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Do you have unsightly gaps in your smile? Perhaps you lost a tooth through an accident, or maybe a tooth had to be pulled because of a trauma or disease. A missing tooth can affect your appearance, but more importantly, it can negatively impact the comfort of your bite, causing misalignment issues and jaw pain as a result. If you’re experiencing discomfort or dissatisfaction because of holes in your smile, dental implants could be the answer.

The Truth About Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial teeth. They are custom-designed to be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth, and they fit into two major categories— subperiosteal or endosteal.
A subperiosteal implant rests on the bone. There are metal posts that branch out into the gum to hold the tooth in place. Subperiostal or “on the jaw” implants are ideal for patients who don’t have much bone depth and cannot handle a traditional denture.

The second and most commonly used kind of implant is the endosteal implant. This dental implant goes down into the jawbone. Since it is rooted in the bone with a blade, cylinder, or screw, the implant is much more secure and remains in place much like your natural teeth. One implant can have more than one tooth attached to it.

The Parts of a Dental Implant

A standard dental implant has two parts— a titanium screw and a crown. The durable titanium screw actually bonds and integrates itself into the jawbone, becoming a part of it and securing the crown in place. The crown is the artificial tooth itself, which is designed to mimic the look, feel, and function of your original tooth.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Dental Implant?

As a patient at one of the best Singapore dental clinics, you’ll receive a thorough evaluation before you are given dental implants. Your dentist will evaluate all sorts of factors to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. Do you have good oral health? Is there enough bone in your jaw to stabilise the implant? Is your gum tissue healthy? If so, then you may be an ideal candidate for a dental implant. If you have oral disease, serious medical conditions, a tendency to grind your teeth heavily, or unsatisfactory bone quality, your Singapore dentist may recommend an alternate type of smile makeover.

Straumann Dental Implant Systems

At Orchard Scotts Dental, we use Straumann dental implants for all our patient procedures. The superb quality of these Swiss-made implants places them at the top of the dental implant market. When your dentist in Singapore chooses Straumann dental implants for you, you can rest assured that you are receiving a top-notch product. In fact, more than 14 million people worldwide are smiling with a Straumann dental implant.

One reason that we use Straumann is the unique, patented SLActive technology within the implants. Thanks to this innovative tech, your dentist can predict results more accurately, and your mouth can heal and adjust much more quickly.

The Roxolid technology used in Straumann implants permits the new tooth to be much harder and more durable. Since the material is stronger, the design of the tooth can be slimmer without risk of breakage. That means that your implant can be made to fit more seamlessly into your mouth. Less bone grafting is necessary, which means quicker healing thanks to a less invasive process.

In addition to metallic implants, Straumann also supplies ceramic versions. These PURE Ceramic Implants from Straumann come in creamy ivory colours and are ideal for patients whose gums are too thin or recessed to effectively hide the root of a metallic implant. They are also perfect for patients who, for one reason or another, cannot handle a metallic implant.

The durability of a Straumann implant extends throughout your lifetime. As Singapore’s leading dental clinic for dental implants, Orchard Scotts Dental is happy to offer Straumann’s lifetime guarantee for every dental implant we provide.

Invisalign and Dental Implants

You may have heard of the cutting edge dental alignment technology called Invisalign. Simply put, Invisalign uses practically invisible clear aligners to adjust the position of your teeth, so that you can continue to enjoy your lifestyle without the inconvenience and stigma of braces. As an Invisalign provider, your dentist at Orchard Scotts Dental may suggest the use of Invisalign trays to move your teeth over a bit so that there is enough space for the new dental implants. With the help of Invisalign and your new artificial teeth, you’ll see a huge improvement in your smile and your oral health.

Dental Implants Vs. Porcelain Veneers

While a dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth, a veneer is a surface solution, a cover for a damaged, injured, or unsightly tooth. The veneer is like a thin shell, sliding over your existing tooth and protecting it. Some people use veneers to give themselves a more white, even, and perfect smile. For others, veneers can correct chipped teeth, broken edges, or worn enamel.
Veneers last for up to a decade, and then they must be replaced. In contrast, dental implants last for your lifetime, or about 25 years. If the bonding fails, veneers can shift, increasing your chances of gum disease or tooth decay; whereas implants attach into the bone and simply need regular brushing and cleaning like your other teeth.

At Orchard Scotts Dental, we excel at beautifully bonded veneers as well as secure, long-lasting implants. Your Singapore dentist will review every aspect of your oral health and make a recommendation for the type of treatment that fits best with your needs.

Filling the Gaps

As a recognised Premium Partner with Straumann, Orchard Scotts Dental supplies dozens of patients with new implants each year. Our experienced doctors, Dr. Yap and Dr. Lim, perform these procedures with skill and precision. Dr. Lim was even named a Key Opinion Leader by Straumann for his superb work. Contact us at Orchard Scotts Dental today to begin the process of filling in the gaps and achieving the beautiful smile that you deserve to have.