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Implants

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Overview

Patients with single, multiple, or complete tooth loss may benefit from dental implant treatment. Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone underneath your gums. As implants are fused to the jaw-bone, they are very stable and can feel almost identical to natural teeth.

Dental implants are expected to last for about 10-15 years, if proper care, such as good oral routine, is taken to maintain them.

We offer 4 types of implant treatments:
•Implant crown
•Implant-retained dentures
•Implant-supported dentures
•All-on-4 Treatment


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Implant crown

If you are missing only one tooth, a crown that is attached to a dental implant will be an ideal choice.

How is it done?
First, a metal implant is placed under the gums and within the bone. Next, depending on the type of implant system and the patient’s treatment requirements, the prosthetic abutment, which connects the implant to the artificial teeth, may be placed immediately or during a second surgery which can take up to half a year’s wait. Lastly, after the gums have sufficiently healed, an artificial teeth will be fabricated and fitted onto the implant. This procedure can take up to 2 months.

What are the benefits of an implant crown? 
Other methods to replace a single missing tooth are removable dentures and bridges. A removable denture is uncomfortable as it can be loose and irritate the tongue and gums. A bridge requires the adjacent teeth to be trimmed. With implants, the dentist replaces only the individual tooth without jeopardising the health of the adjacent teeth. Dental implants are also much easier to care for, as they can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth.

Treatment Charges and Payment Plan
Implant Crown (Per Tooth)
$1250 (After Medisave Claim of $1250)

We offer instalment payment plans of up to 24 months for POSB and DBS credit card holders. Terms & Conditions apply. For more information on our flexible payment plans, please click here.
 
If you have any further questions regarding the treatment, please feel free to call 8684 1000 to speak to our patient care associate. Alternatively, you may fill in our online enquiry form here

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Implant Retained Dentures 

Tooth implantation, dentureIf you are missing all of your teeth in either your upper or lower jaw, or both jaws, a removable denture can be attached to the dental implants.

What are the benefits of implant-retained dentures?
Traditional full dentures have nothing to hold them in place, except for the suction force under the dentures. Hence, many patients suffer from loose dentures that cannot be made any tighter. Implants will hold on to the dentures so that they will not slip out. This makes it much easier to chew and also more comfortable than traditional dentures.

Treatment Charges and Payment Plan
Implant Retained Dentures
$488 (After Medisave Claim of $4100)

Further subsidies apply for CHAS/PG Cardholders. Please see below for the prices after CHAS/PG subsidies:
•PG Cardholders: $221.50
•Blue CHAS Cardholders: $231.50
•Orange CHAS Cardholders: $317.50
We offer instalment payment plans of up to 24 months for POSB and DBS credit card holders. Terms & Conditions apply. For more information on our flexible payment plans, please click here.

If you have any further questions regarding the treatment, please feel free to call 8684 1000 to speak to our patient care associate. Alternatively, you may fill in our online enquiry form here

Book an Appointment

 


barImplant-supported Dentures 

Similar to implant-retained dentures, implant-supported dentures are removable dentures that are attached to dental implants. The only difference is that implant-supported dentures are both retained and fully supported by an implant bar.

What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?
Unlike implant-retained dentures that still rest partially on the gums, implant-supported dentures are fully supported by the implant bar. Hence, they are a lot more rigid and are able to generate stronger biting forces.

Treatment Charges and Payment Plan 
Implant Supported Dentures 
$3000 – $7000 (After Medisave Claim of $4100)

We offer instalment payment plans of up to 24 months for POSB and DBS credit card holders. Terms & Conditions apply. For more information on our flexible payment plans, please click here.

If you have any further questions regarding the treatment, please feel free to call 8684 1000 to speak to our patient care associate. Alternatively, you may fill in our online enquiry form here

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All-on-4 ® Treatment

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                 Photo taken from Nobel Biocare

If you are missing all of your teeth, you may also want to consider the All-on-4 ® treatment, an innovative solution designed to replace all missing teeth with just four dental implants.

How is it done?
This treatment involves a strategic placement of four implants. 2 implants will be placed in front of the arch and the remaining 2 will be placed in the back at 45 degrees. Together, these form the required foundation to support the prosthesis.

By placing 2 implants at an optimal angle of 45 degrees, available bone can be utilized, hence eliminating the need for a bone graft. The placement of these implants is carried out under local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia.

What are the benefits of All-on-4 ® treatment?
Unlike the traditional implant treatment, fewer implants are used, thereby reducing the cost. There is also usually no need for bone graft for All-on-4 ® treatment. Not only does this shorten the treatment time, the cost can also be further reduced. 

Treatment Charges and Payment Plan 
All-on-4 Implant 
$20,000 – $25,000 (Per Jaw) 

We offer instalment payment plans of up to 24 months for POSB and DBS credit card holders. Terms & Conditions apply. For more information on our flexible payment plans, please click here.

If you have any further questions regarding the treatment, please feel free to call 8684 1000 to speak to our patient care associate. Alternatively, you may fill in our online enquiry form here

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long or how many visits is required for an implant treatment?

The whole treatment will usually take approximately 4 to 5 visit across an average of 6 months.

2. How long can an implant last?

Scientific studies have shown that around 95% if implants are still functional after 10 to 15 years. Implants are very similar to and can last just as long as natural teeth. The longevity of teeth and implants depend on how well the patient cleans and cares for them. This means proper brushing and flossing, and regular check-ups with the dentist.

3. What are the benefits of the different types of implants?

i. Implant Crown – With implants, the dentist replaces only the individual tooth without jeopardising the health of the adjacent teeth. Dental implants are also much easier to care for, as they can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth.

ii. Implant Retained Denture – Implants will hold on to the dentures so that they will not slip out. This makes it much easier to chew and also more comfortable than traditional dentures where there is nothing to hold them in place, except for the suction force under the dentures.

iii. Implant Supported Denture – Unlike implant-retained dentures that still rest partially on the gums, implant-supported dentures are fully supported by the implant bar. Hence, they are a lot more rigid and are able to generate stronger biting forces.

4. Who can benefit from dental implants? Am I too old for implants?

The jawbone should be fully matured for implant placement. Hence, implants are usually placed in patients older than 18 years of age. The good news is that dental implants can be placed in adult patients of any age, as long as sufficient bone is present to support the implant. Other basic requirements such as the overall health of the teeth and gums will also be taken into consideration when assessing one’s suitability for dental implants.

5. Is the procedure to place implants painful?

Some discomfort may be felt before the procedure, when local anaesthetic is injected into the gums to numb the area. During the procedure, the patient will not feel any pain as he/she will be numb. After the anaesthetic wears off, most patients experience moderate discomfort (pain score 5 out of 10). This is reduced to a mild discomfort upon taking the painkillers prescribed by our dentist. By the second day, many patients do not even need to take the painkillers. Compared to extractions, implants are actually less painful as there is no open wound after the procedure and the gums can heal faster.

6. Do I need a bone graft to do an implant?

Not all patients require a bone graft. Only patients who do not have adequate bone will need a bone graft to improve the bone support around the implant. The dental surgeon placing the implant will be able to advise you if you need bone grafts. He will also be able to advise you on the timeline, costs, benefits and risks of the procedure.

7. Will I experience swelling and what is the downtime for the implant procedure?

You may experience slight swelling after the procedure, which will subside after a few days. The downtime is minimal. Most of our patients are able to return to their normal daily activities on the same day.

8. How long will it take for me to recover if I have undergone a sinus lift procedure?

In general, it will take about 1 month for the gum part and 4 to 6 months for the bone part.

9. Will I be given a temporary crown?

Yes, but it will only be given during taking of impression and not right after implant insertion.

Home Care Instructions for Implant Treatment

1. What are the side effects of anesthetic?

Before the procedure, you were given an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. This anesthetic typically leaves your lips, teeth and tongue feeling numb after the appointment. For this reason, you should avoid chewing for 2 hours following the surgery, or until the numbness has completely worn off. In some cases, you may also experience numbness on one side of the face, and it will take about 3 hours to regain your muscles control.

2. Must I complete the course of antibiotics medicine after my implant procedure?

If you have been given a course of antibiotics to take after your treatment, please ensure that you complete the course.

3. How long will the pain or swelling last after the implant procedure?

You may experience pain, swelling, or discomfort for several days, which can be treated with painkillers. There is also a risk of an infection following the treatment, which can be treated with antibiotics. Should the symptoms persist or worsen, please contact the clinic immediately. If the symptoms worsen on the second day with severe pain and fever occurring concurrently, please contact our clinic immediately.

4. My wound is still bleeding after the implant procedure, do I need to see a dentist immediately?

It is common to have blood oozing from the surgical site for 1-2 days after surgery. Replace the gauze on the bleeding area as needed every 30-45 minutes and bite on the gauze firmly. Keeping your head elevated with pillows can also help to control bleeding. However, if bleeding continues or increases, please call our clinic immediately.

5. It is painful to brush my teeth after the implant procedure. What are the available options for me to continue maintaining good oral care?

Your dentist may recommend using an oral rinse instead of brushing your teeth at the surgical site for the first few days.

6. What can I eat and what should I avoid doing after the implant procedure?

During the first 1 to 2 weeks, avoid chewing hard or crunchy goods on surgical sites. Do not use a straw when drinking as this sucking motion can result in more bleeding by dislodging the blood clot. Rinse thoroughly after eating to prevent food from infecting the surgical site.

7. What can I eat and what should I avoid after the implant procedure?

You are advised not to smoke until the wound has healed, as this severely limits healing in the mouth.

8. Can I participate in sports or any physical activities after the implant procedure?

Avoid physical exertion for the first week.

9. What is a healing abutment and how should I take care of it?

A healing abutment may be placed on your implant to allow for healing. Avoid chewing anything hard on the side where the implant was placed. This will help the implant to heal safely in preparation for the next step of your treatment. In rare instances where your healing abutment gets dislodged, please notify the clinic immediately and we will make arrangements for you to see the dentist.