1) How do dental implants work?

There are several stages in a dental implant procedure. How do dental plants work if there is insufficient bone structure? In some cases, bone grafting is required to prepare the jawbone for the implants. The actual procedure is referred to as dental implant surgery because a metal implant post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone beneath the gum tissue. This acts as a secure anchor for artificial teeth, which could be in the form of a bridge or dentures or individual crowns.

2) Why are dental implants a good option for tooth replacement?

Over time, the implants will fuse to the jaw bone sections that support the implant. This creates an incredibly secure base for the artificial tooth or teeth. Because of the way in which dental implants work, they provide a more stable and comfortable option for tooth replacements when compared to a traditional dental bridge or dentures.

3) What are the benefits of dental implants?

Natural teeth (that exhibit good oral health) allow us to eat and speak easily. An artificial tooth or teeth in the form of dentures and bridges will often slip and shift if they are not secured by implants. So how do dental implants work in comparison? Dental implants, on the other hand, are more secure and comfortable, allowing you to speak and eat with ease and confidence.

Another advantage of dental implants is that they are often a viable option even when traditional dental bridges or dentures are uncomfortable or even impossible. Patients who present with poor ridges, sore spots or gagging often find they cannot tolerate dentures or bridges, but dental implants are a comfortable alternative to address tooth loss.

In the case of traditional dental bridges to replace missing teeth, the teeth adjacent to the gap need to be prepared and sometime ground down. A dental implant does not require any preparation of the teeth on either side of the gap, as these adjacent teeth are not required to anchor the artificial teeth as is the case with a dental bridge.

4) How long do dental implants last?

How do dental implants work in the long-term? The longevity of dental implants depends greatly on how well you attend to your dental health after dental implant surgery. In order to ensure that your dental implants last as long as possible, it is of vital importance that you book dental check-ups on a regular basis and practice meticulous oral hygiene habits on a daily basis.

5) Are there any risks associated with dental implants?

It is fair to say that any surgery has some risks. Fortunately, dental implant surgery carried out by experienced dentists carried very little risks. Any complication that does arise (though rare) is usually a minor problem and easily resolved with non-invasive treatment. These risks include:

  • an infection at the implant site
  • injury or damage to the adjacent teeth or surrounding blood vessels
  • damage to nerves supplying your natural teeth, gums, chin, or lips
  • sinus problems (if an upper dental implant protrudes in a sinus cavity)

6) How much do dental implants cost?

It is not possible to provide a set amount for dental implants. This is because the dental implant procedure differs from patient to patient in terms of the extent of the treatment required. To receive an accurate quote, contact us to book a consultation. A dental examination is required to determine the exact course of action that needs to be taken, and the extent of the treatment.

Usually, dental implants require a more significant investment that other methods of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. It is important to consult your medical health insurance provider to find out what portion of the costs they will cover.

At Alex Hills Dental, we over three different payment options to ensure that you are able to choose the option that best suits you. These three options are:

  • You can make a private health (HICAPS) claim on our electronic system.
  • You can select from three different payment plans: Denticare Payment Solutions, AfterPay, and Zip Pay.
  • You can pay either the full amount or remaining balance by either credit card or debit card.

For more information about financial assistance, please click here or contact our friendly team to discuss your enquiries.

7) How can I get dental implants?

In order to get dental implants, you will need to book a consultation with your local dental specialist.

A thorough dental examination will reveal the current state of your teeth, gums and bones. In order to be a candidate for dental implants, you need to have healthy gums (no gum disease) as well as sufficient bone structure in the relevant part of your jaw.