As one of the leading Sunshine Coast and Brisbane based dental implant specialist groups, Foundation Dental Services performs contemporary minimally-invasive dental implant surgery. Using only the best quality and best-researched implant and regenerative materials, we make every effort to ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. In most cases the dental implant can be placed in the dental chair.
Whether you are looking to replace missing teeth from an accident or failed conventional dental treatment; dental implants are a well-documented and widely accepted treatment option to replace missing or failing teeth.
At FDS we have placed more than 4000 dental implants over the last 20 years. The provision of dental implants has become one of our most popular procedures.
Interceptive treatment for “Peri-Implant Mucositis”& “Peri-Implantitis”
Assessment and removal (if required) of any failing implants.
Undergoing specialist dental work can make some people quite anxious, so to help calm the nerves we provide the following information to help explain the key points of this widely accepted and very successful treatment option.
Why Should I Use FDS for my implant placement?
It is wise for someone considering the placement of a dental implant to make sure they have a surgeon who is university trained in the procedure and who uses only the best quality materials. In implants – like many areas in life –“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten”. QUALITY and EXPERTISE are what you look for in an implant team.
All the dental specialists at FDS have been trained in the placement of dental implants. They have completed 7-8 years of full time study with at least two degrees to be registered with the dental board as “specialists”. They are very experienced and use only the best quality products and materials.
Every effort is made to keep the patient comfortable and informed. Pre-treatment 3-D films remove surgical risk and reduce chair time – allowing most of the planning to be completed before the placement appointment.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant allows the replacement of a missing tooth, usually using titanium to replace the root portion of the tooth, and ceramic to replace the crown. At Foundation Dental Services we use only the original and best-in-market materials direct from Switzerland with their proven results in both durability and biocompatibility.
How long do implants last?
Many of the dental implants placed in the 1970s are still in function today. There does not appear to be any reason for the titanium portion of a dental implant to routinely need replacement. The ceramic crown or bridge placed on top of the implant will be subject to normal ‘ wear and tear’ and require the same maintenance as any other dental work.
Who can benefit from a dental implant?
Dental implants can be used to replace front teeth that are lost due to trauma or sporting accidents. They can also be used to replace teeth that have failed to respond to conventional dental treatment (i.e. root canal therapy or large fillings). Uncomfortable dentures can often be stabilised by one or more dental implants. In some cases the denture can be discarded altogether. Dental implants can also be used to provide more back teeth and increase chewing comfort
How do I know if I can have an implant?
A detailed consultation appointment is the first step to help decide if a dental implant is the right choice for you. This visit will include a detailed examination of the clinical situation and a review of your dental history. Often patients are referred to our practice by another dental professional, in which case we will work together in developing any recommended procedures and treatment plans.
How is the implant placed?
Dental implants can usually be placed in the dental chair at either our Sunshine Coast or Brisbane clinic. The area is numbed up using regular dental anaesthesia just like a filling. The old tooth socket is then located and the titanium section of the implant carefully positioned to take the place of the root of the tooth. Patients often walk in and walk back out ninety minutes later with the new implant in place.
How long does the whole treatment take?
Gathering the data required to allow an implant treatment plan to be formulated may take one or two short consultations. This will involve both the FDS specialist and your general restorative dentist. An appointment will then be arranged for placement of the dental implant. A period of 6 to 12 weeks is recommended to allow the dental implant to ‘ integrate’ with the surrounding tissues. The restorative dentist will then be able to complete the crown or bridgework on top of the implant over the next 2 to 6 weeks.
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Our experience places us well up among the leading specialist groups in South-East Queensland, yet we also strive to maintain that ‘personal touch’ by being independent family owned & operated.
Will I have a gap while the dental implant is healing?
The restorative dentist will make sure that a temporary bridge or denture is available for the implant healing period. You don’ t have to worry about missing your teeth for any length of time.
Will the treatment be uncomfortable?
The anaesthetic used to place the implant is the same that is used for dental filling. After the procedure a mild analgesic (head-ache) tablet is all that is required. In a few cases a slightly stronger analgesic may be required for the first night. Most people are pleasantly surprised with how quickly the dental implant settles.
Are there any complications with implants?
The complications of dental implants are much the same as for any other minor oral surgery procedure. The detailed pre-treatment examination and radiographs (Xrays) are carried out to minimise any risk in the procedure. If there is a specific risk in your particular case it would be identified and discussed with you well before the dental implant is placed.
Will I get anything back from my health fund?
Rebates from the health funds vary significantly depending upon the fund you have chosen and your level of ancillary cover. It is wise to present a treatment plan to your fund before treatment is commenced.
How do I look after my dental implant?
Your FDS dental implant specialist will give you detailed instructions on how to monitor and care for your dental implant. Generally, the care is very similar to how you would look after your own teeth. In particular, you must keep the gums healthy with regular daily cleaning.
Once your dental implant has been placed, integrated and the crown or bridgework completed, we recommend at least annual check-ups with your general dentist or FDS clinician to ensure your implant and general oral health are well maintained. If you have any concerns following your implant procedure you can always contact our team for assessment.
To book an appointment for a dental implant consultation, please call (07) 3878 2519 for the Brisbane suburbs or (07) 5444 2800 for the Sunshine Coast.
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Our Team works in close consultation with our referring general dentists and allied health practitioners to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes - with a healthy, stable mouth the ultimate goal.