If you need a permanent, reliable solution to replacing your missing teeth, get dental implants at Springvale Dental Smiles in Springvale, VIC. Our highly trained, well-equipped dental and orthodontic professionals provide natural-looking dental implants that we guarantee will blend perfectly with your teeth.

The process might seem daunting. However, you can rest at ease knowing that our team will support you every step of the way.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Medical advancements have paved the way for the development of modern tooth-replacement solutions. These days, patients can choose from among dental implants, bridges, and dentures to find the best solution for their mouths.

While dental implants cost more than other dental prostheses, or tooth substitutes, they also offer several unique advantages that justify the steep price tag.

First, dental implants have a realistic, natural-looking finish. Not many people would be able to differentiate quality dental implants from natural teeth.

Second, implants feel comfortable. Unlike other prostheses, well-maintained implants will never hamper your ability to chew or speak. They function exactly like natural teeth.

Third, dental implants are a permanent, long-term tooth replacement solution. If you observe good dental care and never miss scheduled checkups, your dental implants will last upward of two to three decades.

Who can get dental implants?

If you want to use dental implants as your replacement teeth, you need to have:

  • At least one completely missing tooth
  • Sufficient bone structure to secure implants
  • A fully developed jawbone
  • Healthy oral tissues and bones that can adequately recover from surgeries
 

Patients are not eligible for dental implants if they:

  • Smoke or chew tobacco
  • Have pre-existing diseases preventing bone and oral tissue recovery
  • Do not want to undergo invasive surgery
 

If you find yourself on the fence about getting dental implants, our team Springvale Dental Smiles can help. Please schedule a consultation so we can assess what prosthesis suits you best.

Will getting dental implants hurt?

At Springvale Dental Smiles, we use high-quality anaesthesia to completely numb the dental implant site, thus making the procedure as painless as possible.

We will also assess your threshold for pain before starting. Those with a high pain tolerance can proceed with local anaesthesia, while sensitive patients who have never undergone previous dental surgery might require general anaesthesia.

Following the operation, you will likely feel pain and discomfort around the dental implant site in your jaw. The degree of pain you experience depends on your threshold. To help control the pain, we will prescribe over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medication, which will vary from patient to patient.

How should I prepare for dental implant surgeries?

When it comes to dental implants, we at Springvale Dental Smiles put patient safety at the forefront of our services. We always conduct full-scale checkups and consultations before beginning any operation.

During initial consultations, our team will assess your overall oral health. Patients with damaged, decaying teeth will have to get a tooth extraction, while those with soft jawbones will likely need bone grafting.

What should I expect when getting dental implants?

We follow a streamlined process to fit and place dental implants properly.

First, we will make a small incision in your gums where we will insert the dental implant.

After inserting the implant, we will clean the site, then prescribe the necessary medication to help you recover as quickly and painlessly as possible.

The time necessary for the implant to merge properly with the jawbone varies from patient to patient, but in most cases, recovery spans anywhere from three to six months. Make sure to come in for your routine checkups. We need these appointments to assess whether your dental implant site is healing correctly and if you need to undergo any specialized treatment plans.

Once the dental implant site fully heals, we can proceed with the final step of the process: placing the abutment. This step permanently bonds your implant for better durability.

After placing the abutment, your mouth is ready for the dentist to install a crown atop it. The dental crown is the actual artificial tooth, usually of porcelain and metal, that we create to match the shape and bite of your original tooth.

Does health insurance cover dental implants?

Most standard health insurance policies do not cover dental implants. However, policy owners who have boosted their policies with the necessary riders and endorsements might find a way to get reimbursement of around 50% of the entire procedure’s cost.

Make sure to review your policy beforehand. Request any clarifications and do not shy away from seeking advice from our helpful staff.

Springvale, VIC, patients can reach out to us at Springvale Dental Smiles to learn more about dental implants. Please book a consultation with our dental clinic today on (03) 9546 1127.