Before getting dental implants in Brisbane it is important to have all of your questions answered before hand so you know exactly what to expect. Our dentists at Swish Dental have created a dental implants FAQs resource below which we hope you will find useful.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
They renewing and increasing your ability to chew food and communicate properly. Dental implants can also help restore facial aesthetics and the ‘sunken face’ look which can result from bone loss. Dental implants can help preserve the remaining bone structure of the jaw which may start to recede if left untreated. Dental implants help to reduce the possibility of gum (periodontal) disease and infection. Dental implants can aesthetically enhance the structure and shape of your smile.
Who is suitable for dental implants?
At Swish Dental anyone can be considered as a candidate for dental implants providing they are reasonably health and need a solution for tooth loss. Our implant dentist will need to ensure that you have enough bone in the jaw to support a dental implant. A special scan is required in most cases. Dental implants are also commonly used as a more permanent solution to replace small bridges, removable or partial dentures and single or many missing teeth.
What are dental implants made of?
Dental Implants are made of titanium as it is a very biocompatible. This means that the surrounding, gum, bone, nerves and tissues will from a strong bond with the titanium implant. This ensures that it becomes a long term replacement for the missing tooth structure. Dental implants also use titanium as it is an exceptionally strong and durable material which allows the full functionality and strength of an actual tooth, providing the best support for the crown that sits on it.
What if there is not enough bone to support the implant?
As Dental Implants require a good amount of bone to provide a strong foundation for the implant, if a patient does not have enough bone to support the implant, then bone grafting or bone augmentation procedures can be used to supplement the existing bone and support the dental implant. Rarely, if there is too little bone then implants cannot be placed.
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
We advised patients that having an implant placed is very similar to having a tooth taken out. At Swish Dental we ensure that the entire area is numb before the placement of dental implants to help ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. After the placement of the dental implant some discomfort and pain will be experienced however this is generally managed with painkillers. This pain substantially subsides the next day and is then managed with more mild medication.
How many visit do dental implants need?
The number of visits required for the placement of dental implants varies from cases to case and depends on the patient’s individual circumstances. For simple cases it can often be complete over the course of two visits however for those implant cases which are more complicated this can take a few visits over a couple of months. Upon talking to your experienced dentist you will be provided with a personalised treatment place outlining how long the procedure will take and what will be involved at each stage.
How long do Dental Implants last?
If your dental implant are looked after properly following all advice given then they should last well over 20 years according to the latest studies.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of your dental implant procedure can vary greatly depending on a number of factors including the number of dental implants required, the amount of bone present and your individual circumstances. After a consultation with on of our dentists at Swish Dental you will be provided with a customised treatment plan which will outline all of the costs.
Can I spread the cost of dental implants?
Yes, you can spread the cost over a 2 year period to help reduce your initial outlay. No interest is charged. To learn more about our dental implant payment plans speak to a member of our team.