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What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth/root and is made up of Titanium. It is placed in the jaw replacing the missing tooth and serves a similar purpose as the root of a natural tooth does to support the top tooth. The dental implant further has an attachment which attaches the implant with the tooth crown. When two or more implants are placed to support multiple teeth joined together they form an implant supported bridge.

Want to discuss the possibility of replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, Call us on 07 3269 2443 or Book In with your Sandgate dentist for a free consult.

Benefits of having dental Implants?

As is obvious, a dental implant will replace missing tooth/teeth. It can improve your chewing efficiency, fill in the gap in your smile, improve esthetics, help improve your phonetics, prevent bone from resorbing, prevent neighbouring teeth from tipping over and help protect the overall bite. Multiple dental implants are at times placed to support your removable denture and hence increases its retention, as is direly needed in some cases.

Is the implant procedure painful?

As with any other dental procedure you would be numbed. After that you wouldn’t feel any pain. Being a pre-planned procedure, dental implant placement goes much more smoothly than many other dental procedures including taking some stubborn teeth out. Post-operatively you can have some discomfort which can be eased off with simple over the counter painkillers. Overall the whole procedure and the post operative healing is much simpler and faster than most people would imagine.

Discuss the entire procedure with your dentist at Sandgate Bayside Dental and confidently raise any concerns that you may have.

How long have dental implants been in the market?

Dental implants have been in the market for several decades. Titanium has been found to be the most bio compatible material and hence the material of choice for manufacturing dental implants. Since the 1970s when out of all the implants placed, only a small percentage went successful, thousands of research articles have been published, immensely improving the implant design and properties. All that research means that the dental implants in the concurrent market are manufactured to the highest standard giving us the peace of mind. 

How do dental implants work?

When an implant is placed in the jaw bone, the bone starts to form on its surface. In a couple of weeks the bone heals and fuses with the implant, creating a strong and durable connection. This whole process is called osseointegration and is the key to the entire concept of dental implants. 

What is the process of Dental Implants?

1. The entire process starts with an initial consultation, at which you and the dentist discuss the pros and cons of having a replacement tooth and whether or not you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant. An examination is performed and your medical and social history is discussed.

2. The next step is getting a 3D dental scan for which you are referred to a radiology place. Following the analysis of the scan, a plan is made to place the right size dental implant and you may be called in for the impressions of your teeth.

3. Implant placement – On the appointment day everything is pre-planned and prepared before you arrive and you enter into a neatly set room. Next you are numbed up and between a couple of minutes to an hour the dental implant is placed into your jaw. Resorbable sutures may be placed and you are recalled in a few days for a review.

4. Wait around 3-6 months for the implant to integrate well with the bone.

5. Following this, the implant is tested for stability and a screw to shape your gum is placed for 2-3 weeks.

6. Next visit an impression is taken for the lab to fabricate the crown

7. Final visit the crown is placed onto the implant. Mostly the crown is screwed into the implant. So now you have a fully functional and esthetically pleasing tooth back in your mouth, ready in action.

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At Sandgate Bayside Dental, our dentists are well trained and highly experienced in carrying out this procedure at the highest level of precision. Our practice has been operating at the existing premises since 1992 and is a highly reputed dental practice in the area. Patients have been visiting the practice not only from the surrounding areas of Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Brighton, Deagon, Bracken ridge, Taigum, Boondall, Fitzgibbon, Nundah but also from areas like Bald Hills, Strathpine, North Lakes, Clontarf, Margate, Redcliffe, Scarborough, Kippa-Ring, Petrie, Chermside, Aspley, and entire North Brisbane and South Sunshine Coast.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I want to have the tooth out. How long do I have to wait before getting the dental implant?
  • Why are dental implants better than having dentures?
  • Are dental implants expensive?
  • I can only pay a certain amount every fortnight/week. Do you offer any payment options?
  • How long do dental implants last?
  • What can I do to take care of my precious new tooth?
  • What if I am a smoker?
  • What if my previous dentist advised me I don’t have enough bone for an implant?
  • I am absolutely terrified of the dentist. What can I do?
I want to have the tooth out. How long do I have to wait before getting the dental implant?

Mostly if your tooth is irreparable and needs coming out, you may have to wait around 10-14 weeks before the process of implant placement can be started. An implant can be placed immediately after the extraction but only in limited well selected cases hence shortening the time taken to complete the implant procedure.

Why are dental implants better than having dentures?

Dentures are removable replacements for your teeth which means they need to be taken out a few times during the day and left out at night whereas implants are fixed and permanent replacement of your missing teeth. Dentures are often ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear, and make it difficult to eat a variety of foods. This can lead you to have a nutritional intake restriction causing a detrimental effect on your health and well-being. With implants your teeth are stable and this allows you to use your implants as you would use your natural teeth. Additionally as dentures are not embedded into the bone they don’t stimulate bone function, resulting in bone loss whereas dental implants stimulate bone growth and maintenance as they function and hence maintain the jaw bone volume.

Are dental implants expensive?

Over the last few years the cost of dental implants have come down significantly. The initial cost of having a dental implant is greater than having a denture though is similar to having a conventional dental bridge. If looked after and maintained well, however, implants can last a lifetime, making the long term cost much more affordable.

I can only pay a certain amount every fortnight/week. Do you offer any payment options?

We have proudly partnered with Denticare to offer you an interest free payment plan option. You pay a one time $39 as a set up fee and pay 20% deposit of the total amount of your payment plan. You can spread the payments to a value that you can comfortably pay every week/fortnight/month for 6-24 months. We also offer payment options like Afterpay and Zip pay, again at no extra charge to you.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are long lasting and durable restorations. Dental implants can last forever under the right maintenance and care. Most dental implants will last 10+ years.

What can I do to take care of my precious new tooth?

Your dental hygiene is the single most important deciding factor in the longevity of your dental implant. As you know the titanium screw is embedded into the jaw bone and held firmly by it, maintenance of the bone surrounding the screw is of paramount importance. Poor oral hygiene can lead to loss of the surrounding bone and localized infection and in the long run failure of the dental implant. Your role is to follow your dentist’s advice and visit your dentist every 6 months (or as decided with your dentist) for a check up and scale & clean. At home follow a strict oral hygiene regime.

What if I am a smoker?

Smoking is one of the crucial factors in deciding whether you are a suitable candidate to have this procedure done. If you are a current smoker, we do NOT place dental implants for you. This is one of the absolute contraindications for this procedure. Smoking impairs wound healing and leads to a high percentage of failure of the dental implants.

What if my previous dentist advised me I don’t have enough bone for an implant?

It is quite common to see lack of enough bone to place an implant. Fortunately, high quality artificial bone graft materials are easily available in the market and based on the 3D scan, they may help augment the available bone volume for the placement of a dental implant. 

I am absolutely terrified of the dentist. What can I do?

We are considered the gentle dentists of Brisbane. Our patients have tested us over time and have shown faith in us. But if you are really anxious/terrified, you have a few sedation options to choose from. 

We offer happy gas in the surgery, which is quite helpful in calming your mind down so you can have the procedure done comfortably. 

In our practice we can also organise treatment under IV sedation for you. This needs to be pre-planned and organised beforehand with our anaesthetist.

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For over 25 years, our practice has been caring for people from Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Brighton, Deagon, Bracken Ridge, Boondall, Taigum, Woody Point, Clontarf, Margate, Redcliffe and other surrounding areas.

Our main priority is to provide affordable, gentle and quality dental care to the Sandgate and surrounding communities.

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74 Loudon St, Sandgate
QLD 4017