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  1. 01

    About dental implants

  2. 02

    Who can get dental implants

  3. 03

    Dental implant procedure

  4. 04

    Dental implant costs

01  About dental implants

What are dental implants?

A dental implant replaces a damaged or missing tooth. An artificial tooth is attached to a titanium post that’s been inserted through a small incision in the gum. Multiple implants can be inserted to replace multiple teeth, or even an entire smile. This procedure also supports partial or full dentures.

what are dental implants

Why get dental implants?

This is the best way to replace damaged or missing teeth, without harming the rest of your mouth. Patients reclaim their smiles and can eat whatever they want, free of pain. Speech quality improves, confidence is boosted and the substitute teeth look and feel natural. Dental implants also help protect the remaining teeth by sharing the load caused by eating and chewing, rather than putting more force on less teeth. The titanium implant fuses with the bone to create a permanent solution, which saves money in the long-term.

What are dental implants made of?

The “root” of the dental implant is typically made out of titanium metal. Zirconia is less commonly used. Titanium is recommended because it’s the most durable option, has the best biocompatibility and is reasonably priced. The replacement tooth is generally made out of a ceramic material that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

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Here at Mona Vale Dental we use titanium dental implants.

Who can get dental implants?

There are no restrictions, as long as you’re healthy enough to cope with an oral procedure. You also need to have healthy gum tissue and adequate bone structure to support the implant.

Are titanium dental implants safe?

Titanium dental implants are biocompatible and safe. They pose no threat to human tissue, having been used for decades. In rare cases, patients are allergic to titanium. If you have an autoimmune disease or suspect an allergy, please talk to your dentist.

How long do dental implants last?

Titanium implants can last for around 25 years, or a lifetime with proper care.

02  Who can get dental implants?

Who can get dental implants?

There are no restrictions, as long as you’re healthy enough to cope with an oral procedure. You also need to have healthy gum tissue and adequate bone structure to support the implant.

Can I get dental implants if I grind my teeth?

Yes, you can. It’s important to wear a nightguard when you sleep, to protect your implants from grinding (which erodes the protective coating).

Can you get dental implants after dentures?

Yes. Many people actually choose to replace their dentures with dental implants. Our patients tell us that dental implants feel more secure and give them greater freedom with their daily activities, compared to dentures which inconveniently need to be removed and cleaned every day.

Meet Dr Alistair

Dr Alistair Graham is highly experienced in the field of implant dentistry. He’s one of the few dentists in Sydney qualified to deliver both the surgical and restorative phases of the dental implant treatment.

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03   The dental implant procedure:

Do dental implants feel natural?

Yes! Implants are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, so nobody will suspect they are not natural teeth (even you will forget). The titanium post is fused to your bone, which makes it more authentic.

How long is the dental implant process?

There are usually four procedures in the implant treatment, around one to two hours in duration, spread out over a number of months to give your body time to adjust to the changes.

Consultation: We tell you what to expect and take a series of scans using a 3D computer system that guarantees the highest level of accuracy.

  1. dental implants process step 1
    Step 01

    The problematic tooth is extracted (if it’s still attached).

  2. dental implants process step 2
    Step 02

    An implant is inserted, which takes between 3 to 6 months to fuse with your jawbone. You’re given a temporary crown while you wait.

  3. dental implants process step 3
    Step 03

    We uncover the implant and attach a post extension, which acts as a foundation for your new tooth after healing has occurred.

  4. dental implants process step 4
    Step 04

    A natural-looking crown is attached to the implant post.

How long does a dental implant procedure take?

It depends on how many teeth need replacing. A single implant is often inserted within half an hour, but multiple implants could take a few hours.

What are the risks of dental implants?

This is a safe procedure, since titanium dental implants are biocompatible and therefore accepted by the body.

Having said this, there are risks with any oral procedure. Dr Alistair Graham is highly qualified, with extensive experience in this area. He will discuss possible risks during your consultation.

Do dental implants hurt?

The procedure doesn’t hurt, as we administer anaesthesia to numb your mouth. You may experience mild fatigue and pain afterwards, especially around the implant site. This can be managed with pain killers.

After the initial tenderness wears off, you won’t notice any difference between your dental implants and natural teeth.

What to expect after dental implant surgery?

There will be some discomfort after your dental implant procedure. Don’t be alarmed if you notice swelling and bruising in your gums and face, minor bleeding and pain around the implant site. Pain medications or antibiotics can help, but let your dentist know if there’s no improvement after a few days.

 

Why choose us?

We go out of our way to provide the best dental care to our patients. You’ll feel welcome and supported in our state-of-the-art clinic on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, with access to free Netflix, WiFi, phone charging stations and music to help you relax.

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What to eat after dental implant surgery?

It’s important to eat soft food for a few days after your dental implant surgery, as your mouth will feel tender.

Some suggestions:

Foods you can have

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Soup
  • Cheese
  • Dip
  • Eggs
  • Pancakes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rice pudding
  • Yoghurt

Foods you should avoid

  • Spicy dishes
  • Acidic foods or drinks
  • Hard nuts
  • Brittle snacks
  • Chewy foods

Don’t use a straw for at least one week following the surgery, because the suction could lead to complications.

How to care for dental implants?

Floss daily and use a soft-bristle toothbrush with a low-abrasive toothpaste to clean your teeth, in the morning and at night. Make sure you include all areas of the crown.

An interdental brush will help you to clean hard-to-reach areas around the bridges, braces and narrow spaces.

How to care for dental implants

Do dental implants cause bad breath?

Dental implants don’t cause bad breath, unless you neglect your oral hygiene. Patients notice a bad smell when plaque builds up and their implant becomes infected. Regular flossing and brushing will stop this from happening. If you notice that your implant has become loose, your dentist can secure it so bacteria doesn’t grow inside the implant.

04  Dental implant costs

Are dental implants covered by Medicare?

No, dental implants aren’t covered by public medical insurance.

What insurance covers dental implants?

Your private insurer may cover part of the treatment cost, but this is determined by their policies, your level of cover and other factors. Most companies pay some contribution towards the cost of the implants. It’s a good idea to ask your provider what their approach is.

How much do dental implants cost in Australia?

The prices range from $2000 to $7000 per tooth, but there are many factors to take into account. We offer interest-free and flexible payment plans to make it more affordable for those who can’t pay the full costs upfront.

Dental Implant Procedure Cost
Dental Implant Procedure $5000 - $5500
More complex single dental implant $5500 - $6500
'All-on-4' dental implant procedure $20,000 - $30,000

Do you offer a dental implant payment plan?

Yes, you can pay for your treatment gradually with our interest-free, extended and flexible payment plans. This lets you have your procedure straight away, without putting up with discomfort while you save money. Please ask us for more information about your options. We also offer health fund rebates and accept HICAPS, which means you only pay for the gap.

  1. dental implant payment plan step 1

    You will be presented with a treatment plan from your dentist.

  2. dental implant payment plan step 2

    You and your dentist will decide on the details including the deposit, payment plan amount and monthly payments.

  3. dental implant payment plan step 3

    Your dentist will send the completed payment plan form to Denticare. Treatment can begin straight away.

  4. dental implant payment plan step 4

    Denticare establishes the payment plan. Payments will commence to the dental practice.

 

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