Dental Implants are one of the treatment options available to replace a lost tooth or teeth.
The Initial Consultation
- A full medical history is the first part of the evaluation process to decide if dental implants are the right solution for you.
- The next thing we do is evaluate the site for the implant and assess if there is enough room and height for an implant-supported crown.
- Then we assess if there is enough bone to place the implant into without getting too close to any important structures that will cause complications.
- If there is not enough bone, there are bone-grafting procedures which will add another step in the process. The materials used, and the costs involved will be fully explained to you.
- The cost of a single implant is between $5500 and $6000, and will generally take from 3 to 6 months from start to finish.
What to expect
- After the initial consultation, we take impressions for study models.
- We will give you a referral for a 3-D x-ray scan, (I-cat scan) of the area of interest.
- We will discuss with you how we will achieve the result you want.
- Dr Skinner will go through all of your options and discuss the pros and cons of each one and answer all your questions.
Dental Implants a viable treatment option for you
- There are other options besides implants such as a partial denture, a fixed bridge, or even possibly orthodontics to fill that space in your mouth.
- It is not wise to place implants in a young person who is still growing.
- Surprisingly older people were the first people to embrace implants as an alternative to dentures.
Read Dr Skinner’s post on the ‘The stages involved in getting a dental implant’ for further information.
- At Dentist on Collins, Implant surgery is done using a full operating theatre protocol to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination and infection.
- Dr Skinner operates using an operating microscope, which means the fixture is placed using a keyhole surgery method. The keyhole approach is more conservative, more comfortable for the patient in terms of minimal to no post-operative pain and avoids the need for flap surgery and sutures.
- Patient’s find it surprisingly comfortable with very little or no post-operative pain. We will give you thorough post-operative instructions, and we are here if you have any problems.
- Generally, 3 months later we assess the implant to see how well it has integrated. Work will then begin to make the final restoration.
- There are very few medical reasons why a person is not a suitable candidate for an implant.
- A patient with controlled Type II Diabetes can have an implant.
- A smoker can have an implant but the risk of failure is higher and healing generally takes longer. Obviously, it is better for many reasons that patients do not smoke.
- For more about my training in dental implants, go to the next page My Dental Implant Surgical Training
Enquiries from patients wanting dental implants are best made with a preliminary consultation appointment. Telephone enquiries are inadequate. Each person is an individual, their individual requirements are unique. We can only assess your needs when we discuss them with you in a face-to-face environment.
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