Single and multiple implants are often done in 2 stages. The placement of the implant followed 3-4 months later by the restoration of the implant. However sometimes it is possible to restore the tooth at the same time as placing the implant. (See immediate implants and All-on-4®)
Dr Norcross will listen carefully to your treatment goals. A thorough examination is performed, diagnostic radiographs and photographs are taken. Referral for a 3D (CBCT) scan is arranged. Treatment plan to restore your smile and all associated costs are discussed.
This can be performed using just local anaesthetic or with IV sedation for nervous patients. The dental implants are placed carefully with precision into the bone under the gum. The area is left to heal for a period of time. Wherever possible a temporary tooth will be provided.
Once the implants have successfully bonded to the bone. Impressions are taken of the position of the implant and sent to our dental technician where your final implant crown/bridge will be manufactured. To help with the colour matching of your new crown we will often take photographs and/or arrange you to visit our dental technician.
The replacement tooth is attached to the dental implant. You are shown how to care for your new teeth with correct oral hygiene technique.
6 monthly maintenance visits are booked with our hyginest to ensure that your oral hygine is kept at its highest level.
As the dental implants are being inserted into bone the procedure should be performed under strict surgical conditions to reduce the risk of infection.
- Disposable equipment which is only used once ensuring sterility
- nurses who have been specially trained in infection control
- Instruments that have been sterilized according to Australian Dental Associations infection control standards
- Disposable surgical gloves and gowns
The success rate for dental implants is very high. According to the Australian Dental Association they have a 90-98% success rate. Dr David Norcross documents all of his cases with regular follow-ups and currently has a success rate of 98%.
Failures are rare but can occasionally occur. They are usually related to smoking, uncontrolled diabetes or other medical conditions that reduce a patient’s ability to heal.
If a failure occurs the dental implant is removed and the area is left to heal. After 3-4 months another implant is placed free of charge.
Dr David Norcross uses the following dental implant systems which are all TGA approved and backed by years of clinical research: Nobel, MIS and Southern.
Highly Skilled Local Dental Technicians
We work closely with local highly skilled dental technicians who use the most up to date techniques and technology with the highest quality of dental materials. None of our work is sent to cheaper overseas dental labs.