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Dental Implants FAQ

Implant Dentistry at it’s Finest

Dental Implants are currently the best alternative to missing natural teeth. What is a tooth implant? Essentially, an implant is a titanium screw which is gently placed in the jaw bone to replace the root of a lost natural tooth. The team from Gold Coast Dental Implants & Aesthetics handles dental implant cases on a weekly basis. We offer a range of implant treatments to suit every dental patient, whether needing a single tooth implant, or multiple tooth replacement.

Gold Coast Dental Implants uses modern treatments and “Nobel Biocare” implants, the leading manufacturer with over 40 years of experience, backed by a 20 year guarantee. Implants can be a safe and natural looking alternative for damaged or missing teeth.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitionerOur Gold Coast dental team are ready to assist you with a free consultation today.

Watch our founder, Dr Franck Page discuss dental implants

F.A.Q.’s

What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant (fixture) is a device that is used to replace a tooth or teeth to the gum and bone in your mouth. Once a healing phase has occurred then the implant is used to attach an artificial tooth or bridge securely on top. Dental implants are generally designed to be permanently fixed into place.
How Long do Teeth Implants Last?

Many of the first implants placed in Australia in the 1980’s are still in function at present. There does not appear to be any reason for a dental implant to need routine replacement.  Of course, the crown or bridge placed on top of the implant will be subject to normal ‘wear and tear’ through use and will require the same sort of maintenance as any other dental work. Be sure to ask us about our 10 year guarantee on our dental implant treatments!

What are the Benefits of Dental Implant Treatments?

People who have teeth knocked out in accidents can quite often benefit from implants (but not children who are still growing).  People who have failed root canal therapy or split teeth may even be able to immediately replace the tooth with an implant. People who have loose or uncomfortable dentures may be able to have them stabilised by implants. Several implants can also be used to replace a denture altogether. People who have lost their back teeth and need more teeth to chew properly can also benefit from implants as well.

How do I find out if I can have Dental Implant Treatment?
You will need to attend for a detailed examination and treatment plan session if you wish to pursue dental implants.  This visit will assess your bite and available tissue and bone base. Information will also be provided on the detail of the implant placement procedure and any necessary radiographs (x-rays) taken.
Does my Health Fund cover Implant Treatments?

Rebates from the health funds vary significantly depending on the fund and the level of cover you have.  It is wise to present your treatment plan to your fund prior to commencement of treatment. Please contact your health fund to find out your cover details.

What is involved in the actual treatment?
The implant (fixture) can only be placed after the completion of all the steps in the detailed treatment plan check-list.  This will include the selection of the size and type of fixture and also the exact position.  Usually we can place the implant in the dental chair using a minor oral surgery approach. The area to be worked on will first be numbed and then the site for the fixture prepared so that it can be positioned where the root of the tooth would have been. The process can take as little as 90 minutes.
We must then allow a healing phase (3 to 6 months) before we commence the final stages of preparing the gum tissue and finally the crown or bridge.  The whole course of treatment can take between 3 to 12 months.
Will I have a ‘gap’ while the implant is healing?
We can organise to have a temporary crown, bridge or denture available for during the healing phase. Please ask for more information about this in your consultation.
Will the treatment be painful?
The numbing agent that we will use is the same as when you are having a filling. After the procedure a mild analgesic (headache) tablet is all that may be required. In a few cases a slightly stronger analgesic may be required for the first night. We can prescribe you something for this. You can read our patient testimonials for even more insight into our treatments.
How do I care for my dental implant?
It is very important to care for your implant supported tooth or bridge the same way you care for your own teeth. In particular it is very important to keep the gums healthy with daily brushing and flossing.
What if I smoke, will it affect my implants?

Smoking significantly increases the risk of failure for dental implant treatment. We strongly encourage all our patients not to smoke.

Get in touch…

We believe our patients deserve to receive the best possible care and to enjoy their oral health. Call our Gold Coast clinic to schedule your consultation at (07) 5503 1701.