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Jaw Surgery and Dental Implants in Singapore Blog

Cost of Dental Care in Singapore

Malaymail.com article on Singapore dental careI was preparing a treatment plan for a patient last night when a Whatsapp message from a colleague came in. He forwarded me a post for Malaymail.com entitled “Why Johor Dentists can expect even more Singapore patients than over before”. And another on Channel News Asia Facebook with a headline saying that “9 out of 10 Singaporeans are concerned about cost of dental care”. This is indeed a reversal of the trend 30 years ago when Europeans came to Singapore as dental tourists; they get their dental work done and have a holiday at the same time and pay a fraction of what they would have to pay if they had done the same work in their home country. Thirty years on, as a developed society, has Singapore Dentistry become like that of Europe?

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Missing Teeth and Jaw Deformity in the older patient

Most dental implants patients are usually older adults who have lost some or all dentition over the course of many years. On the other hand, corrective jaw surgery patients tend to be younger, those in their late teens and twenties. However, there is a group of patients who have dentofacial deformities that require orthognathic surgery but somehow did not get around to doing it when they were younger but in their later years, require dental implants to replace their missing or failing dentition. For such patients, orthognathic surgery may be done in conjunction with dental implants to restore not just a functional dentition but an improvement of facial aesthetics as well.

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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone grafting for dental implants

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A dental implant is fast becoming the treatment of choice in replacing a missing tooth. However, the success of an implant is dependent, amongst others, on the availability of adequate alveolar bone to house the implant, something which is not always there. With such demand, the need for augmenting the bone has risen and along with that, the enhancement of the bone grafting. Platelet-rich plasma was one such technique introduced twenty years ago as a method to improve the healing of bone grafts.

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How long does a bone graft take to heal for dental implant surgery?

bigstock-Time-To-Recover-Concept-45350524.jpgDental implant as replacement for missing teeth is currently the preferred choice of most dentists and patients. However, for some patients, the bone in the jaw is insufficient to support an implant and requires bone grafting, a method of augmenting the deficiency with bone either taken from another part of the patient’s body or from an alternative source, such as human cadavers, animals or synthetic. The question of how long to wait after bone grafting before dental implant surgery can be done was a subject of intense debate in Singapore recently after a dentist was charged with placing an implant seven weeks after bone grafting.

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