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What is a Dental Implant?

Dental ImplantsA dental implant is a metal fixture made of medically pure titanium, which is placed into the jaw bone to replace a single missing tooth or many teeth.  Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth providing a great alternative for tooth replacement. They enjoy a high success rate and are chosen by countless number of patients who are looking for a good alternative to dentures, crowns and bridges.

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Does the Dental Implant procedure hurt?

Am I a suitable candidate for Dental Implants?

Generally dental Implants are suitable for most people as long as you have a healthy mouth. At dental excellence we will assess the state of your health, teeth, bone and gums to make sure you are suitable for this treatment.

How much do Dental Implants cost?

The cost of dental implants will vary for each individual. The reason for this is that each dental implant case is patient specific. Some cases are simple where only one implant is required; other cases are more complex requiring multiple dental implants with bone grafting (were bone has to be built up to support the implant).  An approximate cost for a straight forward single tooth implant case would be $5500.

Due to the large number of factors influencing the cost of dental implants we recommend you call us at dental excellence to book a consultation so we can assess your case and design the best possible treatment for you.

Are Dental Implants safe and how long will they last?

Yes absolutely! Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. It's probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your implants - and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments - will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years.Dental Implant - Cross Section

What is the procedure?

The procedure commonly involves two stages.  Firstly, a titanium screw (dental implant) is placed into your jaw bone. It is left in place for two – three months to integrate with the surrounding bone, forming a very solid foundation. The second stage involves the placement of a porcelain crown which is screwed securely on top of the dental implant.

Does the Dental Implant procedure hurt?

The procedure itself is painless as it is carried out under a local anaesthetic. You may feel some discomfort, such as a dull ache once the anaesthetic has worn off, but this will ease after a few days. Any pain experienced is likely to be in your jaw and gums which will be sore after treatment, but is easily managed by prescribe pain relief medication.

What are the risks?

Like all types of surgical procedures, dental implant surgery carries some degree of potential risks. You should always consult with a dental professional prior to treatment. We will inform you of any potential risk factors that are associated with your treatment.

Specific risks/complications of implant surgery may include however are not limited to; reaction to anaesthetic, excessive bleeding, infection, nerve damage, bone fracture and/or loss, failure of the implant.

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