Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is used as a treatment option to replace missing or severely damaged teeth. The implant itself is similar to a tooth root. Implants are inserted into the jaw and left for 4 to 6 months to allow the body to accept it and the jaw bone solidify around it. With a solid implant foundation, a tooth replacement, known as a dental crown, can now be screwed to the dental implant. This is typically the strongest and most long term manner to replace missing or severely damaged teeth.
What Is A Dental Implant Made Of?
We prefer to use titanium dental implants. Titanium does not react with human tissue and is commonly used to replace other parts of the human body, not just teeth. It is also possible to get a dental implant made of zirconia. Titanium implants typically last a lot longer, as zirconia is more brittle and not as strong as titanium. Titanium implants have a great success rate and have been used longer than zirconia, which means we know a lot more about their long term performance.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants varies depending on the dentist you see and the complexity of your case. At Central Brisbane Dental, getting a single tooth titanium implant will cost you just $4000. This includes a porcelain crown attached to the implant. You need to make sure a dental implant is the right choice for you, so please come and see us for a free 30 minute dental implant consult so we can tailor make a treatment plan for you.
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Are Dental Implants The Right Choice For Me?
If you are missing teeth and you want a solid and long term solution, then there is a good chance that dental implants are the right choice for you. If you just have decay or broken a tooth, it’s possible that other, cheaper treatment options may be suitable for you. To find out if dental implants are the best treatment option for you, please come in and see one of our dentists. Initial dental implant consultations are free and will allow us to provide you with all the information you need about your treatment options.
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How Long Will Dental Implant Treatment Take?
Dental implant treatment usually takes around 4 to 6 months. The titanium implant must be inserted into your jaw bone and given time to integrate with the bone. This needs to be monitored over time to ensure there is no rejection. Once the dental implant is fully integrated, you can then complete the treatment with a porcelain crown attached to the implant.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Titanium dental implants have been proven in research to last a long time once integrated in the jaw bone so this is a long term solution. You will still need to maintain good dental hygiene to ensure the dental crown and implant remain in good condition. Good oral hygiene will also help to reduce other risks such as gum disease around implants, called peri-implantitis.
Dental Implants Brisbane Procedure and Cost
Step 1 30 Minute Appointment - Free Dental Implant Consult
|Item 015 Long Consultation|
Description : evaluation of implant site and surrounding teeth and soft tissues
|Item 022 Intra-oral x-ray|
Description : preliminary evaluation of jaw bone which will support the implant
Give referral form to X-ray Clinic to get OPG (full mouth 2D scan, bulk billed under Medicare) and Cone Beam CT (full mouth 3D scan, subsidised by Medicare, patient pays $150 themselves) – some practices charge $200-300 for both, we refer out as it is cheaper for the patient with Medicare coverage – comprehensive evaluation of the jaw bone which will support the implant and surrounding vital structures
Step 2 2 Hour Appointment - Dental Implant Placement
|Item 688 Insertion of Dental Implant - one stage surgery|
Description : placement of implant into the jaw bone
Step 3 15 Minute Appointment (2 weeks after Step 2) - Review of Dental Implant Healing
|Item 013 Limited dental examination|
Description : evaluation of gum healing and early implant healing with jaw bone
Step 4 45 Minute Appointment (4-6 months after Step 2) - Review and Impression to Make Crown
|Item 661 Dental implant abutment|
Description : connects dental implant to the crown
|Item 671 Porcelain crown attached to dental implant|
Description : crown to restore the dental implant to mimic natural tooth that is being replaced
Step 5 30 Minute Appointment (2 weeks after Step 4) - Insertion of the crown on the dental implant
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Cost : free, no further charge
Let's Terminate That Weak Tooth
If a tooth is missing or needs to be extracted, there are 3 main options for replacing the tooth – a denture, a bridge or an implant. In many instances, dental implants are now the best long term option to replace a missing tooth. Although dentures will do the job, they are the weakest option and need to be removed for cleaning. Like dental bridges, dental implants are permanently fixed to the mouth and do not need to be removed like dentures. Dental implants are better than the other 2 options as the adjacent teeth and their soft tissues do not need to be used to support an implant.
An implant uses the bone that used to hold a missing tooth to replace it. A titanium implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone where the missing tooth used to be. The bone is allowed to heal around the implant, usually for 3 to 6 months. If the bone has taken the implant and the implant is stable, a crown can be made to attach to the implant to replace the missing tooth.
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Multiple implants can also be used to retain a denture or support a bridge. If there isn’t much good gum and bone to keep a denture stable in the mouth, the denture may be loose and uncomfortable. Implants can be placed in the jaw bone and the denture attached onto the implants to fix it in place and make it very stable. If there are several missing teeth next to each other and not enough natural teeth to support a traditional bridge, implants can be used for the supports. For example, 3 missing teeth next to each other may be replaced by an implant at either end and a 3 unit bridge attached to the implants.
If all the teeth are missing, there is also a treatment using dental implants called All-on-4. The treatment involves using 4 dental implants to replace all the teeth in the mouth with a dental bridge. This procedure is advantageous as only a minimal number of implants are required. A long bridge is also is stronger and better looking than a full denture and is fixed in place and doesn’t need to be removed by the patient to clean.
The Best Of The Best!
A dental implant is the best we have available to replace a missing tooth or tooth that needs to be extracted. It is divided into surgical and prosthetic phases of treatment:
- Extract the tooth and remove infection if needed
- Bone graft if needed if not enough good bone
- Place implant in jawbone
- Allow implant to integrate with bone for 3-6 months
- Check stability of implant
- Take impression to make crown for implant
- Dental technician makes crown
- Attach crown to implant
Implanted To Survive A Long Time
An implant is a strong, long term, non-removable option to replace a tooth. It requires surgery to place the implant. It is, however, only minor surgery and can be done under local anaesthetic. Like all implants, there is a risk the dental implant is rejected by your body, however, the majority of cases are successful. In some cases there may not be enough bone to place an implant. This can be overcome by additional minor surgery such as bone grafting.
At Central Brisbane Dental, we can carry out your implant surgery and restore your implant for you as well. For complex cases, we can refer you to a specialist periodontist or oral surgeon for the surgical phase of implant treatment to ensure the best chance of successful implant surgery before carrying out the restorative phase for you at the practice. Although we deal with all implant types, we favour ADIN and Straumann implants for their proven track records.
How Much Will It Cost For Dental Implants In Brisbane?
Dental implant prices in Brisbane and Australia in general may not be cheap compared to dental implants in Thailand. However, the dental implant cost covers many things and it is hard to do a lot of these things overseas. For example, dental implants are one of those procedures that require treatment over several sessions. It is essential you see your dentist for review to make sure the dental implant has integrated with the jaw bone before proceeding with attaching a dental crown on it. This review is usually at least three months after the dental implant surgery. What if there are dental implant problems and complications? Flying to Thailand a second time only for the dentist to say you cannot progress to the dental crown stage would be a waste of time and an extra cost. When you do a dental implant price comparison factoring all these potential costs, it may not be worth considering the dental vacation or dental tourism in general. This may become even more of a problem when you are doing more than one dental implant like with dental implant All on 4 treatments to replace all the teeth. The dental implant All on 4 cost may potentially be markedly higher as you have to factor in problems with four dental implants not just a single one. It is a lot safer sticking with dental implants in Brisbane. Cheap dental implants in Thailand come with extra risks associated with the overseas location and travel when compared to dental implants in Australia.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.