Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Implant?
An implant is a screw made of Titanium or Zirconia which is placed and fixed inside the jaw bone with a surgical procedure.
Then the prosthesis is placed on top of the implant which looks like a natural tooth.
An implant is useful when the patient has lost functionality in some teeth and can be used to replace a single tooth or all the teeth.
The superstructures can be either removable or fixed.
What is the osseointegration (tooth and implant welding)?
After placing the implant in the jaw, the bone around it grows to stick to the implant's surface. This phenomenon is called "Osseo-integration".
What is an implant for?
Implants are used to insert a crown, bridges, or prosthetic dentures that replace one or more teeth. This action is done to increase your health, for easy chewing, or to improve your apparent beauty.
How long does a dental implant last?
Implants have a great record.
Recent researches are telling us the fact that over 90% of implants last for over 10 years.
In most cases, the long-term success highly depends on the oral hygiene and regular check-up and scaling
Is implant placement painful?
Not at all!
Before surgery, an effective local anesthetic is given so the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort when inserting implants.
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What are the worst potential problems with the implants?
1- Bone loss
Bone recession around the implant sometimes happen. It is particularly important to have regular checkups to identify and fix the problem in the early stages.
To prevent infection, implants should be cleaned regularly and professionally.
Following oral hygiene protocols at home is so important as well
3 -Loss of implant
Rarely, an implant can be lost for various reasons, such as infection or fracture. Usually we can replace it with another surgical procedure.
I have periodontal disease (gum disease). Can I have an implant?
Yes, people with periodontal disease can have implants.
Before the implant, complete gum treatment should be done. At the same time, the periodontal patient should be aware that such patients are more likely to develop problems with implant treatment.
I've lost my teeth from periodontal disease. Do I have the chance to have implants?
Yes, but be aware that periodontal treatments should be done before receiving implants.
Can gum infection damage the implant?
Periodontal infectious diseases around the teeth increase the likelihood of infection in the implants. Therefore, complete treatment of gum disease is necessary before inserting implants.
How do I clean my dental implants?
Typically, cleaning the implants and the teeth are similar.
Using the water flosser machine is highly recommended
How often do I go to the dentist to clean my teeth after the implant?
We provide a regular maintenance program for implants. These visits will usually be at least once a year, but if you have lost your teeth due to gum disease, these visits should be more frequent.
Does smoking affect the success of implant treatment?
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of implant problems, as it also increases the risk of gum diseases around the teeth. Quitting smoking before the implant placement improves the treatment outcome. But at the same time, the implant has had significant successful results among smokers..
Am I the right person for dental implant treatment?
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Healthy people and most of the people with well-controlled systemic diseases are suitable cases for implant treatment.
Will I have pain after implant placement?
Most cases experience no or a very mild pain, and the rest of the patients can usually manage it easily and effectively by painkillers.
Is Implant Surgery Dangerous?
Like any other surgery, implant surgery also has its own risks.
Most of these risks are very temporary and manageable, like bleeding, swelling, pain and discomfort.
There are also very rarely occurring risks which can be more significant and before any specific surgery, the patient should be informed of the associated risks.
When is the time to put a crown on top of the implant?
In some cases, we can put a temporary crown in the same appointment we place the implant. This procedure is called "Immediate loading”.
But typically, implants require about two to four months to become strong in the bone. and in the cases requiring graft surgery, this time needs to be extended
What is an Immediate Implant?
After any tooth extraction, the gum and the bone starts to shrink.
Immediate dental implant placement is a method to minimalize this tissue loss.
In some cases, we can pull out the tooth and place an implant with a temporary crown in the same appointment.
The Immediate Implant is usually recommended for the front teeth
Will I have a temporary tooth during the implant repair period?
Usually during the recovery period, a temporary fixed crown, bridge or a removable prosthesis can be used for a better look and function.
Can missing bone be reconstructed?
A successful implant requires enough strong bone.
If your jaw bone has receded, we can rebuild it with bone graft
A sinus lift surgery was recommended to me. What is sinus lift?
Maxillary sinuses are respiratory spaces above the top molars and premolars.
When the top molars and premolars exist, the sinuses are limited to their natural borders; However when you lose a tooth which is close to sinuses, the sinus spaces expand and dissolve the adjacent bone structures.
On the other hand, losing a tooth results in some bone loss; It means the bone may not be enough for implants, so the sinus lift surgery may be needed to fix this problem.
I have diabetes. Can my body accept an implant?
Although diabetes does not prevent the success of implant, this disease must be controlled before treatment is started.
You may need antibiotics to prevent post-surgical infections.
I have osteoporosis. Can I have an implant?
Yes, osteoporosis is not one of the things that prevents implant surgery.
Several scientific studies have shown that there is little difference in implant survival among the people with osteoporosis compared to the healthy people.
Please inform your dentist about using osteoporosis medications.
I use blood thinners. Can I have an implant?
Most anticoagulant drugs are usually not a problem for simple dental surgeries.
If there is a need for advanced surgeries, you should consult your doctor before the implant placement.
Can I have implant surgery during pregnancy?
No elective surgery is recommended during pregnancy
I am suffering from cardiovascular disease. Can I have an implant?
There are only a few of cardiovascular conditions which restrict the implants.
For example, implant surgery cannot be done in the first six months after a heart attack.
Anyway, it is essential for all heart patients to consult their cardiologist before any surgery.
I am over 90 years old. Can I have an implant?
Yes, there is no obstacle to placing implants in people over 90. You can do this if you do not have a condition that prevents implant treatment
I am less than 18 years old and I have already lost a tooth. Can I have an implant?
A dental implant is suitable at a time when the bones have grown sufficiently.
If the implants are placed sooner, the growth of the bones will make problems.
We will show you the most effective temporary solution before the implant placement can be done.
How much is the cost of an implant and what additional costs are involved?
The price starts from A$ 3,500 per implant for multiple implant cases.
Any additional treatment like graft or sinus lift have a separate cost.
Based on your individual dental condition and the treatment you need, we give you a precise quote which covers every step from the surgical appointment to the final prosthesis.
This quote also covers the following six months post op checkups and there is no hidden costs in our treatments.
The consultation appointment and digital treatment planning are free of charge.
what will happen if we do not replace a missing tooth?
A bad scenario starts to happen!
The teeth behind the missing tooth starts to migrate and tilt forward. This tilt may result in changing in occlusion and chewing pattern.
The tooth in the opposite jaw may find an empty space to grow more and look longer. This over eruption can affect not only the occlusion, but it can also cause premature contacts and change the chewing pattern.
The one who has lost a tooth, prefers to chew only on the opposite side, so this can cause more wear and tear on one side.
And many other problems which can end to losing all the teeth!
How many implants do I need?
The number of implants you need, depends on the number of the teeth you lose, the bone quality and quantity, and the type of superstructure you are going to have.
Does the brand of implant matter?
There are various brands of implants with different qualities in the market, and the implant quality can affect its long-term prognosis and success.
What brands of implant do you normally use?
Normally, we use these two implants: Biohorizons and Biomax
Both products are made in the USA and both are TGA and FDA approved.
Apart from the implant itself, what types of superstructures are available?
There are many companies - mostly in China - which provide the compatible abutments and superstructures for the famous brands of implants.
Fortunately, we always use the abutments and superstructures which have been made with the same company had made the implant.
Moreover, we never post our lab jobs to overseas and all the lab works are made in the certified Australian labs.
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