Before proceeding, please read the following 3 articles written by Dr Gerald Tan about dental implants in Singapore for a more detailed and honest opinion on the subject matter:
The loss of teeth has a profound impact on a patient’s life. In the past, when a tooth was lost to infection or physical trauma, few effective long term treatment options were available. Dental implants are now the gold standard in replacing missing teeth; that fits a natural, lifelike replacement tooth back into place, without the need to tamper with or damage neighbouring teeth. Removable dentures and dental bridges are now sometimes considered to be less desirable treatment options as compared to dental implants, because of the long term harm done to neighbouring teeth.
Dental implants are easy to care for and looks like a normal healthy tooth. Best of all, it restores a patient’s overall health and well-being — from improving one’s self esteem and appearance, to boosting one’s enjoyment of a good meal and nutrition by being able to chew with confidence.
Dental implants also play a very important protective role. When dental implants are placed to restore a patient’s bite to be well balanced and even, remaining natural teeth are subjected to less stress and wear and tear, as chewing forces are distributed over more units.
Contrary to popular belief, dental implant placement is fairly straightforward and involves minimal discomfort – especially when performed by an experienced dentist who is extensively trained.
Step 1: Consultation and Case Assessment
At Elite Dental Group, our combined experience of more than 80 years helps us to adopt a very personalised approach to your treatment plan. During the preliminary consultation, we carefully consider the following:
A series of routine dental X-rays, 3D CBCT scans and moulds/3D intra-oral scans will then be taken to assess potential dental implant sites in your jaw and to help us in pre-surgical planning. We can also bring in a Ministry of Health-certified medical physician to help assess you if you have complicated medical and systemic health issues that may need to be stabilised first before you are deemed fit for dental implant surgery.
Step 2: Dental Implant Surgery
1-2 days prior to your surgery, a thorough scaling and polishing is done to reduce bacterial numbers for smooth healing to occur. Many of our patients also begin taking an oral probiotic supplement to boost the numbers of beneficial bacteria in the mouth as well as to aid in post-op healing.
The surgery duration can be as short as 20 minutes (depending on the number of implants placed). For greater comfort, many of our patients opt to do the procedure under intravenous (IV) sedation administered by a qualified specialist anaesthetist in our clinic.
During the surgery, the dental implant will be inserted into your jaw bone and restored with a crown at a later stage.
Elite Dental Group uses only the highest quality implants from global manufacturers such as Straumann, Osstem, Megagen, Nobel Biocare, SIC and Ankylos. All dental implants that Elite Dental offers are HSA (Singapore) approved, and have gone through years of vigorous international scientific testing. You will be assessed on which brand of dental implant is best suited for your case, as each brand of dental implant has unique design features, pros and cons and different indications.
Post surgery downtime is expected to be around 1 to 2 days depending on complexity.
Step 3: Implant Crown placement
A period of 3-6 months is usually necessary for complete bone and gum healing around the implant. Once the wound has healed, the abutment and implant crown is fitted onto the implant in a straightforward process.
Dental Implant Fees
Our fees for dental implant surgery range from $2,000 to $6,000, depending on the complexity levels of each case.
The amount is partially claimable under your Medisave account (if you are a Singaporean or a Singapore Permanent Resident). As of 2019, this claim amount is up to SGD$1250. Additionally, you are advised to check with your own insurance company to see if you’re covered.
Please read the following article written by our Founder, Dr Gerald Tan on average dental implant fees in Singapore, current as of 2019.
Do note that abutments and implant crowns are charged separately. Prices range from $500 to $2,000, depending on the type of abutment and implant crown chosen, and are not claimable under the Medisave scheme.