Dental Implants

Dental implants are an ideal replacement option for missing teeth and can now be performed right here at Carina Plaza Dental.

What is an implant?

Dental implants are a fixed replacement for missing teeth. They are a durable and more permanent option, and they also feel and look like natural teeth! Dental implants are placed in the jaw bone by a titanium post, which can now be performed here at Carina Plaza Dental! These posts provide a stable base for an artificial replacement tooth, such as a crown. The crown is made by a dental technician which is then placed on the implant abutment by us.

What is involved in the procedure?

To ensure that dental implants are right for you, an initial consultation will be conducted to examine your teeth, gums, and evaluate your bone density and quantity. This consultation may also require x-rays and other scans to determine where the implant will be placed.

The following appointment will involve placement of the implant post into the bone. Once in place, a cap is then placed on top to protect the area while the site heals and the dental implant anchors to the jaw bone. The healing process may take up to 6 months.

Following this procedure, the dentist will then attach what’s called an abutment, which holds the crown to the implant. Here a temporary crown will then be placed. This temporary crown serves as a template for the permanent crown as guide the gum as it shapes around it in a natural way. This process is then completed when a permanent crown in then made and placed on the implant.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I see the dentist?

We recommend 6 monthly visits to help maintain your teeth and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Regular preventative and maintenance examinations allows us to diagnose any dental conditions that may arise, and when picked up early enough means that treatment is much simpler and less costly.

How can I improve my oral hygiene?

To ensure your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible, we recommend regular check ups, along with flossing and brushing twice daily. Limiting the use of mouthrinses, sugary foods, and tobacco products will contribute to maintenance of good oral hygiene.

What is included in a check up and clean?

The purpose of these appointments is to prevent any dental conditions and maintain the health of your teeth. We assess your medical history and discuss any problems or concerns that you may have with your dental health. Next we assess your teeth, gums and all areas of the mouth to ensure they are healthy. A thorough scale and clean will be done, followed by fluoride treatment. X-rays may also be taken at your initial visit with us, which are then updated every two years after that.

If I have a tooth ache or broken a tooth outside of your business hours, what should I do?

If you are having problems or concerns with your teeth, please call the practice and leave a message with your name and contact details, and our friendly staff will return your call the following business day. We can provide our patients with same day appointments for all tooth related emergencies. In the meantime, it is important to try and avoid the area as much as possible, including eating or drinking any hot or cold items as they may make your symptoms worse.

I have private health insurance, how do I claim my treatment?

Here at Carina Plaza Dental, we support a variety of health funds, and are also preferred providers for BUPA and HCF. For your convenience, we have HICAPS terminals to make instant claims. We simply swipe your health fund card, authorise the claim and the gap can then be paid either by cash, card, or cheque.