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    Who is suitable for Dental Implants?

    There are several factors to consider in order for a patient to be suitable for Dental Implant surgery Dental Implant surgery. The patient should be in good health, have healthy gums and have sufficient jawbone to support the implants. What’s more, the patient should be committed to the surgery and able to follow post-treatment care guidelines.

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    How will I know if I am suitable for Dental Implants?

    Our dentists here at Bribie Dental will perform a series of tests to ensure that you are an exceptional candidate for Dental Implants. We will evaluate your mouth through a clinical exam as well as performing a dental x-ray to establish your potential in receiving the implants. In the exam, the dentist will be able to determine what kind of implant will work for you. The x-ray will also tell our dentists if you have enough jawbone density to support the implant.

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    Why should I wait 3 to 6 months before the implants are completely fitted?

    You need to remember that after the surgery, your jawbone and gums will still need to heal. In most cases, the healing process will take around 3-4 months. The dentist will require you to go for regular check-ups after surgery in order to oversee the healing progress of your jawbone and gums. The waiting period will vary with the quality of bone present and the place where the implants are installed.

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    Will I feel pain during surgery?

    Dental Implant Surgery is experienced with little pain and discomfort. In most cases, local anaesthetic is all that is necessary. However, if you are the type of patient who has trouble numbing or you are anxious around dentists, we can recommend IV Sedation. This will keep you relaxed throughout the procedure. We employ various pain management strategies to make this procedure as comfortable as possible

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    Should I clean around the implants after surgery?

    Yes. It is important to remember that you have to clean around the implants. This will help in preventing gum disease, which can cause the implants to fail. We will provide you with instructions on how to clean around the implants in order to ensure proper healing and prevent gum disease or infection.

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    If my implants fail, can I still get additional implants placed?

    It will depend entirely on your jawbone. If there is adequate bone left, you can still get additional implants. However, if too much damage has been done and there is not enough bone left for the implants, it may be impossible for you get additional implants. We can offer a bone grafting procedure which can increase the density of your jawbone to allow additional implants to be placed.

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    Should I get professional cleaning done by the dentist or hygienist to clean my implants?

    Periodic implant check-ups are required after surgery. The dentist will be able to sufficiently clean around the implants to promote faster healing and help prevent implant failure.

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    What are the benefits of Dental Implants?

    There are basically two main benefits that Dental Implants can give. It can be Restorative and/or Cosmetic. You gain function from your new artificial teeth which allow for full bite pressure and they will improve your aesthetic appearance.

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    How long should I be off work after surgery?

    Generally, we will recommend that you take the following day off after the surgery. This means that no strenuous exercise should be done. The gums will be slightly swollen especially around the area where the implants are placed. It is entirely up to you to decide on how much time off you need from work.