What are Dental Implants?

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Dental Implants are devices that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are placed in your jawbone by surgery. Most of the time, implants feel more natural and secure than other methods of replacing missing teeth, such as dentures.


Dental Implant Procedure

Consultation

The dentist who will evaluate the area which has a missing tooth/teeth before taking an X-ray. If you are a poor candidate for implants, other options would include dentures and bridges.

The most commonly used implant procedure is a “staged surgery” procedure.

Stage 1:

The first stage consists of placing the implant into the bone, below the gums, and wait for this to heal. An injection (local anaesthetic) will be administered and an incision will be made into the gums. Thereafter, the implant will be drilled into the bone. You will feel numb during the whole procedure. Stitches will be placed and you will come back for a review appointment. The healing process may take a couple of months or longer.

Stage 2:

When the implant has fused into the bone, the dentist will surgically expose the top of the implant to place a healing abutment in. This looks like a post and allows the gums to heal around it. When the implant has successfully integrated into the bone, the final stage involves fabricating a crown to the implant.

Depending on a case-by-case basis, certain steps may be skipped.


Dental Implant Cost

This is a fee estimate & subject to change. Please check with your clinician for an exact fee based on your unique clinical condition. We also accept the use of Medisave here.


Dental Implant (including implant crown)4,815 – 6,420 (w/ GST)

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Feel — because implants are embedded in your bone, they feel more like your natural teeth than bridges or dentures.
  • Convenience — you will not need to worry about denture adhesives or having your dentures slip, click or fall out when you speak.
  • Nutrition — you will be able to chew better with implants. Chewing can be difficult with regular dentures, especially ones that don’t fit perfectly. A regular upper denture also covers your palate, which can reduce your sense of taste.
  • Self-esteem — because implants are so much like your natural teeth, you will think about them less. There is no need to worry about denture problems or people noticing that you have missing teeth! Regular dentures can also affect your speech, which can make you less self-confident when talking to others.

Are implants suitable for everyone?

If you have good general health, dental implants will certainly work for you. Habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase problems associated with initial healing, and influence the long-term health of gum and bone surrounding each implant.


Does it hurt to get dental implants?

Most patients will be very familiar with the dental anaesthetics used for routine dentistry and will know how effective they are. Implants are placed using the same anaesthesia.

Since the surgery normally involves exposing the bone in the area where the implant and/or bone graft is to be placed, you will expect some minor swelling and occasionally bruising afterwards.

To relieve discomfort, simple painkillers commonly used to relieve headaches should suffice. Subsequently, if you experience more discomfort than this, please contact your dentist who can prescribe a stronger medication.

During the first few days, you should report any unexpected levels of pain or swelling so that it can be assessed. If in doubt, always ask for advice, as early detection of a problem will often lead to a simpler solution. You may also be asked to take a course of antibiotics, and to follow some simple procedures such as rinsing with salt water or an antiseptic mouth rinse. It is important that you follow these instructions.


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