill-Fitting Dentures

Loose and ill-fitting dentures can cause ulcers and cut into the gum tissue. This occurrence is unavoidable as the patient's jawbone resorbs over time from missing teeth. We can use dental implants to enhance the fitting of the loose denture. With dental implants, dentures can anchor onto it, thus improving its retention.

Convenience And Confidence

Oral hygiene care would resemble natural teeth (flossing and regular brushing). Patients need not worry about their teeth getting loose during important functions (eating, singing or talking). Dental implants are firm and anchored in the jaw bone.

Enhanced Facial Features

A missing tooth can cause bone loss in the jawbone, resulting in sunken cheeks and a prematurely aged face. Dental implants can prevent this by preserving and keeping the jawbone's integrity intact. Furthermore, restoring missing teeth with implants allows us to regain our natural facial features like our smile and profile.

High Success Rate

With the advancement in dental technology, the successful dental implant rate is up to 98%. It means you can be sure that your implants will stay in place and last for the long term. It is due to their ability to bond with the surrounding bone and gum tissue, creating a seamless integration and increasing stability. With proper care, dental implants will last for several years.

Dental Implants: 4 Core Stages

Four main dental implant procedures usually take several months to complete. The four core stages are:

Implant Placement

The initial stage of the dental implant procedure is to place the titanium post in the jawbone surgically. During this process, small incisions are made in the gums of the implant site, and a hole is drilled into the bone to fit the titanium post. A local anaesthetic is used to make sure that patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure.

Osseointegration & Healing

After placing the implant, it must fuse with the surrounding bone and tissue. During this process, the jawbone fuses and grows around the titanium post creating a strong foundation for the new tooth. Depending on the patient's individual healing process, this process can take several weeks or even months.

Abutment Placement

After achieving osseointegration, an abutment will be attached to the implant. The implant abutment acts as a connector between the implant and the replacement tooth.

Prothesis Placement

The final stage involves the placement of the replacement tooth or teeth. It is done by attaching a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture to the abutment. It completes the dental implant procedure, and patients can enjoy their new natural-looking smile.

Types of Dental Implants CasaDental Offers in Singapore

Casa Dental in Singapore offers dental implant options that suit you - single dental implants, all-on-4 dental implants, multiple dental implants, and implant assisted denture.

Single Dental Implants

Single dental implants permanently fill or replace a single missing tooth. A titanium post is surgically implanted into the jawbone, and then a dental crown is placed on top of it to form the new tooth.

All-on-4 Dental implants/ All on X

All-on-4 dental implants provide a full set of replacement teeth on the top and bottom jaw. It is done by surgically placing four titanium posts into the jawbone to act as anchors for replacement teeth.

Multiple Dental Implants

Multiple dental implants are used to replace several lost teeth in a row. This surgical procedure involves surgically implanting multiple titanium posts into the jawbone and then placing dental crowns on top of them for replacement teeth.

Implant Assisted Denture

Implant-assisted dentures provide a stable solution to replace an entire upper or lower mouth of teeth. It involves the placement of several titanium posts into the jawbone and then fitting a denture onto these implants for a secure fit.

Why is it important to replace missing teeth?

Replacing missing teeth is important, and it is not just for aesthetic purposes. It helps to maintain the shape of your face, which can change with age, and it also enables you to speak, chew, and eat properly. Additionally, having missing teeth can lead to a shift in your other teeth as they try to fill in the gap left by the missing one. It can lead to misalignment and an uneven bite, which can cause jaw pain, headaches, or even TMJ disorders. Finally, replacing missing teeth helps restore self-confidence and allows you to enjoy a complete smile.

Dental implants are a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth and can be used when other solutions, such as dentures or dental bridges, can no longer do the job. If you have a missing tooth, your dentist may recommend dental implants to fill in the gap left behind. It is especially true if the gap is causing misalignment of your other teeth or if it is making it difficult for you to chew properly. Dental implants can also replace multiple missing teeth, helping you restore your natural smile and improve your oral health. Additionally, dental implants can help prevent bone loss in the jawbone that occurs when a tooth is missing.

Dental Tooth Implant Procedure Overview:

1. Consultation

During the initial dental implant consultation, your dentist will assess your dental and general health, take x-rays and 3D intraoral scanning, discuss any treatment options, and determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.

2. Sinus Lift, Bone Grafting and Implant Placement

If your jawbone is too soft or thin for a dental implant, a sinus lift and bone graft may be needed. This strengthens the foundation, taking 4-6 months to heal. The implant placement involves precise planning, ensuring stability. Using a surgical drill, a titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone, serving as a stable root for a crown or bridge.

3. Healing & Osseointegration

After implant placement, your jawbone will need to heal and form a bond with the titanium implant. This process is known as osseointegration and typically takes between three and six months. During this time, it is important that you follow all of your dentist's instructions for aftercare, including regular oral hygiene and dietary adjustments.

4. Prosthesis Placement

Once your jawbone has healed and osseointegrated with the implant, your dentist will place a prosthetic over the implant. The prosthetic will be custom-made to match your surrounding teeth' shape, size, and colour for a seamless look. Depending on your needs, it can be a crown, bridge, or denture.

5. Follow-up Checkup

Your dentist may also recommend a follow-up checkup to ensure that the implant is functioning properly and that your jawbone is healing well. This visit typically occurs one to two months after prosthesis placement. During this appointment, your dentist will review any concerns you may have, take x-rays to assess the implant's progress, and discuss any further treatment needed.At Casa Dental, we provide instruction on maintaining daily hygiene for dental implants and offer annual follow-up x-rays to ensure the ongoing health and vibrancy of their smiles.

Different Types of Dental Implant Treatments

Traditional Implant Treatment

Traditional Implant Treatment is a common way of placing dental implants. This type of implant treatment has been around since the 1960s (developed in Switzerland) and has a very high success rate (95- 99%) over a range of studies and research.
Treatment duration ranges between 2-4 months.

Keyhole Implant Treatment

Keyhole Implant Treatment is a progressive technique for replacing missing teeth. With the aid of CBCT (3D X-rays) software, we can perform a less traumatic surgery procedure. Hence, it will reduce trauma and speed up recovery time.

However, not every dental implant case is suitable for this surgical technique. Please check with our dentist should you need further information.

Implant Denture

Dental implants can be used to support a denture. We use dental implants to support patients' dentures which improves patients' denture retention and chewing function.

It is a good alternative solution for patients who wish to undergo simple oral surgery.

Mini Implant

mini implant consists of a slim titanium fixture which can be placed into a jawbone. The denture can then be fitted to the slim titanium fixture with the help of an O-ring that acts like a socket.

The size of a mini implant is half the size of a regular implant, and it is not as costly as the latter. However, the lifespan is not as long as the regular implant.

Medisave cannot be used for mini implant treatment. Please feel free to approach us for other payment options.

Dental Implant Cost In Singapore

The cost of the dental implant treatment will depend on many factors, such as the number and location of teeth that need to be replaced, the complexity of the case, and the bone condition around each tooth. The average cost for our dental implants made from Zirconia is $2800 + 8% GST. Inclusions for the cost are the following:

  • 3-D CBCT or any dental X-ray the patient must take during the procedure.
  • Medications during the dental implant treatment process. These medications include antibiotics, which help prevent infection and reduce inflammation, and analgesics to manage any pain or discomfort.
  • Regular follow-up appointments with your dentist. These appointments allow your doctor to check on the healing progress, take X-rays to assess the implant's progress and discuss any further treatment needed.

Range of dental implants before Medisave

$120

Consultation - (if only required)

$20 + GST

OPG (Orthopantomagram) - (if only required)

$70 + GST

CBCT (Cone-Beam Computed Tomography) - (if only required)

$150 + GST

Additional bone grafting procedure (only if there's insufficient bone for the procedure)

280+GST onwards

Implant claim with Medisave

Up to $950 each + $300 (Day surgery claim)

We have interest-free instalment plans for any DBS/OCBC/UOB credit card available here at Casa Dental.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dental Implant painful

Implant procedure are virtually painless. We usually perform dental implant surgery under local anaesthesia. Our patients can resume normal daily activities the following day.

What can I expect at the first consultation?

During the dental implant consultation, we will assess your teeth and jawbone and discuss the treatment plan to suit your needs. Once the treatment option has been agreed upon, we will take a study model and X-rays for further evaluation before proceeding with the treatment.

Am I suitable for dental implant?

Any individual who is in reasonably good health can undergo dental implant treatment.

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 the surrounding teeth have shifted, additional dental treatment would be required to rectify the problem.

What are the risks involved?

The risks involved with dental implant and dental implant surgery are minimal. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, irritation and infection that can occur in the area where the dental implants have been placed. These side effects should go away within a few days after the procedure. However, speaking to your dentist if you experience any discomfort or pain following your treatment is important.

Can I replace the missing tooth on the same day of extraction?

Yes, you can. However, it is subject to the conditions and the health of the surrounding jaw bone that is needed to support the dental implant. If there is a severe lack of bone volume or the bone quality is greatly compromised during the extraction, we will advise you accordingly on what dental implant treatment suits your condition.

Do the implants need special maintenance?

Like our natural teeth, good oral hygiene is required to maintain dental implant health. Daily brushing and flossing are essential. We also encourage all of our dental implant patients to visit us every six months for professional cleaning and checkup.

Am I able to use Medisave to fully pay for my implant?

A dental implant is partially Medisave-claimable (~$950-$1250 per implant).

Any instalment available?

You may contact us for information on payment options available.

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