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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. 

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
You can usually claim up to $1250 in Medisave for one dental implant , subject to a maximum of $7500 for 8 implants. No dentist can guarantee the success of any Medisave claim. We can only submit the request, but the final claimable amount is still subject to approval by MOH...
21 Feb 2019
The answer to the question truly depends on a number of factors. The most important thing is about what your dad wants. For example, if he does not want any form of surgery at all, then a denture or perhaps a dental bridge may be instead a better option for him. Whilst a denture ...
21 Feb 2019
I'm so sorry this has happened, and I hope you have recovered from your fall. In the course of my work I have seen so many cases of dental injuries caused by accidental falls and I know how distressing it can be, especially if you have lost a tooth in front. I really feel fo...
6 Feb 2018
Dear Xiphias, 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 incl...
27 Aug 2018
It is very difficult to predict the extent of facial changes due to extraction-type braces treatment. Even for patients who have jaw surgery done, the true extent of their facial changes as a result of the treatment cannot be predicted with 100% accuracy. The changes that we te...
10 Mar 2018
Thank you for your question about mini-implants. I get this question a lot at my practice and I am happy to share with you and other readers my views on the matter. The use of mini-implants has certainly been controversial. The key to success for any mini-implant case sta...
26 Apr 2018
The simple answer to that question is that it depends. The truth is there are many variables that might contribute to whether or not a patient experiences pain when undergoing dental implant surgery. Some examples of these variables are: Subjective pain threshold of the ...
21 Feb 2019
Dental implants, when done well, are designed to look and feel and function just like the natural teeth they are replacing. Dental implants will never decay, however, gum disease around the dental implant may still occur with neglect, just like in the case of natural teeth. Th...
21 Feb 2019
Dear Rider44, Most dental clinics that do implants would be able to facilitate an implant retained denture. As Dr JD has explained, cost of total treatment depends on how easy or difficult the implant placement would be in the lower jaw. For the implant surgery portion -...
15 Apr 2018
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