Dental Implants: Surgery, Advantages, Risks, and Insurance

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Do you have a missing tooth/ teeth? Here’s all you need to know.

20 Oct 2021

As you may have heard, dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace your missing teeth. Especially, modern implant designs are modelled specifically after natural tooth anatomy, allowing them to replicate everything from the way you eat and talk to the shape of your facial profile. If you’re considering dental implants or are about to undergo implant placement for the very first time, here are some of the most important things you’ll need to know.

A Minimally-Invasive Surgical Procedure

The truth is, dental implants are completely non-invasive to your adjacent teeth, they allow you to replace as many as you need without altering neighbouring, healthy structures. Plus, they’re minimally invasive to place. A typical, straightforward dental implant can usually be installed using only a small amount of local anaesthetic. Often, there is typically little to no gum irritation after the procedure. And since the implant is set directly inside of the bone—similar to a tooth root—the recovery requires little more than an over-the-counter pain reliever if anything at all.

Generally speaking, implant surgery is “better” for your mouth, because it leaves adjacent teeth completely intact. Therefore, no teeth need to be reshaped or cut down.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Designed to last a lifetime
  • Stronger than natural teeth
  • Options for single or multiple teeth
  • Look and feel like a regular tooth
  • Short, comfortable recovery times
  • Supportive to adjacent bone and teeth
  • Help fill out facial features, delaying premature aging (associated with tooth loss)
  • Permanently fixed into place
  • No dietary restrictions
  • No bulky, removable prosthetics to wear

Are There Any Risks Involved?

As with any dental procedure, there are minimal risks to be aware of. For example, there could be side-effects of local anaesthetic, the risk of a dry socket after a dental extraction, or an infection. 

Fortunately, with good home care and careful planning, our experienced implant dentists can help you reduce your chances of any complications. Essentially, the key is to follow your home care instructions closely, clean your mouth properly, and take any medications as directed.

At first, a thorough dental examination and medical screening will be required to rule out any potential risk factors. This could include:  medications or sinus anatomy that might interfere with implant surgery.

Insurance Coverage for Dental Implants

Initially, when dental implants first became popular, it was fairly common for insurance plans to omit them from their benefits packages. Fortunately, that’s not the case much anymore. 

Just like other routine dental procedures— extractions, root canals, or crowns—most individuals can apply their insurance benefits or health funds toward their implant treatment. At Smile Concepts, our care coordinators will work with you to estimate the coverage you’re entitled to so that you know what fees (if any) to expect. If a portion of your treatment is not covered—or you don’t have insurance—you can easily finance the remaining amount through our flexible Payment plans options.

Reserve a Consultation Today

Are you wondering if dental implants are right for you? Visit Smile Concepts located at the heart of  Sydney today! Give us a ring and our friendly staff will also tell you about our comfortable sleep dentistry options, easy financing, and more. 

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Dr Manish Shah

Dr. Manish Shah is a cosmetic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign in Sydney. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.