Are you ready for dental implants?
Have you changed the way you chew your food or altered the way you smile because you’re missing a tooth? Do you stop yourself smiling because of missing teeth?
What happens after tooth loss:
Some people live with missing teeth for years. They know that it’s not easy chewing on the side with the missing tooth so they quite happily eat on the other side. No problem you may think! But over time, your gum, mouth and overall health will be impacted if the tooth isn’t replaced.
Tooth replacement with Dental implants can be a life changing procedure
We offer precision placement of titanium implants to replace your teeth. This means you can wave 'goodbye' to loose dentures and there will be no more unsightly gaps in your smile.
If you’re wearing removable dentures now, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to get food stuck under them. Dental implants will remove this frustration, and potential embarrassment, permanently. Picture having your removable dentures replaced with teeth that look like your other teeth and don’t move!
At Verve Dental, your teeth, gum and overall health is our top priority. We work with you so that, wherever possible, your missing teeth can be replaced.
Common Questions About Dental Implants
*The questions and answers relate to a simple single tooth replacement with dental implants
How much do dental implants cost?
The placement of the implant usually costs between $2000-$2500 depending on the situation of your jaw. After 3 months we then attach a crown to the implant to match your neighbouring teeth. The making of the crown costs around $2500.
So for the average, simple tooth replacement with a dental implant the cost is around $5000.
Cost can vary depending on many additional factors. These can include:
- Do you require teeth removed prior to placing a dental implant.
- You may be asked to have a special 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) radiograph taken as part of your pre-clinical assessment. This will check if sufficient bone volume is available to place a dental implant
- Do you need a temporary tooth/teeth while your implant heals. You may need a temporary denture so that you aren't embarrassed to smile in public.
- Do you have sufficient bone to hold the implant in place successfully. If not bone grafting may be needed.
- Do you have any underlying gum infections? Gum infections (periodontal disease) can lead to a condition called peri-implantitis which is an infection of the gum around the implant. If left untreated it will lead to bone loss and implant failure. It is important that gum infections are treated before any implants are placed. For more information on treating gum infections click here.
- What is the state and condition of your remaining teeth? If neighbouring teeth are damaged or broken they may need repair to improve the chances of your new implant tooth surviving. A dental implant is a very solid strong tooth. if it is biting against a heavily filled tooth there is a chance it may break this opposing tooth
Do dental implants hurt?
Dental implants are always placed under local anesthetic so you will not feel anything during surgery. You may notice some pushing/vibration and hear some noise. But not to worry, you can listen to music through headphones during the procedure.
Once the area has healed successfully you do not feel your dental implant in your jaw.
Do I need to take time off from work after dental implant surgery?
If you have your implant placed in the morning, it best to take the rest of the day off. Generally you will be fine to return to work the next morning. If the implant is placed in the afternoon, once again you will be fine to return the next morning.
Quite often though, patients feel having an additional rest day after implant surgery better.
If you require a medical certificate to verify your absence from work please ask at reception.
Are dental implants safe and successful?
To ensure safety, dental implants must be placed under strict hospital grade sterile conditions.
In addition when placed by an experienced implant surgeon using high quality original components dental implants have a very high success rate.
If not taken proper care of, dental implants can become infected and fail. To avoid this, it is important to follow all home care instructions and attend regularly for your periodic examinations and cleaning
Can dental implants break?
Dental implants that are purchased in Australia are made from medical grade titanium and are very strong. Under very rare occasions, they have been known to fracture and become loose. Often this occurs because of an underlying bite problem that the patient may have. For example, they may grind their teeth (bruxism) in their sleep. On extremely rare instances, the fracture of the implant may be due faulty manufacturing of the implant itself.
How long does it take to place a dental implant?
The surgical placement of a dental implant usually takes between 60-90 minutes depending on the specific situation.