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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. 

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.

894 views 25 Mar 2019

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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The infection happening around the dental implant screw is causing failure in osseointegration (integration between bone and implant screw) and this means the foundation of the Dental Implant is weak. Ossesointegration is one of the most important process in determining the success ...
25 Aug 2018
Hi there, Thank you for your email. Medisave is a national medical savings scheme setup by the Government of Singapore to help subside surgical treatment for Singaporeans and Permanent Resident. It helps you meet future personal or immediate family's hospitalisation, day surgery and...
21 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
Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about your accident. “What dentistry procedures would you recommend to replace the tooth? Is implant the best option?” I assume that the teeth in question are your 2 front teeth? The methods that you can consider ...
26 Jan 2018
What you're experiencing is one of the complication that arises from dental implants. It is called peri-implantitis, a type of gum disease/gum infection that causes bone loss and eventually, implant failure. Depending on the dental condition, treatment options include: 1) tre...
27 Aug 2018
I understand your concern about your facial profile changes. The soft tissue response to orthodontic treatment varies in different individual due to the difference in thickness of the lip and soft tissue, etc. From scientific research, the main changes with orthodontic treatmen...
10 Mar 2018
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