Frequently Asked Questions for Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth or keep a denture securely in place. Implants are integrated into the bone to provide stable support for crowns and dentures.
How do I know an implant is right for me?
Typically dental implants can be placed in most adults.
Booking a consultation is the first step in determining what treatment option would suit you best. Dr. Nick Song specialises in Biohorizon titanium implants and a consultation to assess and explain the process is a great place to start.
Is implant placement painful?
No, dental implants are placed under local anesthesia.
During the healing period there may be some discomfort. Over the counter painkillers will help or you may have some prescribed to you.
If a patient is wanting to be sedated during placement this can be organised and will require the patient to be accompanied home post-treatment.
How soon may I return to work after treatment?
You may return to work the next day if necessary but hard labour is discouraged for several days.
You may be prescribed medication to alleviate any minor discomfort you may have which may require you to take a day or two out of work and prevent driving.
How long does it take to place dental implants?
The length of time changes depending on the location and the number of implants placed. This can be discussed further at a consultation. There are two main appointments in the course of dental implant placement; the first to place the implant and the second to place the permanent crown/bridge/denture.
What if there is not enough bone in the implant site?
A graft may be needed if it is determined that there is not sufficient bone or gum tissue.
When will I receive my new teeth?
Treatment time varies by patient. Typically, you will have some type of temporary teeth until your implants integrate with the bone.
Your clinician can provide a time estimate based on your treatment needs. Healing periods can range from three months to nine.
How do I care for my implants?
Home care for your implants is exactly the same as your natural teeth consisting of brushing and flossing daily.
Regular dental examinations and dental hygienist visits are required for long-term health and success.
How long can implants last?
Implants can last many years if cared for properly. Consistent care and dental hygiene is essential to retaining a dental implant.
How does the long-term value of implants compare to other treatment options?
Dental implants provide stability and confidence in your smile. As they are placed in the bone the surrounding tissues are stimulated in a natural way that produces a strong, healthy jaw. Traditional bridges and dentures don't encourage bone growth preventing the patient from having the healthy, strong bone they need for long term tooth retention. Therefore, the long-term value of dental implants far exceeds conventional treatment options such as partial dentures.
Are dental implants covered by insurance or ACC?
Insurance policies often vary but your individual policy may cover a portion of the restorative procedure.
ACC does on occasion partially cover the cost of a dental implant being placed at the site of a previous accident. In order to apply to ACC the patient must be able to prove to ACC that they have had regular dental treatment observation for at least the past five years.
What payment plans does Central Dental Surgery offer?
Through GE Money we offer 12 months interest free financing. If you don't have a GE Money account we can set you up with one in surgery. If you would rather pay with out financing we may be able to organise a personal payment plan that suits both you and your dentist.
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