Some of the most Frequently Asked Question we get.
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- How much will my procedure cost?
- The cost of each procedure will be dependent on the exact nature of the procedure(s) performed. There is a cost guide contained at costs which provides indicative costings. A full estimate of costs will be provided to patients after a full examination and consultation process and before any procedures are commenced.
- Can I claim on my medical insurance?
- Yes, depending on your level of cover. As implant treatment is elective, we find that medical insurance company rebates are limited and depend upon individual ‘annual limits’.
Please bring your membership card with you as we have the HICAPS system which allows you to electronically claim your rebate online without having to visit your health fund office.
For the first visit, any gap between our account and the anticipated medical insurance company benefits must be settled at the end of the appointment. For future implant treatments we have a variety of financial arrangements which will be discussed with you before treatment commences.
- Do you accept credit cards?
- We accept all major credit cards, cash, cheques or EFTPOS.
- What happens at the first consultation?
- At your first appointment (also known as an initial consultation), you will be asked to complete a medical history form where you need to provide the details of any medications that you are currently taking and any major illnesses or operations that you have had in the past.
The appointment will take approximately one hour and is an information gathering session to find out your needs and examine your mouth thoroughly.
To allow us to provide the best possible treatment for your specific problem we will ask you in-depth questions about your problem. We will then examine your mouth, take x-rays, count around your teeth, and assess any missing teeth.
After careful assessment of the information, an appropriate plan and its treatment cost will be developed. We will then get you back to discuss our recommendations and answer any questions. The fee for the initial consultation will be dependent upon what x-rays and records are taken. The follow up consultation, if required, has no extra fee.
- How long will the procedure take?
- A range of techniques and procedures are available and time varies according to the procedure undertaken. Usually implant treatment requires a number of appointments over a period of several months. In some cases implant work can be undertaken and completed in a much shorter period. You will be advised of an accurate expectation prior to the commencement of any procedure.
- What is the success rate for implant procedures?
- Depending on the exact procedure performed the success rate is generally between 90% and 98%.
- Is there any upper age limit for implants?
- No provided that your general medical, physical and oral health is satisfactory.
- Is there a lower age limit for implants?
- Yes, it is important that jaw growth has stopped before implants are placed. In most cases this precludes treatment until around 20 years of age.
- Is the treatment painful?
- Generally patients experience little pain.
- What is the likely longevity of an implant?
- As with all other aspects of your oral health good dental hygiene and regular check-ups are important. Dental implants are a long term solution and should last you many years, perhaps a lifetime.
- What is “teeth in a day”?
- In certain circumstances full arch implant treatment can be completed very quickly. This is commonly called the “teeth in a day” concept. It requires a lot of pre-treatment planning and preparation before the surgery is performed. The provisional teeth can then be given at the same day as implant surgery or within the next few days. The final set of teeth is often made a few months later when we are sure that the implants have joined to the bone and the gums have healed fully.
- What is peri-implantitis?
- Peri-implantitis is infection of the bone and gum around the implant that may cause the implant to be lost. Peri-implantitis is best prevented by good home care and regular visits to your dentist.
- What about ongoing care and maintenance?
- Your implants need to be cared for and maintained in the same manner as natural teeth.