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Dental Implants – What Are They?

Dental implants are made from titanium and positioned in the bone to substitute a missing tooth root. The function of an implant-supported tooth restoration closely resembles that of a real tooth, increasing patient quality life, boosting confidence and allowing patients to enjoy food once again. 

A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is surgically attached into the jaw bone. It is an artificial substitute for the root portion of your natural tooth which is anchored into a pre-drilled socket in your jawbone to support and secure a crown, bridge or denture firmly in place. It can also be used as support for full dentures if all teeth are missing. The goal during the placement of a dental implant is to achieve a close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue so that they can bond together, creating a stable support for the new teeth. After decades of research and clinical success, dental implants are becoming the number one choice for tooth replacement therapy.

For patients who have difficulty chewing because of missing teeth, or who are tired of their dentures slipping and sliding in the mouth, dental implants offer a secure solution for replacing teeth.

Dental Implant Structure

Dental implants for the most part, are typically structured into 3 separable parts. Namely, the crown, abutment and screw (also known as the fixture). These 3 components combined together form the basic features of a normal dental implant that is commonly used by most dentists around the world.  One of the key features of having the dental implants in 3 separable pieces is that they allow for replacement part in the future in the case of any complications, i.e. crown chipping or abutment breakage. The fixture of the dental implant will be surgically placed into the upper/lower jaw of the patient during surgery, where it will act as a replacement tooth root, bonding with the surrounding bone over the course of a few months after surgery.

The 3-piece implant structure give dentists the flexibility and versatility in customising each dental implant to the meet the needs & requirements of each patient.

Benefits of Dental Implants 

Comfortable & Natural

Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. In addition, implants give patients the confidence to smile, eat, and engage in social activities without worrying about how they look or if their dentures will fall out. 

Long-lasting and Reliable

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants last as long as conventional restorations on teeth, with predictable outcomes, with the added benefit of bone retention compared to other solutions such as traditional full-dentures or dental bridges.

Speak Better, Feel Better

One fear which denture wearers have is that of their dentures popping out of their mouths when they speak. Implant supported prostheses are retained firmly to the jaw, allowing patients to speak with confidence. Implant supported dentures can be fabricated with reduced extensions, so that patients feel less bulk in their mouths while wearing their prostheses. With dental implants you won’t have your dentures slipping and sliding in your mouth again.

Improved Facial Features

Dental implants preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework. Dental implants also help restore your jawbone structure because they reduce the load on the remaining oral structures/teeth and preserve natural tooth tissue and reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height.

Improved Ability to Chew.

Dental implants are anchored in your jaw bone just like natural teeth. Over time they  will help preserve the jaw bone and significantly reduce bone resorption. Replacing missing teeth with implants allow you to chew your food better and speak more clearly. 

High Success Rate

Well planned and cared for dental implants generally offer ‘survival rates’ comparable or better than other teeth replacement options.  And, as implant technology and techniques improve, so should their success rate. People in good health have the best chance for successful implants.

When Do You Need Dental Implants

  • When your tooth is very difficult to repair and an extraction is needed
  • When any of your teeth are missing
  • When the remaining teeth you have are inadequate for a tooth-supported bridge
  • When dentures are uncomfortable or loose (Due to gradual bone loss)
  • When you have an edentulous (missing all teeth) lower and upper jaws

Why You Should Choose Dental Implants

Compared to other forms of teeth replacement solutions, dental implants have the added benefit of preventing further bone loss in the jaw, by having the fixture of the implants acting as a replacement for tooth roots, which help ensure bone in the jaw stays healthy and strong. Moreover, not filling a missing tooth space with a dental implant, can result in:

  • Sagging face
  • Adjacent teeth changing position
  • Unattractive smile
  • Jawbone starts to shrink, making the face look prematurely older

Implanting Process

On the first visit, a rigorous clinical examination using radiographs, will be conducted by your dentist. An evaluation of implant suitability, bone availability assessment and preparatory work is performed. Your dentist will then recommend the relevant implants based on your needs, educate you on the sequence of treatment and any answer questions you might have before starting treatment.

After receiving your confirmation to proceed with the surgical procedure. Our dentist will then proceed to take impressions of the upper and lower jaws and made into dental models. Based on the dental intra-oral models, a diagnostic mock-up of the teeth is created to better plan out the relevant positions where the implant/implants will be placed. When necessary, surgical guide is fabricated to guide the dentist when performing complex dental implant procedures. After all of this has been done will plan out the treatment and commence the dental implant surgery. During the entire length of the dental implant surgery, local anaesthetic will be used, to give patients a comfortable and pain-free surgery. The titanium implant screw are placed into the upper/lower jaw, and a healing abutment is placed at the end of the dental implant fixture (screw). After this surgery, the patient will be issued pain killers and educated on post implant surgery care, to ensure optimal recovery. 

After the dental implant surgery, intra-oral dental impressions of the that were previously taken, sent to a dental lab where the bridge, ‘pontic’, and crowns will be fabricated by skilled dental technicians based on our dentists requirements. 

After 3-6 months of healing post dental implant surgery, the permanent abutment and the dental crown will be placed into the dental implant fixture. After which, adjustments to the implant crown will be made, if required. The final result is a brand new perfect smile, that serves both form and function. Patients report increased levels of confidence, and ability to eat and chew almost immediately after having their implants placed.

    Expectations When Getting Dental Implants

    The type of dental implant surgery that is usually carried out in most clinics is an outpatient surgery performed at a dental surgeon’s clinic. The processes is a multistage process that gives patients the time to heal between each stage.

    The entire process of placing the implants can be summarised into these 6 steps:

    1. Damaged tooth removal, when needed (1st visit)
    2. Jawbone grafting, when needed (1st visit) 
    3. Dental implant fixture surgery (2nd visit)
    4. Post surgery healing (3rd visit)
    5. Abutment placement (4th visit)
    6. Crown placement and fitting (4th – 5th visit)

    The entire dental implant journey can take many months. Most of the time is spent healing and recovering, ensuring that the titanium fixures integrate and fuse well with bone tissue, providing a strong foundation for the dental implants to last a lifetime.

    Tips for Successful Implants

    Maintain good oral hygiene and floss regularly. Maintaining good oral hygiene will ensure your teeth and dental implants remain healthy and strong, reducing the probability of implant failure. Specially designed inter-dental tooth brushes should be used to clean the nooks and crannies around your implants fixture and abutment. 

    Visit dentist regularly. Regular dental visits are essential to maintaining successful dental implants. By visiting the dentist regularly, we’ll be able to pick up any potential oral health issues that may be detrimental to your dental implants. Moreover, your dentists will help maintain the proper function of your implants and give you a proper cleaning to ensure the health and proper functioning of your implants.

    Avoid bad dental habits. Don’t chew on hard items, such as crab shells and chicken bones, which may chip/break your crowns — or worse yet, your natural teeth.

    Types of Dental Implants 

    Implant-Supported Hybrid Bridge

    If all your teeth are missing and you need a solution in which you do not want your denture removed before cleaning, the implant-supported hybrid denture is the best option. Your confidence to speak anywhere is increased without being scared of your denture falling out and you can have an easy bite on your steak and apple whenever you want.
    The hybrid denture has a pink portion that substitutes your lost bone and gum, with little necessity for bone graft and your face is still supported to decrease droopy lips and wrinkles.

    Implant-Supported Bridge

    If you have at least two or more missing teeth in a row, individual implants can be used for the replacement of the gap or some implants can be joined together using a bridge. With this second option, you enjoy a the benefits of both dental implants as well as dental bridges.

    Implant-Retained Denture

    If all your jaw teeth are missing and you have started to lose confidence when out there because of the unstable denture, you can opt for implant retained dentures as it helps replace all your teeth. These dentures are very secure with at least 2-4 implants placed to help keep them firmly locked in position. You feel exactly like the denture is fixed on to your mouth. You would not require any dental glue or will food hide under your denture any longer. This procedure help in the reconstruction and restoration of our dentition to enable no natural chewing function again. They are helpful in restoring appearance and aesthetics, including speaking function – increasing your confidence again to enjoy your favourite foods and active social life.

    Implant-Supported Crowns

    One essential importance of an implant is its replacement benefit over the use of denture or bridge for failing or missing tooth. Due to its simple process, patients have reported a positive feedback. Clinicians are now able to develop implant-supported crowns that are exactly like natural teeth with almost no obvious difference.

    Hybird system of dental implants

    Implant-Supported Hybrid

    If all your teeth are missing and you need a solution in which you do not want your denture removed before cleaning, the implant-supported hybrid denture is the best option. Your confidence to speak anywhere is increased without being scared of your denture falling out and you can have an easy bite on your steak and apple whenever you want.
    The hybrid denture has a pink portion that substitutes your lost bone and gum, with little necessity for bone graft and your face is still supported to decrease droopy lips and wrinkles.

    dental implant bridge

    Implant-Supported Bridge

    If you have at least two or more missing teeth in a row, individual implants can be used for the replacement of the gap or some implants can be joined together using a bridge. With this second option, you enjoy a the benefits of both dental implants as well as dental bridges.

    implant retained dentures

    Implant-Retained Denture

    If all your jaw teeth are missing and you have started to lose confidence when out there because of the unstable denture, you can opt for implant retained dentures as it helps replace all your teeth. These dentures are very secure with at least 2-4 implants placed to help keep them firmly locked in position. You feel exactly like the denture is fixed on to your mouth. You would not require any dental glue or will food hide under your denture any longer. This procedure help in the reconstruction and restoration of our dentition to enable no natural chewing function again. They are helpful in restoring appearance and aesthetics, including speaking function – increasing your confidence again to enjoy your favourite foods and active social life.

    single dental implant crown

    Implant-Supported Crowns

    One essential importance of an implant is its replacement benefit over the use of denture or bridge for failing or missing tooth. Due to its simple process, patients have reported a positive feedback. Clinicians are now able to develop implant-supported crowns that are exactly like natural teeth with almost no obvious difference.

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    Dental Implants Costs

    At NoFrills Dental, we aim to provide patients with high-quality dental services while maintaining affordable prices for the masses. With this in mind, we’ve priced our dental implant treatments to cater to the different needs and budgets to each and everyone of our patients.

    Dental implant surgery price ranges from $2,500 – $6,000, depending on the conditions of your teeth, oral health, the brand of dental implants and crown material used to restore your smile. Each dental implant is Medisave claimable up to an amount of $1250 per tooth

    Typically, a fee of $200 (before GST) will be charged for the initial consultation package where we will collect diagnostic records for an in-depth assessment of your suitability for dental implant treatment as a tooth replacement solution.

    To make dental implants more affordable for you, we offer both in-house and credit card financing. Please contact us to find out more.

    Price of A Single Dental Implant:

    $2500 – $6000

    Medisave Claimable Amount
    (Per Dental Implant)
    $1250
    Remainder Cash Component 
    (After Medisave Deduction)
    $1250 – $4750

    *All prices indicated does not include 7% GST

    **Prices quoted do not include other dental treatments such as extractions, fillings and cleaning

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Commonly asked questions our dentists get about Dental Implant Surgery.

    How much do dental implants cost?

    Dental implant cost varies as there are many factor to take into account, ranging from brand of implants used, the type of material used in the fabrication of the dental crown to the actual complexity of the case, and whether or not a bone graft is required to ensure stability of the implant after surgery.

    Moreover, other factors such as the number of implants in the treatment will also factor additional cost into dental implant cost and the final pricing of the entire procedure.

    Speak to one of our dentists to understand more about dental implant, your suitability for implants and the different type of implant costs associated with your treatment.

    How long do dental implants last?

    Implants have been specially designed to be a permenant tooth replacement. As such,. with proper care, maintenance and good oral hygiene, they typically last for more than 25 years on average.

    What are the risks involved with dental implants and dental implant surgery?

    Dental implant surgery is a safe procedure when done executed by an experienced dental surgeon. However, as with any form of surgery, it is not without its risks and patients should know about the potential risks involved with implant surgery. Problems are rare, though, and when they do occur they’re usually minor and easily treated/remedied.

    Some of the potential risks of dental implant surgery include:

    • Peri-Implantitis – infection of the dental implant site
    • Damage to surrounding teeth or blood vessels.
    • Nerve damage
    • Puncturing of sinus when implants placed in the upper jaw causing the implate to protrude into one of your sinus cavities.

    What are success rate of dental implants?

    90% – 95% of dental implants are successful, however, there is a possibility that bone tissue may fail to fuse sufficiently to the titanium dental implant fixtures. In cases that implants fail to fuse to bone, the implants must be removed and bone matter is cleaned up. After which, patients may choose to try the procedure again in 3 – 6 months. Smoking, for example, may contribute to implant failure and complications.

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    Singapore 038983
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