The best investment you can make
We all know how important it is to have a great set of teeth and a beautiful smile. Losing a tooth can make us feel less confident about ourselves, reduce our ability to eat and enjoy life to its maximum.
What is an implant?
An implant is a post which is placed into the gums to replace your missing tooth. Once healing has occurred around the post, an artificial tooth or crown is attached to it. Implants are durable and is a very long lasting option for replacing missing teeth. Currently, they have the highest success rate and durability compared to all other tooth replacement options. An implant will feel and look like your natural tooth.
The effect of a missing tooth
Did you know that having a single missing tooth can affect the way the rest of your teeth bite together? Your remaining teeth may tilt and drift into the gaps and food can get trapped in the spaces. This can cause an increased risk in tooth decay and gum disease. The effect of missing teeth can also be seen when you are not smiling as many people experience sagging of the facial muscles due to lack of support from teeth.
How our treatment is different
Thomson Dental Centre utilises the most up-to-date techniques and systems to bring you the best implant treatment available today:
- We believe in using materials with a proven track record for safety so we exclusively place well-known and well-researched European implant systems.
- We are one of the few practices to have a 3D CT scanner on site to help us better plan your treatment.
- Our implant crowns are made on-site by our expert technicians who will match the colour of your implant crown to your natural teeth as close as possible.
We have also treated many patients who have been told that they are unsuitable to have implant treatment due to a lack of bone. To overcome this problem, we have special procedures to regenerate bone using real or synthetic bone to enable you to have an implant placed.
What are the stages of having an implant?
Consultation. Your first initial visit will be a friendly consultation with our dentists to assess the implant area. We will take some x rays, photos and impressions of your teeth to plan your treatment. We will listen carefully to your concerns and your answer any questions that you may have before proceeding.
Implant placement. Once you are satisfied with the treatment plan, the next step is to place the implant. Our dentist will perform a minor surgical procedure and local anaesthetic. The experience is not too different to having a filling and will generally last 20 minutes. You will be given a little stitch where the surgery is performed. This is removed 1 week later during your post operative review. You will experience some minor swelling around the implant site after the procedure which is completely normal. You will be given medication to ensure you have a speedy recovery. Full recovery generally take a few days.
Healing period. It generally takes 3 months for the body to fully accept the implant. During this time you will have a denture made to replace the missing tooth.
Implant crown placement. After 3 months of healing, we will require a mold of your teeth to make your implant crown. This is a very comfortable process and does not require local anaesthetic. 1 week later your implant crown will be placed permanently on the implant.
Can I claim from medisave?
Yes, you can. The maximum claimable amount on your implant surgery is $950.