Dental Implants

The gold-standard in tooth replacement, dental implants help give you a smile that can stay with you for life.

The Implant Process

If you have just a single missing tooth, a dental implant with a permanent porcelain crown is the way to go. While it can take several appointments to complete, the result is a beaming smile that can stay with you for life.

At the start of your treatment, you will be assessed by your dentist so that a clear treatment plan can be discussed and put in place. Exactly how your dental implant treatment plan unfolds depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone.

Next, we take an impression of your teeth and refer you for a CBCT scan. This scan will allow us to clearly see your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and the supporting bone, all in a single scan (we think that’s cool!).

This is followed up with the dental implant placement appointment. If bone grafting is required, it’ll be done at the same time. In this appointment, we will replace your missing tooth root with the dental implant. The implant is a sturdy titanium post that looks very similar to a screw. By the end of this appointment, you will have completed the first stage of the treatment.

Stage two begins a few months later once the implant has fused with your jaw bone. We start by taking an impression so we can ensure the closest fit for your permanent crown.

When your permanent crown is ready, we’re ready! An appointment is schedule for the final placement where we fix the crown to the dental implant. Your crown will be a natural-looking match that functions just like your natural teeth.

Once set you’re good to go with a brilliant smile and a set of teeth ready to get back to eating, breathing, laughing and smiling with confidence.

How long does it take

Dental implants do require several appointments that can range from 30 to 180 minutes. The entire process might take up to seven months, but the result is well worth the time taken.

The list below will give you a better idea of what a typical schedule might look like.

Stage One

1st Visit Consultation and treatment plan
30 minutes

2nd Visit- Impression
Surgical guide and CBCT scan referral – 30 minutes.

3rd Visit
Option 1 – Extraction of tooth and stage 1 implant placement – 120-180 minutes.
Option 2 – Extraction and bone grafting (if required) – 90 minutes.

Stage Two

4th Visit Stage 2
(3-6 months after stage 1 to allow integration of the implant) – 60 minutes.

5th Visit
Review to check the healing progress after stage 2. 30 minutes.

6th Visit
Impression for permanent crown – 40 minutes.

7th Visit
Insertion of permanent crown

The FAQ’s on Implants

What are Dental Implants?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

Imagine having natural looking, strong, long lasting teeth. That’s what you get with dental implants. Because implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, if cared for correctly, they can last a lifetime. For this reason, they are quickly changing the world of dentistry, replacing dentures, bridges and other missing teeth solutions.

How do Dental Implants Work?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

Think of a dental implant as an artificial tooth root, made of titanium. Once it has been positioned into the jaw bone, it’s not coming out! In fact, it fuses with the bone structure. It’s super strong, so provides a secure post on which we can then mount a beautiful natural looking artificial tooth.

What are the benefits of Dental Implants? Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

Because dental implants can be placed without having to secure them to adjacent teeth (like you do with a bridge), they are the gold standard solution for tooth replacement. So, if teeth around an implant start to deteriorate, they won’t necessarily affect the implant at all because your implant doesn’t rely on the them for support. Add to this that your implant helps prevent bone loss in the area where they’ve been secured, and you enjoy much better function and aesthetics.

How much do Dental Implants cost? Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

Well, we are talking about the gold standard here. So yes, implants are one of the dearer solutions for tooth replacement. But they are also the only permanent solution.

There are also other factors to consider when looking at cost. Will additional treatment be required, like bone grafts and/or sinus lifts, and then of course, the benefits you get from your health fund. But there is one other upside to it all, besides a perfect smile of course, and that is, time. Because most implant treatments are spread out over 6 to 12 months, you have the benefit of spreading out the cost out over the duration of the treatment.

We always provide a clear treatment plan for implant therapy and often we can obtain an estimated rebate from your health fund via HiCaps, so you will know your out of pocket expense up front.

You can also ask our team about other payment options such as Zip Pay. With Zip Pay, you can enjoy interest-free finance for all your dental needs. Zip Pay puts you in control of how you pay. Pay weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Whatever brings out your smile quicker.

Is getting dental implants painful?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

A local anaesthetic is administered before starting your treatment, so there is really very little discomfort through the procedure. We aim to keep it that way!

Once your anaesthetic has worn off, you can expect to have a degree of discomfort, but this can be easily managed with over the counter analgesics like Panadol and Nurofen.