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Geelong Dental Implants

Is dental implant surgery painful?

At The Geelong Dental and Implant Centre, we want to ensure your treatment procedure is comfortable at all times. A highly effective local anaesthetic is used during the surgery so you do not experience any discomfort during the placement of the implants. Every effort is made to minimise any post-operative discomfort by ensuring effective pain-killers are commenced 2 hours before treatment and continued at regular intervals for as long as necessary post operatively.

How much do dental implants cost?

Implant treatment can range from $5000 for a single tooth case, up to $20,000-$30,000 for a full arch case, depending on its complexity, the type of materials used, the number of implants used, and the need for grafting. Most full arch cases are for the fixed replacement of a full lower denture, and typically involve placement of four implants, delivery of a temporary fixed appliance 3-4 days later, and then construction of a final, permanent appliance approximately 4 months after the implants have been placed, and when they are fully integrated. A full quotation is given to each patient once the final treatment plan has been determined.

What are the consequences of a missing tooth?

The reasons for replacing a missing tooth are multifaceted and not just confined to the appearance of your smile. The loss of a tooth can be a cause for embarrassment and can contribute to functional problems within your mouth. In addition to poor aesthetics, tooth loss can affect your speech and chewing function, placing extra stress on your other teeth and jaw muscles. This in turn can lead to tooth and jaw misalignment or pain and may cause headaches and facial discomfort.

Additionally, if you are missing a tooth, your adjacent and opposing teeth can move out of place and encroach on the vacant space. The teeth on either side of the gap, or the tooth that would normally bite against the missing tooth may tip into the empty space. This makes it harder to clean around these teeth as they are misaligned and this may result in gum disease or periodontitis around the associated teeth. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in Australian adults.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium, screw-shaped fixture, which is surgically placed in your jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. The implant then becomes a solid foundation to which a dental crown, bridge or full arch denture is secured. Dental implants are one of the most innovative developments of modern dentistry.

When can I return to work after implant surgery?

The success and longevity of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain your oral health. Your implants will need to be periodically checked and professionally cleaned every six – twelve months, depending on your current and ongoing level of oral health. Even though your implant is titanium and your restorations are high quality tooth coloured material, often porcelain, ceramic or zirconia, your gums and natural teeth are still susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay.

When can I return to work after implant surgery?

Many patients who choose to have dental implants often return to work or their normal daily routine on the day of surgery or the next day. Some patients prefer to have an extra day off. You should do what you feel is best for you.

How long do dental implants last?

Like your natural teeth, the longevity of your dental implants will depend upon your oral health. Provided your jawbone is strong and healthy and you continue with regular cleaning and dental checkup appointments, it is possible for your implant to last a lifetime.