Facts about Getting Dental Implants in Singapore
Having a complete set of teeth is essential for everyone. It would not only enhance the way you look but would also make eating and chewing easy and comfortable. Dental Implants in Singapore are quite popular especially to the baby boomers. They say it’s a better alternative than dentures or veneers.
To know more about this, Dental Designs will walk you through the procedure, costs and frequently asked questions.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are posts or frames that are made with metal and used as a replacement root of a missing tooth or teeth. These implants are surgically embedded into the jawbone or skull and serve as a base to support the artificial tooth or custom-made crown.
2 types of implants
Mini Dental Implant
- These are made of smaller and thinner titanium posts. It does not come with an abutment and is basically a one-piece post.
- Requires a small holee for the titanium post.
- Usually heals faster.
- A traditional implant is a conventional way of doing dental implants. It is composed of a titanium post and an abutment. The posts are thicker and bigger by diameter and are usually used to patients who have sturdy jawbones.
- Requires a big hole for the titanium post.
- Support bigger teeth like molars.
Do the aforementioned implants have different functions?
No. A mini dental implant and traditional dental implant function in the same fashion. Both serve as an artificial root to hold a crown, denture or bridge in the same position.
Is the dental implant procedure in Singapore different from the procedures done in other countries?
Absolutely not. The procedure is the same.
Dental Implant Procedure
First step: The dentist will make an incision on the gum.
Second step: He/she will drill a hole on the exposed jawbone to create a space for the titanium post.
Third step: Insert the dental implant into the jawbone.
Fourth step: Do the stitching process
A list of DON’TS to remember post surgery:
- Don’t do rinsing within 24 hours.
- Don’t spit or don’t poke the surgical site.
- Don’t put pressure on the outside of your face.
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol.
- Don’t exercise
- Don’t eat or drink hot food and beverages.
Are there certain dental implant brands used in Singapore?
No. There’s no specific brand that’s used by dentists. There are a lot of reliable brands to choose from and this will depend on which clinic you go to.
Here’s a list of brands:
- Nobel Biocare
- Dentsply Sirona (Previously Astra)
- Zimmer Biomet
How long does it take for gums to heal after dental implants?
Six weeks to six months.
What are the common risks that can hamper the success rate of a dental implant surgery?
- Chronic diseases
- Severe bruxism
- History of Periodontitis
Why do Singaporeans prefer dental implants?
Dental implants are very stable because of how they are implanted to the jaw. This stability makes chewing and eating convenient and comfortable. They do not slip and require dental adhesives which is commonly used when dentures do not fit well.
Is it a good investment?
Yes. Despite it being really expensive and may initially cost you a lot, the effect of having this kind of implant will improve your everyday life in the long run.
Are there dental implant specialists in Singapore?
No. There any of these 3 can perform the procedure: Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon; Periodontist; and a Prosthodontist.
How can I find the best dentist for my procedure?
- Online presence or word of mouth
- Relevant training and qualifications
- Number of dental implants performed
How to ensure the long-term success of an implant?
- Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to keep the implant clean as possible to avoid periodontal disease.
- Do follow through check-ups with your dentist routinely between 3-6 months.
- Eliminate smoking.
- Stay healthy.
How much would it cost to get a dental implant?
It can range from 1,000-6,000 Singaporean Dollars for a non-complex case depending on your dentist or clinic. This is the range for conventional dental implants. This price range does not include other fees such as general consultation, medicines and dental x-rays.
Is there a cheaper type of dental implants?
Mini dental implants are cheaper than traditional or conventional implants. It ranges from 700-1500 Singaporean dollars without additional procedure costs.
It costs lower because it is only used for simple cases.
Would it be possible to use Medisave?
Luckily, yes! It is Medisave claimable. According to the Central Provident Fund (CPF), you can use Medisave for dental implant insertions and removals as long as it is done surgically. However, there are certain limits. The fee that you will pay for this procedure is Medisave claimable with a limit of $1,250 per dental implant.
Needless to say, dental implants or any dental procedures usually come with an expensive tag but it is one of the best investments you can get for yourself. Hopefully, all this information is useful for you and would help you decide if you want or need to get a dental implant. Also, help you maintain it if ever you will get one.
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