Having one or more missing teeth can cause discomfort and may result in having difficulty eating or even holding conversations.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution for your missing tooth or teeth, dental implants serve to mimic and function like your natural teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth which is surgically inserted into the jawbone using a titanium screw. Dental implants mimic the way in which a natural tooth is held in place by its root. Over time, dental implants fuse with bone in the jaw, preventing bone loss. As a result, dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants may require several surgical procedures over a period of months. No two dental implants are exactly alike, thus it is important to discuss your specific needs with your dentist. As a rough estimate, in Singapore dental implants will cost between $2500 and $6000.
You will not feel any pain during the procedure itself because dental implant surgery is conducted under local anaesthetic.
However, once the anaesthetic wears off you may experience mild soreness or discomfort for a couple of days. Your dentist will help you to manage this with medication, if needed.
Dental implants have been performed for more than fifty years and have around a 95% success rate.
With proper oral care they will last a lifetime and feel as natural as the original teeth. As with all surgery, the dental implant procedure carries a slight risk of nerve damage or infection.
Dental implants are intended as a permanent replacement for missing teeth. Once inserted, they cannot be removed.
Very occasionally, implants can become loose, damaged or infected but, as long as you schedule a dental check up every six months, it is unlikely that you will ever need to replace your dental implant.
Many factors, such as the patient’s overall health, the quality of the surrounding jawbone and the number of teeth in need of replacement can influence a dental implant procedure. As a general rule, you can expect the following:
You may need to wait several months after steps 1 and 2 for healing to occur. Therefore the entire dental implant procedure from initial consultation to crown placement takes between 3 and 6 months.
* Number of implant fixtures required is determined on a case-by-case basis by our dentists.