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Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial anchors, often in the form of a titanium screw, placed into the jawbone of a patient. A dental implant is used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture in order to replace missing teeth.

What are dental implants?


Dental implants are artificial anchors, often in the form of titanium screws, placed into the jawbone of a patient. A dental implant is used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture in order to replace missing teeth.

How long can dental implants last?


Dental implants can last over 20 years, depending on the dental hygiene of the patient and position of the implant in the jawbone.

Is getting dental implants painful?

Patients receiving a dental implant usually receive local anaesthesia to numb the mouth. This makes sure that the incision and placement of the implant in the jaw does not hurt. Some swelling or tenderness after the procedure is normal. Your dentist or dental specialist may prescribe painkillers as required.

How long does a dental implant take to heal?


Dental implant surgery takes about an hour. After you are discharged, the healing process takes up to six months during which the jawbone will fuse to support your dental implant. This means that for a patient to be a suitable candidate for dental implant surgery, there must be adequate jawbone to support the implant. 

Dental implants are osseointegrated, meaning they are fused directing to bone and hence cannot be altered in position. Braces treatment involves moving teeth towards a final aesthetic and functional outcome. If braces treatment is done after dental implants, the treatment plan usual...
15 Jul 2019
The biggest question that must be answered is what needs correction. If only simple alignment is required, then the implant would not pose a major issue. The implant crown may need remaking after the braces come off since the bite will be altered. If a more drastic correction ...
15 Jul 2019
Thank you for your enquiry on baby teeth and dental implants. From the Dental Panoramic Xray that you have provided , it is seen that you have several over-retained baby teeth due to congenitally missing adult teeth. Generally speaking, it is advisable to replace your baby tooth with an implant if...
11 Jun 2019
It must be troubling to know that you have multiple missing teeth. Multiple missing teeth will require a interdisciplinary team approach involving both orthodontist and restorative dentist to manage your condition. A proper clinical assessment together with X-rays are needed to dete...
22 Apr 2019
In general, the options to replace missing teeth are dentures, fixed bridges, implants AND DO NOTHING. Hence, the need to replace the second molar depends on a few considerations. Firstly, we have to decide if the replacement is truly needed. Research from 1981 to present has stron...
4 Apr 2019

Can Dentures Replace A Single Missing Tooth?

Can Dentures Replace A Single Missing Tooth?

Dentures are probably considered one of the most common prosthetic solutions for missing teeth.

People who have had teeth removed due to decay or after an accident have probably considered filling the missing areas to restore dental functionality. 

If you’re familiar with older people using dentures as replacements for teeth that have already fallen out, you may also be wondering whether dentures can be used to replace a single missing tooth.

Dr Ooi Jing Liang responded to this question by a DoctorxDentist reader. Here's what he had to say.

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This Dental Specialist Shares A Few Ways To Replace Missing Or Damaged Teeth

This Dental Specialist Shares A Few Ways To Replace Missing Or Damaged Teeth

It is common for people in Singapore to experience issues related to their chompers.

Whether you have a gap in between your teeth, a chipped tooth, or imminent decay, there are plenty of things that can go wrong if you leave such problems to fester.

Fortunately, the world we live in today offers many solutions that you can choose from.

Dr Steven Soo is a specialist in prosthodontics (tooth replacement and cosmetic dentistry). He was featured on DoctorxDentist Sessions where he answered questions from curious readers on crowns, bridges, veneers, and the best ways to maintain them.

Here are some things that you might want to pay attention to if you are looking to replace missing teeth, and keep them looking well even into old age.

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Hello there, Thank you for your enquiry! Usually a comprehensive consultation for dental implants would include first and foremost a thorough assessment of your medical health including the medications that you may be taking. This is important so as to ensure that you are medically...
4 Mar 2019
Traditionally patients have been advised to wait anything from 3-6 months before a dental implant has been placed. This is to allow the extraction site to heal completely with bone. This approach and is still used by myself in certain patients - dependent on their previous medica...
26 Feb 2019
It is indeed wonderful to know that Daddy is still relatively young and is in a position to consider enhancing his smile and overall dental health. Given that there is some research to suggest that loss of teeth is associated with an increased risk of early mortality and that prost...
22 Feb 2019
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