FAQ

Dental Implant Patient Journey

You are a good can­di­date for den­tal implants if you

  • Are in good health
  • Have healthy gums
  • Have enough bone to anchor the implants in the jaw
  • Are com­mit­ted to tak­ing care of the implant­ed teeth with reg­u­lar brush­ing and flossing

    Con­sul­ta­tion and Planning

    If you are inter­est­ed in a den­tal implant and your gen­er­al health is good you may be a suit­able can­di­date, the next step is to see if your jaw bones and mouth can sup­port an implant. We do this by digi­tis­ing the shape of these struc­tures. First small small X‑rays and pho­tos may be tak­en of the jaws and the sur­round­ing teeth at your con­sult appoint­ment. Next an intra oral scan of your mouth is made . This is a series of quick pho­to like” images which are stitched togeth­er by the com­put­er, com­plet­ing a dig­i­tal 3D impres­sion of your mouth in a mat­ter of min­utes. We use an I tero dig­i­tal intra oral scan­ner for this.

    Next a 3D X ray — a CT scan — show­ing the amount and qual­i­ty of your jaw­bone is tak­en This is tak­en at the Alice Springs Hos­pi­tal X ray department.

    Then a plan­ning meet­ing is held with Implant Concierge. At this meet­ing the impor­tant jaw struc­tures are exam­ined and mea­sured to see if there is enough healthy bone to sup­port a den­tal implant in a good posi­tion for your chew­ing or smil­ing. And to make sure it’s not in the way of any vital struc­tures best left alone. This plan­ning is in 3D and uses the most advanced tech­nolo­gies available.

    If you are a good can­di­date and you decide to go ahead with den­tal implants, this planned infor­ma­tion is trans­ferred to your mouth by a guide used at the time of den­tal implant placement.

    Surgery

    The implant is usu­al­ly posi­tioned in the jaw in a minor key-hole surgery in the den­tal chair under ster­ile con­di­tions and just local anaes­thet­ic. Patients often com­ment that the pro­ce­dure was much eas­i­er than they thought it would be, and much more straight for­ward than oth­er den­tistry they have had done in the past.

    After the Implant is Placed

    The root part of the implant ‑the implant fix­ture- is left to heal. The jaw bone grows onto the implant fix­ture and the gums around it mature. This is a nat­ur­al heal­ing process that can­not be hur­ried. The time for heal­ing depends on your per­son­al health and jaw bones, it is usu­al­ly 3 months.

    Mak­ing your tooth/​teeth

    Once the implant fix­ture is secure in the jaw bone we can make the implant sup­port­ed tooth or teeth. This is usu­al­ly done in two short den­tal visits.

    In the first we col­lect infor­ma­tion using the dig­i­tal scan­ner again, and the sec­ond we deliv­er the tooth. We use a scan body to show our part­ner tech­ni­cians the exact posi­tion of the new implant in rela­tion to the rest of your mouth. Pho­tos and tooth colour match­ing will also be done.

    The den­tal Tech­ni­cians use CAD CAM tech­nol­o­gy to design and make a pros­thet­ic tooth or teeth for you which is accu­rate­ly fit­ting and aes­thet­i­cal­ly optimal.

    Our tech­ni­cal sup­port is pro­vid­ed by Aus­tralian tech­ni­cians from Race Den­tal Lab­o­ra­to­ry in Cas­tle Hill, NSW. This fam­i­ly owned and oper­at­ed busi­ness is com­mit­ted to excel­lence in their field and lead the indus­try in Dig­i­tal Den­tistry solu­tions, they pro­vide 100% Aus­tralian made, TGA approved mate­ri­als with writ­ten war­ran­ty back up. Dr Ali­son Wiss­man has worked with Race Den­tal since 2014.

    The sec­ond appoint­ment, your tooth is deliv­ered onto your den­tal implant. These new teeth look like real teeth, they are fixed to the jaw­bone. They feel like real teeth and they func­tion like real teeth.

    Before

    After


    Long term care

    It is real­ly impor­tant to keep your den­tal implants and the gum tis­sues around them healthy. Brush­ing, floss­ing and inter­den­tal brush­ing will be need­ed to pro­tect them. We also recom­ment reg­u­lar check ups for implants – just like your real teeth.