Implants are dental devices used to replace the roots of missing teeth. The dental implant procedure consists of three parts: the small titanium screw, the abutment and the replacement teeth. The small titanium screw is inserted into the jaw bone vie surgery, and the abutment is inserted into the screw. After the implant is in place, the replacement tooth (e.g. crown, bridge or denture) will be placed over the implant.
At Neo Smiles, you can use Medisave to claim for your dental implant surgery.
Am I Suitable for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are not suitable for young children as the jaw bone is still developing. There is no upper age limit for dental implant treatment in healthy adults.
Smokers experience a lower success rate of dental implant treatments, and patients with chronic gum diseases should ensure the diseases are under control prior to starting implant treatment. Some patients with long-term tooth loss may require additional site preparation such as bone grafts or sinus lists prior to implant treatment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
What happens during treatment?
Our dentist will assess the area under consideration for the implant visually, with X-rays and teeth impressions. We will discuss the various options available to you, and the related costs and risks.
When proceeding, our dentist will use a special dental drill to remove the core of the bone. The titanium implant is embedded into the jaw bone under local anaesthesia. The incision on the gum is stitched and allowed to heal, and for the implant to fuse with the bone. This may take 2 - 3 months or longer.
At the follow-up session, our dentist will then surgically expose the top part of the implant to take the necessary impressions for the fabrication of the implant crown.
We will schedule a follow-up visit one week later, and three months to check on your implant and ensure that it is healing well, and ready for the final crown. Do expect some amount of discomfort (e.g. swelling, light bleeding) initially. We advise you to rest, avoid exercise and hot food/beverages within the first two days after surgery. Painkillers and antibiotics may be prescribed as needed. Antiseptic mouthwash will also be provided to keep the surgery area clean.