WHAT TO EXPECT
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a long-lasting treatment option for the restoration of missing teeth. An implant can be prepared in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on your bone structure, teeth alignment, and needs.
The implant is surgically mounted into the jawbone using a titanium component. This component mimics a natural tooth root, and encourages your bone to naturally attach itself to the implant. Known as osseointegration, this connection strengthens and supports the implant in the jaw. Once the implant is healed, we place a crown over the implant, designed specifically to imitate the natural tooth. The result is a long-lasting, natural-looking addition to your smile.
Dental implants are highly specialised and extensive procedures, specific to the individual. Treatment will vary greatly between people, depending on the complexity of your individual case.
The best indication of the process involved will be outlined during your consultation and examination appointment with our dentist. One of our highly skilled dentists will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and smile. During your consultation, we’ll run through your objectives, desired outcomes, and any concerns you may have. Your comfort is our greatest priority, and we’re happy to answer any questions about the implant process.
The cost of a dental implant can vary significantly between individual cases, and will depend on the extent of your treatment and complexity of your case. Your consultation will give you the best understanding of the treatment involved and associated costs but as a guide Dental Implants range from $5,000 – $6,500.
Is the metal in the implant safe?
Yes, the titanium used in a dental implant is completely safe. The titanium metal is the same material used in bone surgery, and won’t harm your mouth or jaw.
Do I have to take time off work after implant surgery?
Every person heals differently after dental implant surgery. Some patients can return to work and regular activities the day after the implant procedure. Depending on your personal threshold and discomfort, and the extent of your surgery, you may need a little more time.
We will thoroughly discuss healing and recovery after implant surgery in your initial consultation. You’re welcome to ask any questions.
Are dental implants suitable for me?
Dental implants are suitable for most people with missing teeth. The way your body reacts to the implant will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Your existing bone tissue and its health
- Any existing periodontal disease
- Whether you are a smoker or not
- The health of existing gums and teeth
- Your oral hygiene
We conduct a comprehensive oral examination and history during your consultation. Any concerns about the suitability of an implant to your mouth will be discussed during this appointment.