❤️ Why Choose DentalCare Carngie?
At DentalCare Carngie we have extensive experience working with multiple implant systems and utilising the latest 3D scanning technology to deliver safe, predictable and durable implant dentistry!
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⭐ Interest Free Payment Plans for up to 24 months.
⭐ On the Spot Claiming with HICAPS.
⭐ Flexible payment plans available through AfterPay and ZIP Money.
✔️ Pain Free! You will not feel anything sharp or painful during your procedure as we utilise the strongest Local Anaesthetics available.
✔️ CT guided implant stents and 3D imaging.
✔️ We use very well researched and well respected implant systems .
✔️ We are now Open Late in the Evenings and Saturday and Sunday!
✔️ COVID-19 fully compliant.
⭐ Our audited implant integration rates are over 98%
⭐ Improve Quality of life, Function, Confidence, and Appearance.
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⭐ Sinus Lift Augmentation
⭐ Autogenous Bone Grafting
⭐ Implant Site Development
⭐ Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning
⭐ Implant Maintenance
People are living much longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can't keep up and begin to break down. If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees in medicine, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable.
Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth. The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease, along with the motivation to maintain their oral health.
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don't directly rely on neighbouring teeth for support, implants don't compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Post-Treatment Care Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
1. Why should I choose DentalCare Carnegie to have my implant treatment done?
At DentalCare Carnegie we use very well researched and well respected implant systems. As a team that works extensively on dental implant treatments, we would be very uncomfortable using lower quality or less well-researched systems. Remember, we expect our implants to last for a very long time, possibly even for life, so there really is no justification for taking a cost-cutting approach to such an important matter. You might like to know that this philosophy has helped countless patients replace their missing teeth.
In choosing a clinic, we always recommend patients look carefully at the training of the surgeons and dentists involved, the materials used, and the long-term back-up provided. It is also a good idea to visit the clinics and meet with some of the staff. That way, you will be able to make your mind up very quickly. Our experience is that the decision rarely comes down to price.
2. Are Implants expensive?
It is perfectly normal to consider carefully the cost of any serious investment. It may seem like a lot to spend on your mouth and it is down to each individual patient to decide if the improvements to quality of life, function, confidence, and appearance are worthwhile. We only ever prescribe treatment that is necessary. If you are searching for a bargain, please keep in mind that we regularly have to repair many cases from other clinics or from overseas that have gone wrong due to inadequate planning, skills, or materials. Being preferred providers for Medibank, BUPA and HCF, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest possible rebate on your implant treatment, and we have flexible payment plans available through AfterPay and ZIP Money.
3. Will it be painful to have an implant?
This is one of the most common concerns for people thinking about having an implant. When carried out by an experienced dental surgeon such as Dr Alex Maer, most dental implants are very straightforward to place, taking only about ten to fifteen minutes to complete the surgical part of the treatment. However, more complex cases may take longer.
The majority of implants are placed under a normal dental local anaesthetic. Though the local anaesthetic injections can sting a little, and most of us have experienced dental injections in our mouth at some time, once you are numb, you will not feel anything sharp or painful at all throughout your treatment. You will feel some pressing and pushing during the procedure as well as some vibration during the first stage, but this will not be sharp or painful in any way and your dentist will check to make sure you are completely numb before starting the surgery.
For bigger procedures, such as multiple implants or complex cases, Intravenous sedation can be provided. Sedation is not a general anaesthetic, but makes patients feel very comfortable and relaxed, and they rarely remember much about the procedure afterwards which is an advantage for many nervous patients.
Obviously, the more training and experience the clinician carrying out your dental implant treatment has, the quicker it will be and the more comfortable you are going to be, so make sure you check out your implant surgeon thoroughly before starting treatment.
4. WiIl I need to have a bone graft prior to placing the implant?
Firstly, the great news is that innovative techniques mean that many patients can avoid any kind of bone grafting altogether – even if you have been told you need this by others. These include CT guided implant stents and 3D imaging.
When it is necessary, we use many different materials for bone grafting, which are chosen on a case-by-case basis as the best material for each patient. However, we now use synthetic, laboratory-made materials more and more, replacing the need for cow-derived products almost completely. These synthetic products are rapidly replaced by the body’s own bone, meaning that they disappear completely from the body within a few months.
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5. How long will the treatment take from start to finish?
If the treatment is straightforward, it can be a little as ten weeks from placement of the implant to fit of the final crown. However, sometimes treatment can take longer depending on the level of complexity of your case, with some patients not finishing for up to a year. The exact time frame will be ascertained from your assessment at DentalCare Carnegie and the results of any necessary scans.
6. What happens if the implant fails? Are there any guarantees?
Any surgical procedure can have complications and dental implants are no exception. When an implant is placed, your bone then needs to grow onto and fuse to the implant, in a process known as ‘osseointegration’, if it is to become a firm foundation for a crown. The risks of failure are increased in smokers, poorly controlled diabetics and patients with a history of gum disease and poor oral health. In the unlikely event that your bone fails to grow onto an implant and integrate, we replace the implant completely free of charge with a different design. We have usually found that patients wish to try again and that a second failure is exceptionally rare.
We are very careful to continuously audit our results and assess our performance, and we always strive to excel. Our audited implant integration rates are over 98% and we will be happy and proud to show you our figures at any time. This is an exceptional figure and it is down to both the skill and experience of our team, and to the quality of the equipment and implants that we use.
7. My teeth have been missing for a very long time. Can I still replace them with implants?
Normally yes – we have worked with many exceptional cases where other dentists have said there is inadequate bone. We will do a thorough assessment of course, including detailed x-rays and the latest in 3D imaging to assess the bone available.
Very rarely we will explain that there is not enough bone to safely work with implants and then we have to consider alternative dental options.
8. Can implants help improve the retention of dentures?
Absolutely. Dentures are most patients’ nightmare due to the difficulty in wearing and the effect on all aspects of life. Small dentures can be replaced with just a few implants, or complete (full) dentures can either be held in position with implants or replaced with implants altogether – surely the most amazing dental transformation available.
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