Dental implants have come a long way since they were first developed by Professor Branemark in 1965. They can have a success rate of up to 90% when done properly.
The first step in dental implant placement is a careful assessment of the patient. X-rays and study models of the mouth are taken to plan the implant placement. For more complex cases, a 3D X-ray will be needed. Unsuitable candidates are identified at this stage.
You can have implant surgery done under local anaesthesia, which is the most common requested form of anaesthesia. However if you are tense or nervous, you can have it done with Laughing gas, IV-Sedation (Twilight Sedation) or GA (General Anaesthesia). All our sedation and GA are done by qualified anaesthetist registered with the Singapore Medical Council. Rest assured that your well-being is of our paramount concern.
On the day of the implant surgery, the titanium implant is placed into the jaw bone (Fig 1). If there is inadequate bone, the socket defect is prepared with addition of artificial bone and collagen membrane to help support the implant.
The dental implant is then left in the bone for a healing period of 4-6 months. An abutment is then placed on top of the implant (Fig 2) and screwed tightly into place (Fig 3). The final porcelain crown can then be cemented onto the abutment (Fig 4).
When done properly, your dental implant will give you a lifetime of chewing and esthetic pleasure. To ensure your implant’s longevity – visit your dentist regularly.
It is important to note that dental implants are used to replaced missing teeth, not replace teeth. If your dentist tells you to extract your teeth and replace it with a dental implant, stop and ask him whether your teeth is really unsalvageable. Ask him whether a root canal treatment can help save the teeth instead of an extraction. If in doubt, do not be shy to ask for a second opinion from an endodontist.
Do not be afraid to ask to seek a second opinion if in doubt. It’s your one and only teeth. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Unfortunately, dental implants do not fall into any specialty groups. Tooth implant in Singapore is done by the following specialist namely oral surgeons, periodontist, prosthodontist and endodontist. Following in the footsteps of his American colleagues, Dr Seah is thus the first Endodontist in Singapore to routinely incorporate dental implant surgery in his practice.