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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a brilliant replacement for missing teeth. Missing teeth are usually treated with dental implants, dentures or bridges. Dental implants are generally the better option when it comes to the replacement of missing teeth but every case needs to be assessed based on its own merits and treatment plans need to be formulated as a dynamic and informed process. Patients should ask questions and know the advantages and disadvantages of treatments based on their own circumstances.

Dental implants are titanium screws in the shape of the tooth root that are placed in the jawbone surgically. After a period of implant integration or joining to the bone, the crown of the tooth can be fabricated from a mould and be placed on top of the screw. The resulting "tooth" will act, look and feel very similar to a natural tooth. Modern dental implants have surfaces that encourage bone to grow around them and hence make the procedure faster and more predictable. Smoking, tooth grinding and poor oral hygiene are unfavourable factors when it comes to implants as they delay healing and cause infections.

Dental implant cost may seem to be a prohibiting factor in deciding how to replace missing teeth but  in the long run  they may be a more economical choice than dentures or bridges. Dental implant cost can be very similar to a bridge in many instances but the difference is that a bridge may require the cutting of teeth on either side of the gap whereas a dental implant is independent of those teeth and stands alone

At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry, we work with a team of highly skilled surgeons for placement of the implants. The aesthetic outcome of the treatment is highly dependent on the amount of bone and gum that is left and its shape and contour. Therefore choosing a surgeon familiar with aesthetic concepts of dentistry is of paramount importance.

We are always happy to advise you on questions that you may have. If you do have any questions about dental implants, dental implant cost or any other procedure send us an email or give us a call on (08) 8213 1821.

What can Dental Implants fix?

Dental implants can be an ideal solution to missing teeth. Teeth can be lost due to being infected, heavily broken down or decayed, trauma or they can be missing due to genetic reasons.

Implants can be an alternative to bridges, root canal treatment and dentures but as mentioned before each case is uniquely different and needs to be assessed accordingly

Dental Implants – What is involved?

Like any other dental treatment, it is important for you to know your options well. If a tooth is painful, loose or broken, it may be better for it to be replaced by an implant instead of persevering with other treatments.

Records are taken to figure out the amount of bone present in the jaw, the space available for the implant and how the bite comes together. The surgeon then plans the surgery, according to those initial findings. The implant is placed in the jaw bone and left there for integration over time. The length of the healing period depends on the quality and amount of bone and the location of the implant.

During this healing period, you may need a temporary tooth. If the implant is not in an aesthetic zone, that is if it is not visible, then it can be left alone without a temporary tooth so the tissues can heal nicely. 

Once the healing period is over a permanent porcelain tooth can be put on top of the implant. An impression of the implant is taken, and a porcelain tooth is made. The fabricated tooth is tried in, and once the result is approved by both the dentist and you, it is placed permanently

So how does the procedure work? It’s simple

  • 1

    Before:

    Locations of missing teeth are carefully assessed, records are taken and treatment plan is discussed with you.

  • 2

    Implant Placement:

    Implants are placed where the teeth are missing and left in place for the bone to heal around them.

  • 3

    Implant Assessment:

    After a period of healing, the implants are tested to make sure they are solid and healthy before a tooth is attached to them.

  • 4

    Fabrication:

    A tooth is fabricated to attach to the implant after moulds are taken. This tooth is carefully crafted to fit the implant and the surrounding teeth precisely.

  • 5

    Final Result:

    Teeth are tried in and then attached to the implant if everything is ok. Regular monitoring of the implants by the dentist should happen every 6 months.

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Compare your treatment plans

Why not book an obligation-free consult with Dr Amrein to get a second opinion?

You can come in for a chat and we can discuss the types and quality of materials that we would use, our preferred treatment planning approach and discuss any questions that you might have.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is an implant permanent?

A: Implant dentistry is regarded as one of the best options for replacement of missing teeth and results are expected to last for decades. However like any other dental treatments failures can occur. Implants can get infected or bone can be lost around the titanium surface. Implant crown components can break under heavy load as well. These problems are rare, but  risks still exist. As always frequent check-ups and home care is of utmost importance.

Q: Will it hurt?

A: Placement of implant is done under anesthetic. Like any other surgery, discomfort can occur for a short period of time post operatively. Usual painkillers may be needed for the initial healing period.

Q: Do I need to go under general anesthetic for the surgical part?

A: An Intravenous sedation for nervous patients may be sufficient, however some surgeons prefer to place implants in the mouth under general anesthetic. In many instances, implant surgery is done in the chair and under local anesthesia only. Each case needs to be assessed individually.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Implant cost varies depending on the type of implant, its location and whether a graft needs to be done. Each case needs to be quoted accordingly.

Q: Is it better to go overseas and get it done there for a much cheaper price?

A: Though some companies advocate this, you have to bear in mind that Australia has one of the highest standards of dentistry anywhere in the world. If an implant fails due to fracture or infection, fixing it will cost a lot more and will be a far more traumatic.

Q: how long does the procedure take?

A: In most cases once the surgery is complete a period of healing needs to pass before a crown is placed. This is usually a minimum of 6 weeks.

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Finance And Concessions

Veterans Affairs: At Adelaide Family Dentistry we see people holding Veterans Affair health cards. Members with White Cards will need to receive prior approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs before commencing treatment. If however you hold a Gold Card, treatment can begin immediately. Please let us know when you make an appointment that you hold a Veterans Affairs Health Card.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule – Medicare: At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry we accept Medicare’s – Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Patients usually receive a letter in the mail notifying them of eligibility. The plan is valid for treatment over two consecutive calendar years stated in the letter. It is simple to use your voucher – call us for an appointment and let us know you have received the letter. Bring the letter and your Medicare card with you to your appointment. Patients who are eligible for Medicare's Child Benefit Dental Schedule are bulk billed at Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry which means there is no out of pocket expenses to you.

Finance: At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry we provide patients with a 6-month interest-free payment plan with GEM VISA. Before commencing it is important we find out how much GEM VISA will cover of your proposed treatment. This is done by filling in some paperwork and then submitting it to GEM VISA online. A response is almost immediate.If you are eligible to use the interest-free period we can begin treatment. Once the treatment is complete you will receive letters monthly from GEM VISA for payment of your treatment. Please ensure you pay your total bill within the 6-month interest-free period, as the interest rates can be quite high.

 

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