Before the Procedure
Before an implant even comes near your mouth, your Sydney implant dentist will need to examine you and make sure you’re a good candidate. A good candidate for dental implants is a non-smoker with healthy gums and good jaw bone density, among other things.
At this time, we’ll answer all your questions about dental implants, so don’t hesitate to ask. Based on the surgical details of your implant procedure, we’ll prepare a specific treatment plan and a comprehensive cost estimate. We can walk you through all the steps and every item on the estimate if you like.
Once you feel you fully understand the procedure and its costs, we will start getting ready for the procedure.
While some dentists will start by taking x-rays and impressions, your Sydney implant dentist at My Hills Dentist takes the accuracy of your implants one step further with a comprehensive suite of 3D scans for our state-of-the-art digital dental implants. These scans allow the construction of a detailed, precise digital replica of your mouth. This model allows Dr. Lee to put together the best possible surgical plan and even perform mock surgeries to ensure that the procedure is efficient and accurate when your actual mouth enters the equation.
Finally, that model will be used to 3D print a surgical guide that will enable a fast, exact surgery.
Optional Preparations: Gum Disease Treatment and Bone Grafting
Some people need additional treatment steps before we can place dental implants. Gum disease is a threat to your dental implants, just as it’s a threat to your natural teeth. If you have serious gum disease, we will want to treat it before placing your dental implant(s).
Dental implants depend on your natural bone for support. If you don’t have enough bone at an implant site, your Sydney implant dentist might recommend a bone graft. Using either artificial or natural materials, your implant dentist will encourage the growth of additional bone at the implant site.
These additional treatment steps might take from a few months up to a year to complete, depending on your oral health.