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.
Benefits of Dental Implants
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.
What happens during treatment?
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Medisave can be used for the dental implant surgery. Crowns are not covered by Medisave.
Please click here to view the necessary documents needed to use your Medisave for your dental implant surgery.
There are many detriments to leaving a gap:
- Irreversible loss of bone in areas without a teeth
- Shifts in remaining teeth, leading to crookedness or misalignment
- Difficulties in speaking
- Poor chewing habits
- Aesthetic purposes (e.g. if front teeth is missing)/ change in smiles
Please seek advice from any of our dentists at Neo Smiles Dental Studios if you have a gap between your teeth to prevent the above from occurring.
An implant involves a titanium screw to be inserted into the jaw bone so as to replace the roots of the teeth. An artificial teeth will then be attached to the titanium base. This is required if the roots of the tooth have already decayed and have been extracted.
A crown/ bridge is simply a 'cap' over your teeth with healthy roots. There is no surgery required.
This a relatively safe and viable procedure for people looking to replace a missing tooth. The risks vary from person to person depending on your medical conditions or whether you are a smoker. There is no upper age limit for dental implants, so we would also suggest this as an option to the elderly with tooth loss.
However, a dental implant cannot be inserted for a patient who is too young (under the age of eighteen years approximately). It is crucial that the jaw is fully developed.
The insertion of implants is performed under local anaesthesia and the procedure is completely painless.
Potential post-operative pain can be alleviated with painkillers.
Dental implants are more durable than dentures, but care is also required post-procedure such as maintaining good oral hygiene and having frequent check-ups to ensure that the implants can last for the long term.
In the case of insufficient oral hygiene, the implants are more vulnerable to infections than natural teeth.