Dental Implants FAQs

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a replacement tooth "root" that is made out of titanium. It is shaped like a screw and is inserted into the bone of the jaw to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or denture. This titanium screw is able to fuse with the jaw, providing a secure, long-term solution to restore your tooth and improve your chewing ability, smile aesthetics, as well as prevent bone loss. 

dental implants

The picture above shows a typical single implant solution, however any form of attachments can be placed onto the titanium screw (Dental Implant). There are many different abutments, some which help give dentures a locking mechanism, some which accept metal bars and other structures allowing replacement of multiple teeth.

What can implants do for me?

Whether you are missing a single tooth, all your teeth, or just requiring some additional retention for your dentures, dental implants can help achieve that. Remember, what abutment, which is placed into the implants can be changed to suit their purpose, its not always a dental crown which goes on top of your dental implants.

Below is a video from Dentsply, showing you a case from a patient restored with their state-of-the-art Astra Tech EV implant system.

How does it work?

Modern dental implants are able to fuse to the jaw through a process called osseointegration. This is when your jawbone fuses directly to the implant without soft tissue or scar tissue in-between, ensuring an strong connection that can potentially last forever under the right maintenance and care. This is possible because of titanium's properties, as it is the most bio-compatible metal and is used in many other implants such as knee and hip replacements. The osseointegration of the implant gives the stability needed for any replacement crown, bridge or denture.

At Balmoral Dental Centre, we have chosen to use a premium dental implant system such as Astra pre-dominantly due to its amazing osseointegration properties. It's surface and manufacturing has decades of experience behind it.

Dental implants have come a long way, and Astra's technologies in their surface preparation and implant design is detailed in the video below, some pretty amazing and interesting stuff, who knew such a small screw has so much technology and innovations behind it! Quality does matter, and in this case the research and evidence back it up.

At Balmoral Dental Centre, we use the latest Astra Tech EV 2.0 implants for our patients!

What Are the steps?

The area is numbed with local anaesthetic and minor surgery is performed to gradually drill away bone until a sufficient sized gap is created, the implant is then placed into the bone with minimal force.

After 3-4 months of healing (sometimes more, pending decision made by the surgeon), the implant is ready to be restored.

The gums are opened and an impression coping is inserted, and a specific record of the mouth is taken, which includes information on the depth of the implant and its angulation.

Using this information the correct abutment, as well as the prosthesis, in this case a crown is then fabricated custom to the mouth.

The crown and abutment are then placed and the new tooth is ready for action!

Below is a video describing a normal implant procedure from start to finish
(Warning - surgical procedures animated)

Why choose dental implants over other solutions?

In most cases, dental implants have the highest rate of success and the longest lifespan amongst various options. The technology has also improved dramatically in the last few years and our team at Balmoral Dental Centre has a wealth of experience with amazing success rates.

Planning and pre-preparation is key, we control every step of the procedure from the removal of the tooth, the bone grafting, to the actual surgery.

We also invest in the very best dental materials such as Astra Tech implants from Dentsply, and Geistlich graft materials for bone and gum grafts.

What are the benefits of Dental Implants over other solutions?

For missing teeth, dental implants offer benefits that other tooth replacement options, like dentures or bridges, can't offer. Here are the top benefits of this innovative option:

  • Prevents Bone Loss

Normally when you bite down on your teeth, they exert forces which are transferred into the jawbone. This keeps the jawbone nice and firm to support the weight and forces the teeth have to bare. After a tooth is lost, the jawbone is no longer needed to support the tooth so the body eventually starts to resorb away the bone, causing bone loss and gum recession.  Not only does it makes it more difficult to support an implant, prostheses such as dentures would not sit as securely due to there being less retention, and a crown and bridge would not be as aesthetic due to the gum recession now creating a gap. Getting an implant prevents bone loss because when you bite down on an implant supported tooth, you exert the same kind of force onto the jawbone, whereas when you bite down on a bridge or denture, they are just resting on top of your gum and not supported in the jawbone. 

  • Restores Bite Force

Because implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, they allow you to bite down with just as much force as you could use with your natural teeth. Other tooth replacement options such as a denture, don't restore as much of the bite force as they are just sitting on top of the gum and not anchored in place. 

  • Restores Biting Sensation

A lot of the time with dentures, patients report that when they bite down, they feel like they're not biting on anything because there is no feedback. With implants, due to the implant being anchored down into the jawbone, there is physical feedback when biting down and many patients find that to be very satisfying compared to a denture.

  • A Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss

Other tooth replacement options will need to be repaired or replaced periodically, but dental implants are designed to last for the rest of your life, especially with good maintenance, monitoring and home-care.

Why do I need a Dental Implant?

There are many reasons why you may need implants. Some common reasons for dental implant solutions are:

  • Missing, infected, cracked or unsightly teeth
  • Accidents or sporting injuries involving teeth
  • Permanent or temporary denture solutions
  • Cosmetic improvement

No matter what your reasons are for looking at Dental Implant solutions it’s important you seek professional advice. A professional dentist will be able to offer you expert advice and options that you may not be aware of.

This is why we give you a no obligation free consultation. Our free consultation will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. Even if you don’t decide to go ahead with your treatment you’ll have gained valuable insight into your options.

Book in for your obligation free consultation with us now by calling (07) 3399 6288 or click below to make a booking online.

Book your free Implant Consultation now!

If you're not sure if you need implants or want to know your options, come and discuss and learn more about the procedure. Call us to book in for a free Implant consultation.

3D CBVT Included - Because the future success of your implant starts from a solid treatment plan

We'll do any diagnostic x-rays we need to give you an informed treatment plan, including a 3D cone beam scan, which we have in-house at out clinic so there is no need to get a referred to have it done outside.

With the data from the scan, we'll discuss with you all your options and how to go forward. This is an obligation free consultation, where we like to inform you of your best options so you may make the best informed decisions for your treatment plan. 

Book in for your obligation free consultation with us now by calling (07) 3399 6288 or click below to make a booking online.

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Costs and Appointments

At Balmoral Dental Centre, with the economics of scale, and integrating our work flow, we are able to provide Astra implants with Genuine Astra abutments and parts at an extremely affordable price. While you complete the implant from start to finish, we are able to give you a bundle which is a lot less than the sum of all the appointments.

If you start from a site ready for dental implants (before the implant is placed and restored without requiring tooth extraction, gum, bone or sinus grafting), the whole implant placement procedure is done at our clinic for $3995. This price is BEFORE any health fund rebates.

Please note that below is a general guide only, and a personalized treatment plan will be drafted after your consultation.

Item Codes Applicable

These item codes are claimed through your health fund and although the actual costs can vary from health fund to health fund, keep in mind that the total cost of treatment ($3995) will not change.

Visit 1 - Consultation

Procedure Usual Costs You pay
014 - Consultation $40-$70 $0
026 - Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography $150 - $200 $0*
022 - Intraoral PA (if required) $40-$55 $0*
Total $230 - $325 $0

*We charge a 200 dollar fee if you wish to take these records with you - this is to prevent us being exploited as a free Cone Beam facility. Most Radiology clinics charge $150 for a cone beam AFTER medicare

Visit 2 - Implant Placement

Keep in mind that the mouth needs to be free from dental decay, gum disease and other issues before we proceed with the actual placement of a dental implant.

Procedure Usual Costs You pay
684 - Insertion of first stage of two-stage endosseous implant $2000-$2500 ~$1900
022 - Intraoral PA (after insertion of guide pin) $40-$55 ~$40
022 - Intralral PA (after placement of implant) $40-$55 ~$40
Total $2080 - $2610 ~2000

Visit 3 - Suture removal

This is normally happens 5 - 10 days after your surgery

Visit 4 - 1-Month Review

We check on your implants while they  heal with an x-ray to ensure that everything is going smoothly.

Procedure Usual Costs You Pay
013 - Limited Exam $40 - $60 $0
022 - Intraoral PA (1- Month Review of implant) $40 - $60 $0
Total $80 - $120 $0

Visit 5 - 2-Month Review

If everything is going smoothly at the 2-Month mark this will be the last review, if we have concerns we may see you again in one month time.

Procedure Usual Costs You Pay
013 - Limited Exam $40 - $60 $0
022 - Intraoral PA (1- Month Review of implant) $40 - $60 $0
Total $80 - $120 $0

Visit 6 - 2nd Stage Surgery

This usually occurs after 3 months of healing, however in some cases the healing period maybe as much as 6 months. this will be discussed at the consultation, and also can change during the course of the treatment depending on your healing and recovery.

Procedure Usual Costs You Pay
691 - Second Stage Surgery $250-500 ~$260
022 - Intraoral PA $40 - $60 ~$40
Total $80 - $120 ~$300

Visit 7 - 9 - Impressions, secondary impressions, shade matching and finally crown insert

These appointments span 2-4 weeks, and can vary greatly pending on personal needs

Procedure Usual Costs You Pay
661 - Fitting of implant abutment $600 - $800 ~$550
671 - Full crown attached to osseointegrated implant - non-metalic $1500 - 2000 ~$1100
022 - Intraoral PA $40 - $60 $40 - $60
Total $2140 - 2860 ~$1700*

*Price written here are for a standard full contour zirconia crown, extra options available for highly aesthetic crowns at an extra cost.

Total price of an implant bundle at our clinic, including the consultation, implant surgery and crown is $3995, and the costs are due over a period of 4 months at each appointment.

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We have a very high demand for these consultations and places are limited and precious. Your consultation is 60 minutes with the dental surgeon performing the treatment and it also includes a 3D CBVT. As such, we require a credit card number as security to hold your appointment. In the event you do not arrive or provide us 72 hours notice, a  cancellation fee will be charged (despite the fact that the consultation was supposed to be complimentary). Rest assured your credit card information will be removed after your consultation. 

Who Will you see?

Dr. Sae Mi Bok whom exclusively deals with dental implant surgeries, gum/bone grafting procedures, advanced crowns and reconstructions. 

Payment Plans

Your treatment journey with us starts with a free consultation. We can then discuss payment options to help make treatment affording. 

Even advanced work such as Full mouth rehabilitation can be completed from $135 per week.

Opening Times

Whist our dental clinic is open 7-Days per week, Dr. Sae Mi Bok is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays. 

Full day surgical procedures can be booked during other days on a case-by-case basis. 

Extended Opening hours - 7 Days a week!

Monday - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday - 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday - 10:00am - 7:00 pm
Friday - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday - 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Public Holidays - Closed

QIP Accreditation

This helps give our patients undergoing treatments at our clinic a peace of mind knowing that we have demonstrated evidence-based quality standards of care. 

Available 7 days

If you have an urgent problem or an Emergency, call us on (07) 3399 6288. We will almost always be available to help out as times are reserved every day for dental emergencies.

Friendly Staff

All our staff are locally trained and reside in the local community. Experience our friendly and caring team!

Payment plans available

Dental Loans from $2,000 up to $50,000. Get your dental treatment from as little as $20 a week (for a $2,000 loan)

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