Your general dentist will often refer you to us for advice or treatment when:
The first visit includes finding out about the problems, identifying their causes and coming up with several possible solutions. Further tests and specialist referrals might be necessary in order to clearly identify the causes. The prosthodontist can direct and coordinate these referrals, as necessary.
As early as possible. Although it is possible to advise you of costs over the phone, it is not possible to provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that relates to your specific issues, without seeing you first. Costs are always discussed at this consultation before commencement of any treatment.
You will keep seeing your general dentist for continuing treatment and maintenance. The prosthodontic or surgical treatment might be short, or continue over a longer time period that also requires monitoring. Your particular requirements will be discussed at your first visit.
There are some essential questions you should ask yourself when you are considering taking out insurance cover for dental treatments.
Not all Health Funds are the same and there are issues you need to consider to determine if cover is worth the price of your premium.
The Australian Dental Association has devised some questions which will assist you in deciding if you should or need to take out private health insurance cover. These questions, when examined by you, have been devised to help you answer the question as to whether insurance for dental services is worth it.
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth.
Titanium will ossify over time, physically becoming one with human bone. This is why it is used for most medical implants of plates, bolts, screws and more complicated mechanical devices such as vascular pumps and heart valves. Once the titanium implant has integrated with the bone they serve as anchors for the replacement teeth.
The success of implant-supported tooth replacement is corroborated by 20 years of clinical studies. These studies demonstrate that functionality and positive aesthetic outcomes are attained by the majority of patients with a cumulative complication rate of only 1% per year.
Whether a tooth/ teeth are lost through an accident, disease or decay, dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for nearly everyone.
Dental implants can be used when:
• A single tooth is missing – instead of a bridge
• Several teeth are missing – instead of bridges or partial dentures
• All teeth are missing or need replacement – instead of dentures
With dental implants, you can eat most foods you want, because these new teeth are strong and stable – they look and feel like your own natural teeth.
It is not unusual to be referred to a Specialist Prosthodontist or an Oral Surgeon for implant work, but it is also performed by an experienced dental surgeon if no complications are anticipated.