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How I Overcame My Fear Of Getting Dental Implants To Finally Eat Well, AMA!

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Shubhada Bhide
VIP 209 days ago


Hello DxD community! I’m Shubhada. I’ll be replying to all your comments on Thursday, 22 November at 5:30 PM.

Proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqXT8Glgpqd/. You can find more information about me on my Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/shub_sg/

Background: I'd like to begin by saying that I consider myself to be quite brave when it comes to dental procedures. I had to undergo dental treatments since I was 5. Fillings, extraction, root canal, crowns, bridges - you name it, I'd have probably done it. 

However, 13 years ago, I lost a tooth that was situated in my lower jaw. I was pregnant then, so I was preoccupied with a lot of other matters and completely ignored my oral health. The tooth was too decayed to be salvaged, so it had to be extracted. To make things worst, the surrounding teeth were affected too. I had to do a root canal for the neighbouring tooth, and a bridge in order for me to eat properly. 

Unfortunately, the bridge always felt uncomfortable, as if there's something pressing against my teeth. Gradually, it became hard for me to chew and it finally gave way after 5 years. 

I knew that getting a dental implant would be ideal for my situation, but I was fearful that I would not be able to survive the pain. I heard too many horror stories. Eventually, I mustered up the courage and went ahead with the procedure. 

I never looked back since then! I was so glad I did it. Thus, I thought it would be helpful to share my dental implant experience with everyone throught this AMA. 

Leave a comment below asking me anything about dental implants, or questions related to:

  1. What made me decide to finally do it after so many years
  2. How was the process of getting a dental implant like 
  3. Were you under anaesthesia
  4. Types of oral medication that I had to take 
  5. How long was the down time 
  6. Was it really that terrifying like what everyone else says
  7. Do the dental implants feel like a foreign object 
#Dental
Comments (32)
Anonymous
208 days ago

Hi I'm Jeeyan, DxD's content editor, and I'll be moderating this AMA. Feel free to leave your questions and comments for Miss Shub below!

@Shub, thanks for dong this AMA :) My questions for you are: 

1. Was dental implant the only option you had? What were your other options?

2. How is your implant doing now? Do you have problems chewing certain types of food?

Hi Jeeyan for co-ordinating this. Here are my replies to your questions:

1. For me unfortunately I had already tried filling, root canal, crown and bridge and the structure sustained for quite a few years. But there came a point where I started experiencing terrible pain and couldn't even eat properly! So yes, dental implant was the choice for me. I would say that this is the next best thing to having natural tooth.

2. I really loved the way dental implant went - smooth and painless. After surgery there was a little swelling (which was expected) that lasted for about 1-2 days and after that all I did was follow Dr. Gerald's instructions. 

Recent x-ray showed that my implant is sitting pretty in my jaw bone and it has healed completely. 

Eating, chewing all is normal. Though I haven't tried too hard foods yet to be on the safer side...Normal day to day food I can eat happily. No issues there.

Anonymous
211 days ago
Is it very painful because one of my aunties got it done and it got infected?

It depends on how skillfully the implants are done. For my case, I was prepared for real big pain. But Dr. Gerald from Elite Dental Group did it so well that I didn't even realize when it got over!

As far as infection is concerned, it depends a lot on well you take post-surgery care. I would suggest that medicines, regular visits to your dentist will definitely help. 

 

 

Hi Miss Shubhada,

I am terrified of dentists and I have been told I need a dental implant.

There are many dentists in Singapore who offer dental implant services and every dentist would say they have experience.

How did you find a good dental implant dentist that you trust, who is an expert in the surgery, and has alot of experience in dealing with dental anxiety?

Did you do alot of research before settling on a particular dentist? Who did you end up choosing and why did you choose him/her? 

Please help!

I can feel you because am pretty brave while my mom freaks out when it comes to dental treatments. My suggestion would be: check the reviews of dentists like this site offers you that feature. Secondly pls go and talk to dentists. I consulted 2-3 dentists and found Dr. Gerald through one friend's reference. 

He very elaborately explained me in terms that a layperson can also understand. For me,the dentist has to be reassuring to patients else I won't go ahead.

why is it that some dentists offer cheaper implants and others offer pricier implants? 
Exactly the same question I asked to Dr. Gerald from Elite Dental Group. There something called as mini-dental implants that costs cheaper. But that screw will be too flimsy for molars and all. So I couldn't go for it. I had checked with another dentist too and roughly the cost should be somewhere around 3K+ case by case basis.
Jonah Lphunes
210 days ago
What is the duration of the healing process? Are there any side effects from this procedure? 
No side effects for me but yes some swelling, some pain is expected which should subside in a day or two. Generally the healing happens from within without disturbing your day to day routine
Kira
208 days ago
What can I expect from a consultation on dental implants? Is there anything you can suggest I should look out for or ask my dentist about?
Ask everything! It's important to clear each and every doubt. No question is silly when it comes to health. I asked lots of questions about process, cost, side effects, healing process etc to Elite Dental Group docs and staff.
Tina
208 days ago
Did you need to take MC after your procedure? Or were you OK and able to go back to work the next day?
Your dentist will give you around 5 days MC depending on your procedure. For me, Dr. Gerald gave the same but I was already feeling almost okay next day evening. So did some work from home without any issues.
Henry
208 days ago
Were you under local anaesthesia or general?


I guess I'm asking - what pain management options did you discuss with your dentist, and how did you choose?

I was offered local and general anaesthesia options. I preferred to do it under local anesthesia. I was pretty confident that I would be able to handle it. General anaesthesia works well if you have fear of dental treatments.
BuiBuiDuck
208 days ago
Did you have a regular dentist that you went to for dental implants, or did you do research on which dentist to visit? How did you decide which dentist to go to?
I did talk to 2-3 dentists and did my own research before zeroing on Elite Dental Clinic. For me, the most important thing was how well the dentist explains and clarifies all my doubts and how well-qualified and experienced he / she is.
Chelsea
208 days ago
How long do dental implants last? Do they need to be replaced as you get older?
Good question! From what I have gathered based on the information from the dentist and internet, it should easily last another 15+ years. Quality of the implant, acceptance of your body to it plays a crucial role. 
Priya
211 days ago
How much is the duration of the treatment and cost.
Depends! Sometimes you have lots of underlying issues and might need a few more treatments like it happened in my case. 

Cost generally in the range of 3K onwards. Do check CPF claim availability. 

Germaine
208 days ago
Hello Shubhada, I'm so glad that someone is sharing their experience of dental implants! I've been wondering about it for a while. My dad might need implants, and I'm worried about the implants getting infected, so my questions are:


1. How did you look after your implants afterwards? Was there anything special that you had to do besides brushing/flossing as usual?

2. How did you deal with the pain post op?

3. How long before you recovered?

Thank you!

1. Following all instructions of your dentist does wonders when it comes to healing process. All I did was eat softer food for a week or so, took all medicines properly and closely monitored for any weird symptoms.Regularly visited the dentist to remove stitches and all.


2. Frankly speaking, I didn't really get high levels of pain post-surgery. Swelling, discomfort is normal and it subsides fast with painkillers and anti-swelling medicines. For me, it was gone in 1-2 days max.

3. The overall implant process is longer because you get the surgery done and fix the screw. Then you leave it alone for 2-3 months for healing and then place the crown. During this time, just have to follow dentist's instructions properly and the recovery is fast

Sleepy
208 days ago
You mentioned that the dental bridge felt uncomfortable - was there any similar discomfort with a dental implant? How did it feel, was it just like your own teeth?
My earlier crown and bridge gave me real trouble that's the reason for Dental Implant actually. Dental implant has so far given no discomfort to me and it feels like my own tooth
scaredpain
208 days ago
Was the procedure very painful? Last time when I got my wisdom teeth removed, I had to have a lot of anaesthetic injections and it was still very painful. The dentist said it was because my teeth and gums had gotten infected... Now I'm very worried about pain management and going to the dentist.
If you are really scared, you can check general anaesthesia option with your dentist. From my experience, I can tell you that wisdom tooth surgery can be more painful than dental implant. I have done both! 


Talk to your dentist, take second opinion if necessary and get all your doubts cleared. Oral health is very important as you know. 

Omar
208 days ago
I'm afraid of seeing the dentist - and you have seen yours many times! How did you get over the fear? What went through your mind?
He he my mom still gets very scared to go to dentist. Somehow for me, I am quite ok by default when it comes to dental treatments. As long as you know the procedure and you have cleared all your doubts, it's not that bad seriously. Striking trust and communication with the dentist is utmost important
Terry
208 days ago
What was your discussion with your dentist like? What did you discuss and how did you make the decisions you did? I'm going to see my dentist soon and I want to be sure that I don't miss out on anything.


thanks in advance!

I asked EVERY little thing that came in my mind to Dr. Gerald from Elite Dental Group. And I kept asking again and again until I was clear about dental implant procedure.


1. Is the procedure needed and what are the alternatives

2. How the surgery is done

3. Level of pain during and post surgery

4. Medicines needed and duration to recover

5. What care to take post surgery

6. Cost - CPF claimable, any other choices

7. Any other things big or small - just ask!

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