Dental Implants in Melbourne: Additional FAQs
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a type of prosthetic that can be used to replace missing teeth. They consist of two distinct parts: a small titanium post that is positioned within the jaw to mimic the root of a tooth, and a dental restoration used to restore the tooth above the gum line. Dental implants are the only treatment that replaces a tooth both above and below the gums, enabling it to provide a number of unique benefits (more on this below).
Why are dental implants so popular?
Because dental implants have the same root-crown structure as natural teeth, this helps them blend seamlessly into a patient’s smile. Plus, because they are anchored directly to the jawbone, they can be trusted to stay in place no matter what a patient is doing, whether they are speaking or chewing their favorite food. Also, dental implants encourage new bone growth in the jaw, which helps prevent the bone loss that is so common after tooth loss, preserving a patient’s overall facial appearance over time.
How many teeth can dental implants replace?
Dental implants can be used to bring back any number of missing teeth, whether it’s one, a few, or an entire mouthful.
Does dental implant surgery hurt?
Thanks to modern dental techniques and local anesthesia, most implant patients report feeling very little discomfort either during or after their placement procedure. A little soreness and swelling is normal, but this usually goes away after just a few days.
How are dental implants maintained?
One of the best parts about dental implants is that they don’t require any special care in order to be maintained. You basically look after them just like your natural teeth. With consistent brushing, flossing, and routine visits to your dentist in Melbourne, dental implants can be expected to look great and fully function for a lifetime.
Can dental implants help stabilize an insecure denture?
Yes, sometimes implants can be used to make a denture that a patient is already wearing more stable. This all depends on the condition of the denture itself as well as a patient’s jaw. Dr. Richardson can discuss your implant-denture options at your initial consultation.
What will my initial consultation be like?
After meeting Dr. Richardson and discussing your particular smile goals, he’ll perform an oral exam as well as take a variety of diagnostic images to look at your bite and the condition of your jawbone. From there, he’ll be able to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, he’ll discuss what your particular procedure will be like, including how many implants you’ll need, how long it will take, and the overall cost you can expect.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Many dental insurance plans classify implants as a cosmetic procedure and therefore do not provide any coverage. However, some are starting to offer implant benefits due to their growing popularity, and even certain medical insurance plans can be used to help offset the cost of the placement surgery. Our team will sit down with you and go over all of your plans so we can figure out the best way to help you save on your care.
If you have any other questions about dental implants, be sure to look over the FAQ on our dental implant page, or you can always give our office a call. If you’d like to schedule your initial consultation, be sure to contact us today.
Our dedicated team genuinely looks forward to serving your every oral healthcare need. Send us an email or call today for a free consultation, and discover the difference our patient-centric approach can make in your next dental experience.