There are many questions you should ask before proceding with implant dentistry:
What is the skill, training and experience of the implant team?
What implant system is being used in my case, why and where is it made?
Are only genuine prosthetic parts being used?
Where will my implant reconstuction be made?
About Dental Implants
An implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw-bone and replaces a missing tooth. Once an implant is stable in the jaw-bone, a crown can be placed.
Implant crowns can be joined together to form implant bridgework if multiple teeth are missing.
If good bone and gum volume exists around an extracted tooth, the implant may be placed at the time of extraction. If the bone or gum volume is deficient, grafting is often required to obtain the best long-term functional and aesthetic result and implant placement or implant restoration may need to be delayed. Once an implant is well stabilized in the jaw-bone, a crown can be placed. Sometimes this is on the day of extraction (in the form of a temporary crown), but more commonly 8-12 weeks later after the implant has fused with the bone.
There are many implant systems available in Australia with large price differences. The price may relate to their country of manufacture, materials used in their manufacture, level of quality assurance in terms of fit and finish and "back-up" if any issues arise.
We only use TGA approved implant systems – Astra-Tec, Straumann, Nobel Biocare and Southern. These implant manufacturers guarantee the quality of their product and provide both warranties and prompt back-up if any issues should arise.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.