Dental implants or teeth implants are the closest available solution to natural teeth that a dentist can provide. Nowadays, there is no need to live without missing teeth as dental implants are considered the gold standard of care for restoring your smile.
Teeth implants can replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth or a full set of teeth. They can also be used to stabilise loose dentures.
Dental implants are a biocompatible material, i.e. our body accepts them and the bone grows around the implant, attaching it to the jaw bone. This is a process known as Osseointegration. The integrated implants then act as anchors to which your dentist can attach the missing teeth.
The success rate for dental implants is very high.
Visit Perth Dental Implant Centre Today
The qualified team at Perth Dental Implant Centre are dedicated to putting your comfort first when restoring your smile. We have two major dental clinics for your convenience. Kelmscott Dental services the Armadale area and surrounds, while EVP Dental services Victoria Park and surrounding suburbs. We also have many patients who travel from all over WA and interstate, our team can help accommodate your visit. Contact us today to make an enquiry or secure an appointment at your preferred clinic.
Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most common questions we get asked regarding dental implants, as well as questions that may be important to ensure you receive the right treatment method.
How much does a dental implant cost and why is there such a variety in cost?
Dental implants are not just something we can pluck off a shelf in a shop that have a fixed price. In the same way that your teeth are unique to you, we have to develop a dental implant plan that perfectly meets your needs, both financially and to give you the very best possible result for the long term.
This means that the process and the time that it takes will vary from person to person. Therefore, it can be very difficult for us to provide an “off the shelf” cost. We need to see you in person to assess those factors to then be able to provide you with an appropriate cost.
Do you need a 3D bone scan to assess if you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant?
To accurately check if you have enough bone available to place dental implants, we take a detailed 3D x-ray known as a CBCT scan. This is similar to a CT scan but with a much lower dose of radiation. This shows us exactly how much bone you have and where vital structures such as nerves, the sinuses and other tooth roots are. We can then ensure that when placing the implant there is no risk of the implant damaging these structures. We believe that a dental implant should not be placed without first carefully assessing a 3D bone scan.
At the Perth Dental Implant Centre, we have in-house 3D scanners at both of our clinics and can tell you on the day of your consultation, saving you time and money.
Is the tooth already missing? Or does it need removing?
There are different ways we manage a tooth that needs to be removed. Sometimes we may remove the tooth and wait 2-3 months before placing a dental implant. Other times we will remove a tooth, place a bone graft material to preserve the bone, then wait longer to place the dental implant. In some cases, we may even be able to place the dental implant at the same time when we remove the tooth.
Discovering which option is best for you depends on a wide variety of circumstances and each option has varying costs. The most important thing is to give the patient a successful and long-term outcome. We need to fully assess your mouth and 3D scan before we can decide on the best option for you.
Is your missing tooth at the front of your mouth or the back of your mouth?
The amount and quality of bone into which we can place a dental implant is different in each part of the mouth. For example, the bone at the front of the mouth can be much thinner which means a more complex treatment may be required to achieve a successful result.
Teeth at the front of the mouth may be much more visible when the patient smiles which can also make the treatment more complex. At the back of the mouth there may be more available bone and less need for an aesthetic outcome, making the treatment far simpler.
Following a 3D bone scan we can fully assess your circumstances and come up with a unique treatment plan for the best results.
Is there enough bone to place the dental implant or will you need additional bone grafting?
When a tooth is removed, the surrounding bone can shrink. This shrinkage differs depending on the part of the mouth and is different in each person depending on the anatomy of the tooth and the bone. To guarantee a good result with dental implants, we need enough bone to be able to place the dental implant in the correct position. In some cases, we need to add or create more bone using different procedures. These procedures can vary in cost and complexity. Following a full assessment and 3D bone scan, we can advise what is the best option for you.
What is involved in the new keyhole method?
A new way we are placing dental implants is using computer guided 3D printed guides. This allows us to place dental implants using “keyhole” surgery. This can make the process much less invasive, quicker and safer.
Watch the video below to see how the procedure works.
What are the sedation options if I’m nervous or have a complex procedure?
Many of our patients have dental implants placed following a simple local anaesthetic injection. However, some patients would prefer to sleep through the procedure. We can perform any tooth extraction and/or implant placement under IV sedation or full general anaesthetic.
For those with private health insurance hospital cover, the cost of the anaesthetist and hospital will be fully covered (no gap). You may just have a hospital excess to pay depending on your policy. For those without private health insurance, we have very competitive rates for IV sedation with our visiting GP anaesthetist, some of which may be covered by Medicare.
What is the experience of the dentist placing your dental implant?
Did you know that the placement of dental implants is not taught to dentists at university and they have to undergo further training to learn how to do this?
At Perth Dental Implant Centre, our principle dentist, Dr. David Norcross, has completed extensive further training in dental implants and our clinic is dedicated to performing dental implant treatments.
When done well, dental implants can be a very successful treatment, but when done incorrectly the results can be catastrophic. It’s important that your dentist has the right qualifications & experience.
What is more important for my dental implant? A functional tooth or an aesthetic tooth, or both?
There are a variety of different materials that can be used to make the tooth. Each have different levels of strength and some look more natural than others. The type of materials used plays a part in the cost of the dental implant. For a back tooth you may be happy to have a cheaper tooth, but for a front tooth you may wish to upgrade to a higher quality and better-looking material.
Will I need a temporary tooth while the dental implant heals?
There may be a period of time when we need to leave the dental implant to heal before we can make the final tooth/teeth. We’re able to provide you with a number of different temporary tooth options with different costs.
What dental implant is being used in your mouth?
There are hundreds of different manufacturers of dental implants which differ in cost and quality. Some of the implants used overseas are not licensed for use in Australia and some can even be low-quality copies.
Are the cost of the appointments and any additional x-rays included in the advertised prices?
For a single dental implant, the treatment can take 3-9 months to complete and a number of appointments. We may also need to take x-rays of the implant and bone at different stages of the treatment. We do not charge for additional visits or x-rays required during your implant treatment.
Do you accept private health insurance?
Did you know that parts of the treatment may be claimable from your insurance company and by spreading the treatment over time you may be able to maximise your benefits?
At Perth Dental Implant Centre, we are preferred provider for HBF, HCF and Bupa and accept all major health funds. Contact your health care provider to find out your rebate eligibilities.
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