Dental Implants FAQ’s

Helping our patients make informed decisions about Dental Implants

At Freedom Dental, we endeavour to provide you will all the facts to dismiss the myths and help you to make an informed decision abont dental implants. Our dental team will discuss with you the clinical aspects as well as the benefits of your personalised treatment plan.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement and can actually replace teeth without compromising the quality of bordering teeth. Since they attach directly to the jawbone, implants look and feel like real teeth, and they may prevent bone loss and gum recession at the same time.

Why dental implants?

When a tooth is missing, it's not uncommon for the teeth around the gap to shift into the vacant space, sometimes causing an improper bite. Dental implants also help relieve the unnecessary pressure put on neighbouring teeth when chewing food. Aesthetically, a dental implant looks and functions like a real tooth, so it's not noticeable to others.

Whatever the case, a dental implant can be a suitable solution to replace a missing tooth. An implant anchors to your jaw bone and is finished with a crown that has been made specifically for your mouth. Dental implant treatment provides a long-term solution to missing teeth. Contact us for a complimentary initial consultation to see if you're eligible for dental implants.

Will I be left without teeth?

No, we will provide short term solutions until your permanent implants are ready to fit. Please note that charges for the temporary teeth are not included in implant prices and will be quoted separately.

Is the metal in the implant safe? Yes. The metal is Titanium and the same material used to heal broken bones

Will I experience pain or discomfort?

Pain is not common during the procedure. While undergoing treatment, you will receive local anaesthesic to numb the area. You may have mild post-surgical soreness for up to 72 hours. An over-the-counter pain relief medication may help to alleviate any discomfort. Special care will be taken to stay in contact with you after the surgery to be sure that you remain comfortable.

We aim to make your experience as comfortable as possible. We also want you to be delighted with your dental restoration. If you are apprehensive about a procedure, Freedom Dental offer a number of sedation options to help you remain relaxed.

What will the appearance of my mouth look like during my treatment?

During treatment, we provide you with a transitional prosthesis that will have the look and feel that you need during this period of healing. Please note that charges for the temporary teeth are not included in implant prices and will be quoted separately.

When can I return to work after implant surgery?

It's possible to return to work the next day after your procedure. Your clinician will discuss this with you before your procedure.

What are the costs of dental implants?

We believe in transparent pricing. You can read about our pricing structure here. We invite you to attend a complimentary consultation , so we can understand your specific situation and provide you with an accurate treatment plan and fee structure.

How long does the process take?

To complete treatment can take from 6 weeks to 9 months and in some cases, longer. It should be understood that this procedure is advanced and can be a longer process than usual to assure its success. We can absolutely provide patients with temporary teeth during this time frame. Please note that charges for the temporary teeth are not included in implant prices and will be quoted separately.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants replace the form and function of missing teeth. They support replacement teeth in virtually the same way that your natural tooth root supports your natural teeth. Various replacement options are possible:

  • can be used to replace a single tooth, so that grinding down or altering adjacent teeth is no longer necessary.
  • can be used as anchors to support a fixed bridge.
  • can support loose teeth by being splinted to them.
  • can support replacement teeth for an entirely toothless jaw.
  • can provide stability for a complete denture, thereby eliminating unsightly moving and clicking associated with dentures.

Are there any age limitations for dental implants?

Any relatively fit and healthy adult can have as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants. The treating team of dentists will be able to determine your suitability to have.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

How long does an implant last?

Dental implants are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth, however they are not permanent. Longevity depends on factors such as overall health, nutrition, oral hygiene and tobacco use. Dr John Hagiliassis, Dr Sean Hogan & Dr Tina Raj are widely sought after for their experience, skill and artistic eye when placing dental implants. We use high quality materials and employ the latest dental technology for your customised treatment. Ask us about warranties during your complimentary information session.

Does my health insurance contribute towards the funds?

It's possible your health insurance policy includes a rebate for dental implant surgery. Contact your health insurance provider for rebate information.

Is finance available?

Yes. We have MiFund and SmileChoice finance options available. For more information on interest free payment plans, please click here.

Do you provide same day treatment?

Freedom Dental wants your procedure to be as successful as possible, that's why we allow 6-12 weeks for integration and for the bone to heal properly. Any earlier timeframe may jeopardise the success of your procedure. Your treating dentist will be able to offer options based on your individual clinical condition.

What will happen without treatment?

When you lose a teeth, you gradually lose the bone that supported that tooth. As bone disappears, problems with other teeth may occur. These could include pain, mobility, and failed prosthetic teeth, sharp painful ridges, mobile gum tissue and sore spots.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.