Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth in terms of replacing missing a singular tooth or multiple teeth. Implants offer superior comfort to traditional metal or acrylic dentures and do not usually involve traumatising natural teeth like traditional dental bridges. They are fixed into the jaw bone and are maintained in a similar fashion to natural teeth (with regular cleaning and home care). If they are well maintained, implants can remain healthy and functional for decades in the mouth.
Having a dental implant placed in the mouth takes several appointments over a period of 3-6 months. The implant is first surgically placed into the jaw bone under local anaesthetic then a period of 3-6 months healing is needed before the implant can be used. This healing process is termed "osseointegration" as bone actively grows onto the implant surface and locks it into place. Once this is successful, an implant crown or bridge can be fabricated and attached onto the implant (like the pictures below).
At Greenhill Road Dental, Dr. Han Deng (one of a select few with a 2-year Masters Degree in Implant Dentistry from Griffith University) can offer all stages of dental implant treatment including consultation, implant surgery, and implant restoration to minimise treatment times and associated costs. All implants and restorative components used are of the highest quality and have lifetime warranties from the manufacturer. Being preferred providers for Bupa, Medibank, NIB and HCF, we can offer the complete implant process at preferred provider fee levels meaning maximum rebates and minimal out of pocket costs (all implant procedures are major dental items).
For more information on implant procedures and options please visit Dr. Deng's implant-specific website www.implantsolution.dentist or come for a consultation with him in person.