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Dental Implant
Despite its high predictability, dental implant success in terms of integration (fusion) with your bone tissue is still not a hundred percent for all cases today. This is because not all patients are suitable for dental implant treatment. Some of the most common risk factors include severe medical illnesses, excessive uncontrolled teeth grinding, long term medications that affect healing and poor jaw bone quantity and/or quality.

You will be advised accordingly during your consultation visit after going through a thorough clinical and radiographic examination with your dentist, whom may be an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Periodontist (gum specialist), Prosthodontist (specialist in crowns, bridges and dentures) or General Dentist. Sometimes a 3 dimensional CT scan may be necessary.

However, if you are a suitable candidate and the treatment works out well, you will enjoy a set of artificial teeth replacement that most closely resemble natural teeth in terms of aesthetics and function (speech and chewing).
Treatment Procedures
  1. Pre-Treatment Evaluation And Treatment Planning
    Your dentist will carry out a detailed assessment with the aid of study models and radiographs to determine if it is feasible for dental implants to be placed. There must be adequate bone to surround an implant. Should there be a deficiency due to previous bone loss, the dentist will discuss with you the different methods of bone augmentation.
  2. Implant Placement
    It basically involves making a small incision in the gums to expose the underlying jaw bone so that the dentist can prepare the chosen site for implant placement. During this process, you will feel some vibration, similar to that of having a tooth filled. This procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia. However, if you require sedation, please discuss with your dentist.
  3. Placement Of Implant-Supported Crown, Bridge Or Denture
    By this time, the implants would have integrated with your bone and the dentist will proceed with the fabrication of replacement teeth. An abutment connects the new tooth or teeth to the implant. This process may take a few visits. You should be able to function immediately after these replacement teeth have been fixed in your mouth. Your dentists may also want to see you again for a final review.

    Implant retained denture

Frequently Asked Questions On Dental Implants:
  1. Is the treatment painful?
    There will be some discomfort after implant placement, similar to extraction of a tooth. It is normal to have some bruising and swelling too but your dentist will prescribe some painkiller and anti-swelling medications. You will be advised to adhere to soft diet after the surgery. You should brush your teeth but to avoid the surgical area for the first two weeks.
  2. What precautions should I take before the surgery?
    If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking for at least two weeks before the surgery. Studies have shown that smoking decreases the success rate of implant placement significantly.
  3. When can I resume my normal activities?
    Most people return to work within a day or two after the surgery. If you are an existing denture wearer, your denture may need to be adjusted to ensure a better fit during this interim period. Please contact your dentist.
  4. What is the success rate for dental implants?
    Dental implants have been in used for over thirty years. The long term success rate is reported to be as high as 95%. However, smoking and some medical conditions, such as diabetes, will compromise wound healing and increase the risk of implant failure.
  5. How long do implants last?
    Implants can fail if you do not practice proper oral hygiene techniques. As such, it is important for you to visit your dentist at least twice a year to assess your overall oral hygiene condition and the implant stability. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups will help to ensure the long term success of your implants.
  6. How much do you charge for dental implant?
    The estimated cost for one implant (i.e. one tooth) is from $2,675 of which partial cost (about $1,250) can be paid using Medisave, subject to final approval by CPF Board and provided you have sufficient fund in your Medisave account.

    Please refer to the illustration below on the payment process. Assuming the agreed fee is $2,675 per implant and you need 1 implant, then it is as follows:
    • Amount to be claimed from Medisave $1,250
    • $2,675 - $1,250 = $1,425
    • Out of the $1,425, the clinic will collect a deposit upfront and the balance can be paid progressively over the next few visits till the procedure is completed.