Dental implants require one or more surgical processes, for which thorough evaluation is needed.
Dental exam: This is where a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums and jawbone is done. Since the implant replicates your natural teeth in terms of shape, size, colour and bite, a model of your teeth will be made based on which the implant will take shape.
Treatment Plan: This individualised treatment plan takes into account your medical history, the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone, and how many teeth you need replaced. This plan is usually tailored to suit your specific needs and involves a variety of dental specialists, including an oral surgeon and a Periodontist.
Precautions: Do tell your doctor about any existing medical condition that you have or if you are on prescription medications. Certain conditions like cardiac problems or orthopaedic implants may require you to take antibiotics before surgery to prevent infection.
In Sydney, dental implants can be done with minimal pain. Local or general anaesthesia or sedation are usually used for numbing the pain. You will receive instructions on eating and drinking. Make sure you have someone to take you home after the surgery since you might be in pain and discomfort.