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Jaw Surgery and Dental Implants in Singapore Blog

Implant Dentistry; General Dentist or Specialist?

bigstock-Woman-Dentist-Giving-Her-Patie-69458989-2There has been much debate in recent weeks within the dental profession about the competency of dentists to do certain procedures. The issue has attracted a lively debate amongst various dental organizations. The Ministry of Health and the Singapore Dental Council has begun seeking feedback on “Better competency development for safe and quality dental care for patients”. Two of the oft-cited procedures that were considered to be of higher risk and may need additional training and certification are implant dentistry and wisdom tooth surgery. While this debate is on-going who should patients requiring such service go to? We will address the issue of implant dentistry first.

 

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Dental Implant Complications in Singapore

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As dental implants becomes increasingly popular as teeth replacement, more and more people are having dental implants in their jaws. Today, it is has become a mainstream treatment in many clinics. Along with it widespread adoption, the incidence of complications arising from dental implants is also rising. Countries that have an earlier adoption of dental implants on a widespread scale are beginning to see many complications surfacing. This trend is also beginning to appear in Singapore.

 

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How to remove an integrated dental implant

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A few months ago, a patient from India flew in for a consultation about his implants which was placed a year ago. He had had two dental implants done to replace his two front teeth which were fractured due to a fall. The dentist who treated him at that time had extracted the remnants of the two teeth and placed the implants immediately to support a temporary prosthesis. Over the course of the year, the bone and gums had receded upwards, exposing part of the implants. This posed a real aesthetic problem as he had a high smile line that showed the exposed implant. He requested for the implants to be removed and new implants placed to support the prosthesis. This is one of the most difficult problems to solve in implant dentistry.

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