What is a dental implant?
A Dental Implant is a stand-alone titanium post that is secured into the jawbone. With a replacement tooth (crown) attached, they closely mimic the look and function of real teeth and make an attractive alternative to dentures and bridges.
Dental implants can replace one or several missing teeth. As they function in the same way as your natural tooth, no separate care routine or special cleaning products are required.
In most cases, the procedure involves a number of steps:
Planning – each implant case needs to be thoroughly planned before surgery can go ahead. This involves a consultation appointment, in which we do a thorough examination, take some moulds of your teeth and refer you for some detailed x-rays.
Insertion of the implant- the site of the missing tooth is prepared and the implant is inserted under Local Anaesthetic.
Healing- a healing time of approx. 3 months is usually required to allow for the implant to integrate with the bone.
Crown fabrication- a mould of your implant and teeth is taken and sent to the laboratory for construction of your crown. This is then inserted at the final visit.
What to expect post operatively:
Every patient responds to surgery differently, but in most cases patients are pleasantly surprised that they are able to continue with their regular daily tasks the following day. Some swelling and bruising may occur and can be reduced by applying ice regularly after surgery.
Dental implants are generally very successful and have good long-term results with proper oral care.
From planning phase through to completion of your dental implant, it will cost between $4000 and $5000 depending on complexity. Some health funds may contribute to this and we are more than happy to provide a quotation with itemised codes and costs to allow you to assess your rebate.
We also offer a payment plan through Denticare payment solutions. This allows you to pay for your dental implant over a period of 12 or 24 months with a 20% deposit and $39 start-up fee.