What are dental implants?
Dental implants are devices that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Dental implants are placed in your jawbone by surgery. Most of the time, implants feel more natural and secure than other methods of replacing missing teeth, such as dentures.
Benefits of dental implants include:
Are dental implants suitable for everyone?
If you have good general health, dental implants will certainly work for you. Habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase problems associated with initial healing and influence the long-term health of gum and bone surrounding each implant.
Does it hurt? After the surgery? During the surgery? Are there any complications?
Most patients will be very familiar with the dental anesthetics used for routine dentistry and will know how effective they are. Implants are placed using the same anesthesia.
Since the surgery normally involves exposing the bone in the area where the dental implant and/or bone graft is to be placed, you will expect some minor swelling and occasionally bruising afterwards.
For most patients, any of the simple painkillers you might take for a headache will be all that is needed for a few days. If you experience more discomfort than this, contact your dentist who can prescribe a stronger medication.
During the first few days, you should report any unexpected levels of pain or swelling so that it can be assessed. If in doubt, always ask for advice, as early detection of a problem will often lead to a simpler solution. You may also be asked to take a course of antibiotics and to follow some simple procedures such as rinsing with salt water or an antiseptic mouth rinse. It is important that you carry out these instructions.
What is the process? Can dental Implants be claimed using Medisave?
At Dentalplus, your Dental Implant treatment will be medisave claimable. After consulting with our dentist, your condition will be assessed and you will be informed of the recommended treatment plan and costs.
Once ready, dental implant surgery will be handled by our oral surgery specialist.