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Dental Implants at a glance


This is a big topic and the purpose of this article is to provide general information around dental implants and dental implant surgery.

In other articles we will provide more detailed information around dental implant types, dental implant technology and the newest dental implants.

What is a dental implant?


During a dental implant procedure you will have a metal screw inserted into your jaw.  The screw is the dental implant and to the implant is affixed a false tooth which to all intents and purposes functions and acts like your own tooth.

Why a dental implant?


A dental implant replaces old, defective or damaged teeth with something that looks and feels just like your own tooth.  No dentures, no bridges just something that feels entirely natural.

Top that up with strength and longevity and a dental implant can be an ideal solution for many patients.

Is a dental implant right for me?


A dental implant is not a turnkey solution for all dental needs.  How effective and successful it is likely to be can only be determined by you and your dental implant surgeon, following a detailed examination. This may involve x-rays and scans.  Every patient is different and the needs and requirements of each patient are individual.  You can only start properly with a consultation and review.

What happens in the dental implant procedure?
  1. The damaged tooth, where necessary, is extracted.
  2. After a healing period, the gum is incised and the implant is inserted in the bone.  In some instances a bone graft may also be necessary to support the implant.
  3. In most cases you are given a temporary cap while the bone in your jaw affixes to the implant (called Osseo-integration) and after several months, generally, the crown is fitted.
  4. Usually there are no further adjustments needed.

Am I suitable for a dental implant?

Commonly there are three preconditions that determine the success of dental implant treatment:
  1. The bone in your jaw must be dense enough for the implant procedure to take.
  2. You must not have active, uncontrolled periodontal disease ( gum disease.)
  3. You don’t smoke.
Otherwise there is generally nothing to prevent any healthy adult receiving dental implant treatment.

Are there any dental implant problems?


In the great majority of cases there are no problems and once the implant procedure is finalised the patient has a solution for life.

Problems that can occur include gum infection which can be prevented with good dental hygiene regimes, and rarely, a loose or chipped crown. A problem with the crown is usually much more easily fixed on an implant than with alternative treatments such as bridgework, which would need to be redone.

Very infrequently an implant may fail to integrate with the bone. The site can usually be retreated after a period of healing, with good success.

What will my health insurer cover?


The only way to establish this is to talk to your insurer and if necessary compare what your current provider offers and compare that with what is on offer from other reputable providers.  Be aware all providers are different in what they cover and how much cover they provide.

To find out more please call Southside Implant Centre on 9525 7725, Click to enquire on Dental Implant Costs here or view our completed Dental implant galley.

Being fully informed makes you fully empowered to make the right decision.

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Phone: 02 9525 7725

Fax: 02 9526 6311

278 Kingsway,
Caringbah, NSW, Australia, 2229

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Dr Glen Baker and the professional team at Southside Implant Centre can provide you with the confidence of knowing that when your treatment is finished you will walk out of the centre looking and feeling your absolute best.

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