Dental implants have been used for years to remedy missing teeth due to periodontal diseases, tooth decay, or injuries. Getting one has benefits such as:
If you are considering a dental implant, book a consultation with any of our trained dentists in Singapore to explore your options. Unsure if dental implants are the right choice for you? Here’s what you need to know before going ahead with the procedure:
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth replacement option that is used to replace missing teeth. Your oral surgeon would place an implant into the jawbone where there is no natural tooth root. This allows the bone to grow around the implant and secure it firmly in place, allowing you to eat normally again without having to worry about food getting stuck in your gums or causing discomfort while chewing.
After securing the implant, a dental crown will be attached on top of it. Crowns are similar to caps that cover the tops of natural teeth. When the crown is attached, it looks and feels like a real tooth. Apart from covering your dental implants, dental crowns are suitable for:
Today, there are a variety of implant options available in Singapore, each with unique features. The main types include single-tooth replacement, implant-supported bridge, and implant overdenture.
When only a single tooth needs fixing, a single tooth replacement implant is recommended. A fixture is placed, and the prosthetics are made for the individual tooth.
An implant-supported dental bridge is an effective implant option for people who are missing several teeth. Aside from providing stability, the dental bridge links the prosthetics together. The benefits of an implant-supported bridge include:
In this procedure, two or more dental implants will be inserted in order to stabilise the denture and protect the supporting bone. Benefits of an implant overdenture include:
In Singapore, the whole process from procedure to recovery takes about 4 to 9 months on average, depending on how healthy your teeth are and what needs to be fixed. We’ll first perform an evaluation to see if implants are a good solution for your dental problems.
If you have enough bone density and length, it will take you approximately 3 to 4 months to achieve full recovery after the implant is inserted.
In the case that you have decreased bone height and thickness, either mineral-based synthetic bone or your own bone from another part of your body may be placed onto the implant’s insert to promote bone growth and bone fusion between the titanium and your existing bone. It can take 6 to 9 months to achieve full recovery after this type of procedure.
The actual dental implant procedure is typically done under local or general anesthesia to avoid pain and discomfort. However you may still experience some soreness in the days following the implant.
If you are thinking about getting a dental implant, get in touch with Family Dental Centre (FDC) for more information. Prior to advising on implant option for your needs, our dentists can conduct teleconsultations or in-person dental appointments in Singapore.
FDC offers affordable dental implants, dental crown cleaning, and other dental and oral care services at our dental clinics across Singapore.