Dental implants replace missing teeth right down to the root, offering a long-term alternative to dentures or a bridge.

At Swish Dental, we can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or all of your teeth with implants. Our dentists in Everton Park and Mitchelton can carry out a detailed examination of your mouth and take a 3D CBCT scan to accurately assess if dental implants are the best option for you.

Our dentists have been trained in accordance with ADA guidelines and we continually go on courses to stay up-to-date with the latest dental implant techniques. Contact your local Swish Dental clinic to book a consultation for dental implants in Brisbane.

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that is inserted into your jawbone. A crown is then attached to the implant and together this mimics the look and function of your natural teeth, making them a good long-term solution to missing teeth. Dental implants can replace one or multiple missing teeth or even a jaw of missing teeth. Dentures can also be made more secure if they are clipped to dental implants to prevent them moving around.

What are dental implants?

Why replace missing teeth?

  • Smile confidently.
  • Natural appearance.
  • Eat and speak normally. Restore chewing ability to reduce the pressure on the remaining teeth. Losing teeth can impact the way you speak.
  • Prevent bone loss. When a tooth is lost the bone around the area starts to resorb leaving an indentation in your jaw. This can impact the smile and facial appearance. This also causes gum recession around the adjacent teeth which can cause sensitivity and tooth decay.
  • Prevent teeth moving and tilting. Losing a tooth often results in the opposite tooth from moving or tilting into the space. It also causes the adjacent teeth where the tooth was lost to tilt towards the space. If this happens then: a) the tooth roots will become exposed which may cause sensitivity or tooth decay and b) the spaces in between the teeth get bigger resulting in food getting stuck.

Why choose dental implants?

Dental Implants have been used for several decades, with many studies showing very high long-term success rates and strong aesthetic and functional results.

As well as avoiding the cosmetic issue of gaps between your teeth, replacing missing teeth with implants will prevent adjacent teeth from moving into the space and becoming crooked. Implants can also help to support your jaw and prevent bone loss, helping you to avoid the 'sunken face' look.

When is the best time to get dental implants?

Ideally the best time to place an implant is 3 months after a tooth is removed as the bone is good at this stage. The longer it is left the more the bone reduces making it trickier to place implants. Your dentist will check your bone levels thoroughly to assess if you are suitable for dental implants.

Am I suitable for dental implants?

We'll let you know if you're a candidate for dental implants after we complete your oral health assessment and CT scan. Before we can begin the implant treatment, your mouth needs to be healthy and free from problems such as tooth decay or gum disease.

There's no age limit for dental implants, as long as there's enough bone in your jaw to support an implant. If your jaw is too small, we may recommend a bone grafting or bone augmenting procedure. You may not be suitable for bone grafting if you have certain health conditions.

If you're not suitable for dental implants, or you'd prefer another option, we can discuss more ways to replace missing teeth.

Find out more about replacing missing teeth

Why should I consider dental implants?

Dental implants can offer a more stable and permanent alternative to removable dentures and bridges. There are many reasons why dental implants have emerged as a popular restorative treatment in recent years, including:

Improved smile, confidence, comfort and speech

Dental implants can look and feel like your own teeth allowing you to smile, eat and speak with comfort and security and help you feel better about yourself.

    • They are more comfortable, less bulky and more secure than conventional dentures. As time goes by, dentures become ill fitted and loose which creates difficulties in speaking and eating. Dental Implants will remain stable and comfortable year after year.
    • Dental Implants are anchored securely in your jaw, so that you can eat most of your favourite foods without pain or worry.
    • They can improve your self-esteem. Dental Implants can give you the confidence to smile, speak and eat freely by replacing gaps with something secure that feels natural.

    Improved oral health, preserve your healthy teeth, and maintain bone

    • Dental implants can replace one or more of your teeth without the need to compromise the health of your adjacent teeth by cutting them down or using them as anchors for bridges or dentures.
    • It can help prevent shrinkage of your jawbone and may avoid changes in your natural face shape. It can provide more support for your mouth and possibly keep you looking young.

    Reliable, Durable and Convenient

    • Implants are very durable and last many years in most situations. For example, a single tooth crown has a survival rate of 97.4% over 10 years.
    • Implants act in the same way as your natural teeth so there is no need to remove them for cleaning allowing you to go about your regular maintenance routine without any embarrassment and inconvenience.

    What is the dental implant procedure?

    We'll make sure you understand what's involved in the dental implant procedure during your consultation, so you can decide if it's the right choice for you or if you'd prefer a different treatment. Placing an implant involves several appointments.

    On your first appointment, we'll examine your mouth and take x-rays and a CT scan to determine the precise positioning of your implant. If you need a bone grafting or augmentation procedure, this will need to be scheduled separately and your jaw given time to heal before an implant can be placed.

    We'll then give you a local anaesthetic or other sedative to numb pain and help you feel calm while we place the implant in your jaw. This involves making an incision in your gum, which will then be closed with stitches. We'll place a temporary crown or removable denture over the implant screw.

    We'll schedule another appointment after 1 week so we can remove your stitches and check that your jaw and gum are starting to heal. It can take between 6 weeks and several months for the jaw bone to completely heal around the implant, when we can place your custom crown.

    Placing an implant

    What are the risks?

    You may feel some pain or discomfort for a few days after the implant is placed, which may be alleviated using pain medication.

    We'll take every precaution to avoid infection during your implant treatment, but if you notice any unusual symptoms, contact us to make an emergency appointment at your local Swish Dental clinic.

    Who will perform my treatment?

    We understand dental treatment can be daunting, but we believe that when deciding on the placement of Implants it is very important that the patient is happy and confident with their dentist and has a dental team who are friendly, approachable and caring.

    Dr Christine is the Principal dentist at Swish Dental Mitchelton. She obtained her dental surgery degree in 2002 and has since completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry.

    Dr Christine believes in constant improvement and life-long learning and is committed to ongoing professional education in all aspects of dentistry including advanced surgical training and digital dentistry.

    Dr Christine currently looks after patients from Swish Dental Everton Park and Swish Dental Mitchelton, performing Implant Dentistry and Oral Surgery to the highest standards, with hundreds of satisfied patients every year. She prides herself on being a perfectionist and takes great care and attention from the comprehensive planning to the final outcome.

    Dr Christine’s caring and approachable nature together with her advanced skills allows her to help patients achieve their dental goals without going to different practices. Christine provides the full range of dental implant treatments, from simple single tooth replacements to the ‘All-On-4’ Technique enabling patients to have secure teeth in a few days. Dr Christine is a member of the Australian Dental Association and International Team of Implantology and takes pride in mentoring younger dentists.

    Dr Christine looks forward to providing you with the highest level of dental care and would be happy to discuss the advantages of dental implants and how they can benefit you.

    Dr Christine

    Top reasons to trust Christine with your implant treatment

    • Christine has always believed in treating every patient as if they are her family. Patients have often commented that they felt reassured by her honesty.
    • She never compromises on the quality of materials used on her patients. Her Implant supported crowns are made right here in Brisbane and not overseas.
    • Christine uses sterile surgical set up for every patient, making your treatment even safer.
    • Christine performs Dental Implants in a manner that makes maintenance easy for many years to come. If anything needs maintenance, Christine can perform this in the comfort of your regular dental setting.
    • She has an excellent reputation from both our clinics.
    • Christine will oversee your treatment in full alongside your referring dentist to ensure the best possible outcome functionally and aesthetically.

    Why should I get my dental implants in Australia?

    Some people believe that going abroad for dental treatment - especially Dental Implants - can work out cheaper than having it done in Australia. However, here are some reasons we believe this is not the best long-term option for you;

    • A requirement of the Australia Dental Regulator (AHPRA) is that all Dental Professionals must be Registered with them to work in Australia. They set the standards that must be adhered to, so you can rest assured that the treatment you receive here is to the highest standards.
    • If you have had treatment abroad, any aftercare can be complicated and costly. You may need to go see a specialist or even make a return trip overseas. So the true cost in the long run may not be as cheap as you expected.
    • We use exceptional dental materials and laboratories to get the best possible result.

    Are there any additional treatments for dental implants?

    It is natural that after teeth have been removed, the bone that once supported them and the gums over it slowly resorbs away. This means that there is sometimes not enough bone to support dental implants. Luckily, there are multiple additional treatments that can help tackle this problem.

    Bone grafting

    When there is not enough bone present, it may be necessary to create new bone to fill in missing areas allowing dental implants to be fitted. A variety of techniques are available to do this and they are referred to as bone grafting.

    The bone used in these situations can vary depending on how much we need to regenerate and where. The material which would be used for bone grafting is of either bovine origin (Bio-Oss), porcine origin (BioGide) or human origin (Puros).

    Where conditions indicate that bone-grafting is required, it will generally increase the time taken to complete treatment. Under routine circumstances where no bone grafting is required, the dental implants are commonly ready to begin function after three months. If the bone grafting can be undertaken at the same time that the dental implants are placed, treatment is more likely to take six to twelve months.

    Where the dental implant placement must be delayed until after maturation of the bone graft, overall treatment may take twelve to eighteen months.

    Socket preservation

    Sometimes, especially in the area of the top back molar teeth where the sinus reduces the height of the bone, we may decide to maintain the bone height after the extraction. Bone grafting can be done at the time of the extraction to allow the socket to fill with bone without the sinus dropping and without competition from the gum tissue healing into the space.

    Sinus augmentation

    It is very common to find insufficient bone in the area above the top back teeth making it unsuitable for normal dental implant procedures. To solve this problem a procedure known as ‘sinus augmentation’ or ‘sinus lift’ was developed.

    Bone may be successfully grown in the sinus spaces above your top back teeth allowing dental implants to be placed. Bone grafting material or bone from other areas of the mouth may be placed into these empty areas. Bone graft material added to the sinus must be left around 6 months or longer to mature before dental implants are placed. Over a period of time this is replaced by new bone, providing a bed which dental implants can be fixed into.

    All bone grafting is unique to each individual and this information is a guide only.

    Gum grafting

    Some people with very thin gums or loss of gum height may need a small piece of gum from the roof of the mouth to be transferred to the implant site to give the best natural appearance for the implant.

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    Dental implants FAQs

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    1. Implant retained dentures with a clip-in mechanism attached to the implants, which secures the dentures in place.

    Implant retained dentures

    PROS

    • Cost effective
    • High success rates
    • Good for cleaning
    • Much more secure than conventional full dentures.

    CONS

    • You have to remove it to clean and sleep
    • The denture on top of the implants will be the same size as a conventional denture which can be bulky.
    • Housing in the denture that clips onto the implant will require maintenance on average every 12-18 months, which incurs additional fees that is relatively inexpensive. Dentures may also require relining every couple of years which incurs additional fees.
    • The movement of the denture that is clipped onto 2 implants will be significantly reduced but there may still be a slight amount of movement.

    2. All-on-4 Implants - “Teeth in a few days” - which are custom made, fixed bridges, held in place by 4 Dental Implants. You don’t remove these teeth - you just clean around and under them. This is the closest thing to having your own teeth again.

    All-on-4 Implants

    PROS

    • You get your teeth soon after the implant surgery so you are not without teeth for more than a week.
    • The teeth are screwed in and not removable and feels more like your own teeth when compared to conventional dentures or implant supported dentures.

    CONS

    • Cost is higher than the other options.
    • It is more difficult for you to clean around and under the fixed bridge.
    • A regular hygiene regime for the bridge will be required every 18-24 months where the bridge is removed for a more thorough clean around the implants.
    • Partial acrylic dentures supported by your remaining teeth
    • Bridges supported by your remaining teeth
    • Crowns and bridges supported by Dental Implants

    Implant retained bridge.

    Implant retained bridge.

    PROS

    • The bridge is screwed in and not removable, just like real teeth. It is secure and stable with no movement.
    • Excellent Success rates in patients who have good oral hygiene

    CONS

    • Will require thorough home hygiene routine that includes cleaning with special floss under the bridge.

    Generally, having Dental Implants inserted without bone or gum grafting involves minimal pain (Similar or less than a tooth extraction). Local anaesthetic is used in the desired location and, although you may feel pressure at times, you should not feel any pain throughout the procedure. If you are anxious, you may request for oral sedation to make the procedure more comfortable.

    The after-effects of having Dental Implants placed are usually mild and may include slight bruising, a dull ache and some swelling. The amount of which will vary dependent upon the number of dental implants placed and the difficulty of the procedure and whether or not grafting is needed.

    When choosing a date for your placement, avoid big social events and significant work commitments for a few days after - just to be on the safe side. Taking time off work may not be necessary.

    Initial Consultation

    At this appointment, your dental and medical health history and initial x-ray will be carefully evaluated to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. All other treatment options for your missing teeth will also be discussed.

    If you are suitable for implant treatment, then we will need the necessary records such as scans of your teeth and photos. You will also be given a referral to get a 3D scan of your jaw to be done at an independent radiology centre.

    Consultation to Discuss Treatment Plan

    Once all the records are analysed, you will have a thorough consult discussing the surgical and prosthetic procedure before treatment begins.

    Implant Placement

    At this appointment, the dental implant will be surgically placed into your jaw under local anaesthesia. Over the next 3-6 months bone will heal to the surface of the implant, anchoring it into position. During the first month of this time, you have to be careful not to eat or put pressure in that area. In some cases, another minor surgery procedure is required after healing to expose the dental implant from under the gum. During this 3-6 month period, you may choose to leave the gap without a tooth, or have a partial denture fitted.

    10 Day Review

    10 days after the surgery, we will check on the healing of the implant and remove any stitches.

    Second Stage Surgery (Only In Some People)

    In the people where the implant was covered over by gum completely at the surgery appointment, 3 to 6 months later, the implant will be exposed and a small metal healing “cap” (not like a full tooth) is placed onto the implant. If you have a temporary partial denture to replace the missing teeth, you can still wear this at this stage.

    Scan For Implant Retained Crown

    6 weeks later after the second stage surgery, we take scans of the exact position of the implant and the crown is made to fit.

    Fitting Of Implant Retained Crown

    4 weeks after the scan, the crown will be fitted to the implant.

    Initial Consultation

    At this appointment, your dental and medical health history and initial X-Ray will be carefully evaluated to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. All other treatment options for your missing teeth will also be discussed.

    If you are suitable for implant treatment, then we will need the necessary records such as scans of your teeth and photos. You will also be given a referral to get a 3D scan of your jaw to be done at an independent radiology centre. We will discuss whether or not this fixed implant bridge is suitable for your mouth and the different types of bridges that are available or whether implant supported dentures are more suitable.

    Consultation to Discuss Treatment Plan

    Once all the records are analysed, you will have a thorough consult discussing the surgical and prosthetic procedure before treatment begins.

    Getting The Implant Bridge Ready For The Implant Placement Appointment

    There will be several appointments to get the implant bridge ready for your surgery appointment

    Implant Placement

    If you have remaining teeth in the same arch, these are removed at this appointment. The Dental Implants will be placed and the dental laboratory will make your new teeth to be fitted a few days later. We allow the implants to heal and settle for at least 3 months. This temporary bridge will be screwed onto the implants.

    Permanent Bridge Made

    We allow all your gums and bone to heal fully, as some shrinkage will occur. We will then take a final impression for the fixed implant bridge. At this stage, the new teeth can be tried and any extra individual requirements finalised. This will take several appointments.

    After the Dental Implants are placed, they are left to settle in place for three to six months. The final fitting of crowns or bridges or the attaching of dentures to the dental implants takes two or three appointments. The time from start to finish will depend on your individual situation and treatment plan but on average can take around 4-7 months from start to finish. We cannot rush treatment as even in well planned and executed cases, implants can fail as a result of moving too quickly from stage to stage.

    Denture wearers may require their dentures to be modified to prevent them resting on newly placed dental implants. During settling-in stages, metal framework dentures may need to be replaced with a plastic set as they are more easily adjustable. The fitting surface can then be altered when the dental implants are placed.

    Don’t worry - we will never let you leave the surgery with front teeth missing! Even after the Implants are placed and are healing, you will always have a denture or temporary bridges in place to cover up the gaps.

    Below are some known causes of implant failure:

    • Poor oral hygiene and cleaning of the area that leads to poor gum health.
    • Excessive pressure on the healing implants. Heavy chewing on the area or dentures rubbing against the region can cause this.
    • Smoking.
    • Diabetes, which can affect healing.

    Unlike teeth, dental implants cannot get tooth decay. However, they can suffer from gum complications. Teeth with untreated gum disease or inflammation can become loose and be lost, and this also applies to your dental implants. To ensure that any risk of this are detected early, regular maintenance check-ups are advisable. Complications are more easily treated if detected early. Check–ups are recommended six monthly.

    Excellent cleaning twice a day with floss is essential to remove bacteria around the implant to prevent any problems.

    In some cases, the porcelain crown attached to dental implants may break, as they can when attached to natural teeth. However, removal of crowns from Dental Implants for repair is usually easier than from natural teeth. Dental implant crowns or bridges that become loose should be re-tightened immediately to reduce the likelihood of further unnecessary damage.

    Should you notice any areas of soreness, discharge or pain on chewing near any dental implant or tooth you must immediately report this to the dentist responsible for your maintenance.

    How much do dental implants cost?

    The cost of implant treatment depends on the number of implants you choose and how complex the procedure is. We can give you a quote for dental implants after we've assessed your mouth and analysed all your records (photos, model and CBCT scan).

    We'll also discuss health insurance and payment plans to help you manage the cost of your treatment.

    Placing an implant screw

    Diagnostic Consultation Cost $215

    Procedure Item No   Cost From
    Examination 011 $65
    X-rays intra-oral (2) 022 $48
    X-ray OPG 037 $0
    Diagnostic models 071 $63
    Photographs 072 $39
    Cone Beam CBCT (referred if needed)    
    Total   $215

    Single Tooth Implant Cost

    Single Dental Implant

    Procedure Item No Cost From
    Surgical implant guide 679 $370
    One stage insertion of implant 688 $2,230
    Implant crown 672 $1,579
    Implant Abutment 661 $689
         
    Credit for Preliminary Assessment   -$215
    Total   $4,653

    Multiple Tooth Implants Cost

    Multiple Tooth Implants - 3 teeth

    Procedure Item No Cost From
    Surgical implant guide 679 $370
    One stage insertion of implant 688 x2 $4,460
    Implant abutments 661 x2 $1,378
    Bridge pontic 643 x1 $1,295
    Implant crown 673 x2 $2,998
    Credit for Preliminary Assessment   -$215
    Total   $10,286

    4 teeth - add $1,299 for second bridge pontic

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    Full arch, upper

    All teeth on 6 implants - from $23,000 ($295 extra per tooth that need extracting)

    4 Implants – locator abutments and implant retained denture - from $15,000

    Full arch, lower

    All teeth on 4 implants - from $17,500 ($295 extra per tooth that need extracting)

    2 Implants – locator abutments and implant retained denture- from $9,500

    Additional treatments

    Bone Grafting- from $450 per tooth

    Gum Grafting - from $700 per tooth

    Sinus Augmentation- from $700 per tooth

    Tooth Implants Cost - What you should know

    Before investing thousands of dollars in getting dental implants in Brisbane, most patients want to know that they are getting the best value for money. A lot of patients get trapped into advertisements for cheap dental implants. We hope you find the guide below useful.

    Dental implants cost around $4,500 - $7,500 per tooth implant start to finish. At Swish Dental we keep your costs towards the lower end whilst using the highest quality materials. At your dental consultation the implant dentist will advise you on the total dental implant procedure cost start to finish.

    Generally as a rule of thumb, 1 tooth implant can be used to restore 1-2 teeth, 2 implants can replace 4 teeth, and 4 implants can replace a whole arch (i.e. all your upper or lower teeth)

    Tooth Implants are very expensive from reputable dental manufacturers. There has been a surge in cheap tooth implants abroad and in Australia. At Swish Dental we stick to the reputable brands to ensure patients get the highest quality dental treatment. We recommend not compromising on quality especially when you investing thousands into your smile.

    Interest Free Payment Plans are available for patients

    Swish Dental is a Preferred Provider for all the big health funds allowing our patients to get the highest rebates. If you have health insurance ask the dentist to spread the stages of implant treatment out if possible so you can claim major dental rebates over two calendar/financial years depending on your health fund.
    Most top covers provide around $1,000-$1,200 for Major dental over the calendar/financial years.

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    What is the next stage to get my dental implants?

    Talk to our dentists in Everton Park or Mitchelton to find out if you could benefit from dental implants.

    Call our Everton Park clinic on (07) 3355 1422.

    Call our Mitchelton clinic on (07) 3354 3341.

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    Please ask our team to email you an OPG x-ray referral from Dr Christine

    If you have not received the referral within 24 hours please call us. This x-ray is bulk billed at Q-scan and needs to be taken prior to your consultation.

    What to expect at your Dental Implant Consultation

    Your dental and medical health history will be comprehensively evaluated to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.

    If you are, then we will take records of your teeth such as scans and photos. These are very important in planning your treatment.

    You will also be given a referral to get a 3D scan of your jaw to be done at an independent radiology centre. This is much more comprehensive than the OPG x-ray you would have had taken for this initial consultation.

    You will also have a thorough consultation discussing the treatment stages.

    The fee for your dental consultation will be $240. If you are with a health fund, they should cover some of this for you. Item numbers used are 014, 071 x2, 072, 073.

    If the Dentist advises you that the implant will not be suitable then the consultation fee will be capped at $100.

    If you have osteoporosis or are on Prolia/ Denosumab/ Bisphosphonates/Zolendronate/Aclasta then unfortunately Dental Implants we will need to refer you to a specialist for the first stage of the implant procedure.

     
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