What to expect from Dental Implant Surgery
A dental implant procedure involves an operation to replace a missing tooth. It is a permanent treatment option where the implant is fused directly to the patient’s jawbone under a series of operations. Dental implants are a great tooth replacement option if you’ve decided that dental implants are the right option for you.
When might a dental implant be needed?
Dental implants might be a suitable option for patients with the following:
• Have a fully grown and healthy jawbone
• Controlled gum disease
• Some conditions affect bone healing. However, with regular check-ups and cleans patients may still be a candidate
What happens during a dental implant procedure?
A dental implant is usually done over a series of minor operations.
1. Scans and x-rays are done to decide where to place the implant. For example, if a tooth is present, we will need to remove the tooth and potentially graft the bone to maintain the available bone. In some cases, we can place the implant directly into the space where a tooth has just been removed (immediate implant), but this is very complex and not always possible or advisable.
2. The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone where the tooth is missing.
3. After the implant is inserted, you will be sent home to allow the bone grows with the implant and heal.
4. Once the implant and the surrounding bone has healed, the periodontist will create a foundation for the new tooth or teeth
5. You will then be sent back to your referring dentist to make the artificial tooth or teeth and place it into the mouth.
What to expect after a dental implant?
1. Recovery – you might have localised pain, bruising, swelling, discomfort, and some bleeding from the gums.
2. Take your medicine – In the first few days following implant surgery, it’s important to take the prescribed medication to alleviate any pain and discomfort your experience.
3. Watch your diet – Following surgery, it’s important to stick to soft food such as yoghurt, soup, eggs and mashed potato
4. Care of implants – We provide special training to help patients clean around their implants. Patients will need a regular visit to check the implants.
5. Take things easy – It’s important to take things easy following oral surgery. This includes strenuous exercise until you are more healed.
How much do dental implants cost?
The treatment and related costs depend on many contributing factors and vary from person to person. For example, the cost of implants ranges from $2,100 to $4,800 per implant, and the prices are calculated by:
• the number of dental implants to be inserted
• the complexity of the placement
• whether the bone has to be “built-up” to support the implant.
• whether surgical guides are required due to the complexity of the case
Getting Dental Implants
Our periodontist can discuss whether a dental implant procedure is right for you. To learn more about dental implants, click here.
If you need a tooth replacement or think dental implant surgery might be right for you, contact our clinic today for more on dental implants in Brisbane.