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Dental Implants

Dental Implants or Tooth Implants rehabilitation, due to its reliability, predictability and aesthetics has been widely accepted both by dentists and patients, for,

Single Tooth Implant in conjunction with porcelain crowns is one of the best permanent replacements options for a hopelessly damaged, diseased or irreparably compromised teeth that need extraction.

If you need multiple teeth replaced, you may not need an implant for each missing tooth. Depending on the bone you have available, we can fabricate a bridge replacing several teeth supported by few implants.

This treatment allows patients to regain the teeth they have lost and enjoy improved appearance, function and quality of life. This procedure provides ‘new teeth’ for people who have lost natural adult teeth.

All our treatments are carried out using state-of-the-art equipment in modern facilities with the assistance of a well trained and friendly team.
Sterilisation and infection control practices at our dental clinic are subject to the highest quality standards for the health, wellbeing and safety of patients, employees and practitioners.

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What is a Dental Implant?

It is a prosthetic replica of a tooth that takes the place of a missing tooth and consist of two parts: a root inserted into the patient’s jawbone and a crown that functions and looks like a real tooth. 

The root portion works as a screw, so it holds without requiring any adhesives.
As implants are made of titanium and titanium alloys which are biocompatible with the body, it will eventually bond with a patient’s jawbone to form a base as stable as the root it replaces.

It is one of the most reliable and predictable procedures in dentistry and when performed by a formally trained and experienced dental implant surgeon like Dr Alps Thakkar who has a deep theoretical understanding of the subject matter and a practical implementation expertise to execute the procedure, achieving desired outcomes becomes possible.

Dental Implant Types

They are typically shaped like a cylinder or a screw are placed within the bone and are the most popular option however for this to be the desired choice adequate bone depth and width is a prerequisite.

We place them underneath the gum line, but on top of the bone, it consists of a metal framework, and we usually recommend it for patients with an inadequate depth of the bone.

It consists of a U-shaped frame or a metal pin that passes into the mouth through the gum tissue and the jawbone.

Dental implant vs Dentures vs Dental Bridge

I recommend dental implants to patients who have difficulty biting and chewing with their dentures. An implant can withstand nearly similar bite and chew pressures that natural teeth can.

If you have a space in your jaw without a tooth, you’re at risk for bone loss and movement of adjacent and opposing teeth. This area will cause the natural teeth adjacent to the space to become malaligned or loose, causing further tooth loss and loss of functional bite.
The natural teeth supporting the bridge may also need root canal treatment if the misalignment is significant or there is caries in future needing replacement of the bridge and added cost.
If this is the case with you, you might be much better off undertaking the procedure.

Tooth implant cost may seem to be a prohibiting factor in choosing implant as your first preferred option, however, over the long horizon, compared to dentures or dental bridges they may be a more economical alternative. 

Compared to a dental bridge in many instances, the cost might be similar, but the chief difference from a health standpoint would be that the bridge may require the cutting of teeth on either side of the recess whereas a dental implant would be independent of those adjacent teeth and would stand alone. 

Multiple Teeth Missing

In this case, I often recommend dental implants. Without a set of implants, the missing teeth will cause a significant bone loss in your jaw, which will cause your cheeks to look hollow—even collapsed. There is also a reduction in the vertical height of face as the bite collapses and can affect your appearance and may need further treatment to gain lost vertical height thereby adding time and cost to your long-term teeth replacement options.
Tooth Implants will restore the full function of your mouth, just as if you had a set of natural teeth thus enabling a confident smile.

Tooth Implant Procedure

Thorough treatment planning is the key to a successful implant procedure, and this is where dentists who have received formal training and education outshine those dentists who have not.
For any surgical procedure, a broad knowledge of both the theoretical and clinical implications is not only vital but is of immense significance to ensure successful long-term results.

The procedure of inserting a single dental implant takes approximately 1-2 hours.

A routine dental implant procedure involves three stages: Surgical stage, Impression stage, Crown insertion stage.

After administering anaesthesia, the gum is incised to prepare the surgical site to place the implant.

Next, Dr Alps Thakkar will drill a hole in the bone known as the osteotomy site at just the right depth and width as treatment planned on an advanced 3D software to accommodate the new tooth.

The threaded implant is then carefully screwed into the prepared site with adequate torque. The stability test is done at the time of implant placement to determine a single stage or two stage surgery.

If the implant is sufficiently stable (RFA reading more than 70) a healing abutment is placed, and gums are stitched up to allow healing around the abutment collar. If the stability is below 70, Dr Alps Thakkar puts a cover screw, and the implant is buried in the bone to allow healing in an undisturbed environment to let it heal for a second stage surgery.

About a week or 10 days later, you’ll come in for a review visit to have your stitches removed. During the next few weeks and months, you’ll need to allow your gums to heal and your implant to integrate with your jaw bone. This process is called “Osseointegration.”

Your body treats the new implant as if it were a new tooth, wrapping it in gum tissue and bone, just like nature itself.

If the tooth is in a readily visible location, we will fit a provisional crown on the same day.

We will then leave the temporary crown in place while the tissue grows around your implant.

After the bone has integrated around your implant and has grown strong enough to support natural tooth function, we will take custom impressions for you to fabricate the abutment and crown to match the rest of your dentition. X-rays are taken during the impression stage to confirm accurate fit of the planned prosthesis. A custom made abutment will connect your implant to your crown. This abutment can be cement-retained or screw retained depending on each case.

A healing abutment is placed at this stage to allow your gums to contour around the abutment collar to have a natural tooth-like appearance emerging from your gums.

Dr Alps Thakkar & her team pay rigorous attention to detail while shade matching to provide you will natural looking teeth-like crown for your dental implant. It is attached to the abutment is either screwed in or cemented with a strong cement, post that, we take your baseline X-ray to make sure that everything is in the correct place.

Immediate Tooth Replacement

Traditionally, tooth implant procedure was associated with a complicated surgical procedure and was performed by us in a couple of stages.
After installing the implants, they were left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone.
During the healing period, we gave the patient a temporary denture until we inserted the new teeth at the next stage.
In some cases, particularly patients who had required bone grafting, a denture could not be worn for an extended period to prevent damage to the implant and grafted bone during healing.
Today, modern implant surgical techniques and highly evolved implant designs allow most patients to have fixed teeth fitted within a few days of the surgery.
Everything is pre-planned, and a detailed workup is done before the surgery to design your smile.
After Dr Alps Thakkar places the implants, teeth are set in wax and tried in your mouth for aesthetic adjustments.
You get to approve your teeth before we finish.

Dental Implants Questions

Tooth loss can occur due to – tooth decay and gum disease, besides trauma to the face, accidents and impacts.
If you have lost a tooth or in the process of losing a tooth, there’s a higher chance that it may happen again in the future with your other remaining teeth.
Rarely missing teeth can be due to genetic reasons.
A proactive preventative approach is always better than needing to find a cure later, so be sure to make an appointment for an evaluation if you believe there may be an underlying problem.

While it may seem reasonable for some to assume and not to see the impact of a single lost tooth initially, however, it affects the entire functioning of the mouth over a period.
When a person loses a tooth, the jawbone where that tooth was embedded will become non-functional, thus deteriorating it.
With time, if the condition is not remedied then the adjacent teeth risk tilting in the gap.
Also, with nothing to bite against, it may cause the tooth in the opposite jaw to start growing out of the gum.
If the missing tooth is in the smile area, most people will consider it very unattractive impacting on the appearance of the face.

Patients who choose to get dental implants will notice that the function of the jawbone will return to near natural post the procedure and the healing as it will stimulate the jawbone, just like regular teeth.
You can also prevent future problems by replacing the missing tooth with dental implants by ensuring the bone does not becomes unstable, causing other teeth to shift potentially.  

Tooth Implants can function and feel like your natural teeth however in rare cases for patients with multiple underlying conditions; it may be difficult to achieve those results as compared to a patient without such conditions.
The underlying bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone, we may need to add a further procedure called bone augmentation or bone grafting.
Also, adjacent teeth and surrounding tissues near the area of implant placement must be in good health.

Here’s where dental implants shine. Just like you do with your natural teeth, you can clean your implanted teeth with regular toothpaste and toothbrush & dental floss. Implants never need adhesives to keep them in place. Your jaw and gum tissue will grow around the implant to secure it in place. I do caution my patients, though: Treat your implants like you would your real teeth. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, they, too, will develop plaque and calculus deposits that can lead to gum disease.
Gum disease, of course, can cause bleeding, sore gums, infection, bone loss and loss of implants, and bone loss. So take care of them, and they will last for years or decades to come.

The first procedure that implanted artificial teeth into a patient’s jaw was in 1965. They were safe then, and the technology has only improved since that time.
Dental implants integrate well with the body; they are one of the safest surgical procedures in dental medicine today.

Complications and risks are sparse, and if they occur can be managed efficiently. If unusual symptoms are experienced anytime during your recovery, it’s vital that you call our office immediately and book a review appointment. If you experience a rare complication, an early diagnosis and treatment will ensure a quicker recovery.

Risks and complications may include:
Damage to nerves, blood vessels, or adjoining teeth, bruising, swelling, 
infection, sinus issues if the implants in your upper jaw enter your sinus cavities,
rejection of the new implant, usually correctable with another implant
Remember, a trained surgeon is vital to mitigate the above issues, Dr Thakkar has extensive expertise in the subject matter and is capable of reducing above risks and complications and taking precautions during treatment planning and surgery to ensure that they do not even crop up in the first place.

If you have a condition that makes you more susceptible to infections, Dr Alps Thakkar may prescribe antibiotics that can help you resist that.

Occasionally, implants fail to integrate with the bone or, in common parlance, they get rejected, i.e. sometimes the jawbone will reject & the implant will fail to Osseointegrate.
If this happens, in most instances, they are replaced with another implant, usually of a slightly larger size, and the problem is solved, or else we will reassess the case as needed.
A few other complications, such as gum infections or breaking of the implant, are rare complications and account for less than 5% of all dental implant related problems.
However, till date, we have had a huge success ratio, thanks to the rigorous treatment planning processes employed and the skilful execution of the procedure by Dr Alps Thakkar.

Dental Implant companies are in the hundreds, and each has their positives and negatives. However, we only offer High-Quality Dental Implant treatment from well-known world brands to all our patients.

Over the years we have found that the system that has proven most successful aesthetically and functionally with a fantastic track record and backed with long-term independent scientific publications & studies are the following.
Nobel Biocare, Straumann & Denstply.

There are much cheaper alternatives too. However, we function with the philosophy that the patient is entrusting us with their well being and we must only use the best products to ensure desired outcomes, not just in the short term but over a long time horizon.

No two patients are the same. Thus it depends on several factors:
How quickly can you schedule your dental implant surgery after your initial appointment?
How efficiently your implant integrates into the surrounding bone and tissue?
How long it takes for your implant to support biting, chewing, and all of the other regular tooth functions?
The answers to the above are entirely dependant on how well your body adapts and accepts the procedure.
In general, you can count on about a three to six months’ time after the surgery for your implant to fuse with your jawbone and the surrounding tissue.

Make an appointment with our dental office, and I’ll be happy to evaluate whether your situation is suitable for an implant.
In general, adults whose bones have grown fully–if they haven’t lost too much bone due to tooth loss or other conditions—can enjoy successful implants.
If you smoke, I’ll advise you to quit before, during, and after the procedure, since smoking can prevent your implant from integrating with your jawbone and gums. It also impedes healing.
If you’re pregnant and want general anaesthesia, you may choose to undertake the procedure post delivery, since anaesthetics can cross the placenta into the baby’s body.
You will need to spend some time with us while we assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
The three most important aspects of eligibility are:
You must have a reasonable amount of dense bone tissue in your jaw,
You must not have periodontal disease (this is a form of gum disease), and
You must not be a smoker, or at least be willing to give up smoking.

Accurately fill in the form, that we will provide you, the details of your dental and medical history and any medications or prescriptions you might be taking.
Certain conditions may require that I take additional precautions during the surgery, hence the accuracy of the data is essential. Medications, particularly blood-thinning medications, can cause complications. If you are allergic to antibiotics, have had an adverse reaction to an anaesthetic, or have any other conditions that might impact your surgery do let me know and filling those details in the medical history questionnaire. I’ll also conduct extensive diagnostic tests to help me plan the best approach for your treatment. These will include photographs, x-rays, impressions, and CT scans.

You will undergo the procedure under local anaesthetic.
Like any other surgery, discomfort can occur for a short period postoperatively.
Dr Alps Thakkar will prescribe you painkillers for the initial healing period.

In many instances, implant surgery is done in the chair and under local anaesthesia only.  Your GP can provide you with Valium if necessary, we can organise for a request letter to your GP.

Also, an Intravenous sedation for nervous patients may be sufficient and can be made available at our clinic or in Day-surgery centres.

However, you can choose to place implants in the mouth under general anaesthetic.

If you choose to have the procedure under general anaesthetic, then we can accommodate your request.

Like with any surgery, you’ll have some soreness & mild pain and bruise for a few days. In some patients, the pain is more intense, to get relief from that, I can prescribe medication that can help you feel better. Persistent discomfort is rare, but on review appointments, we can check to see that that any issues if present is taken care of, and healing is underway.

Eating soft food is recommended during the first two weeks after your implant surgery. Introduce harder and chewier foods slowly. It may take around three months before you can eat hard, crunchy foods. Give it time. Remember, your implant is a long-term commitment. A full mouth of functional, beautiful teeth is an effort and endeavour well worth considering. After your implant has healed, you can enjoy eating most of the food you like eating but remember that an implant does not have a periodontal ligament to act as cushion or sense if the food is too hard, be cautious. Like with natural teeth, though, I recommend that you brush your teeth—or at least rinse them—as soon as possible after a meal, mainly if you have consumed sugary or acidic foods.

Recommended Food and Drinks: 
– Juice, water, milk, coffee, tea.
– Oatmeal, cream of wheat, yoghurt.
– Scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, and applesauce.
– Home cooked broth, bouillon, soups.
– Ground meat, baked or broiled fish, broiled or stewed chicken (finely chopped).
– Macaroni and cheese, soft bread, roasted or mashed potatoes.
– Jell-O, puddings, pound cake, milkshakes, ice cream.

Provided that you practise good oral hygiene, and attend regular recalls as recommended, the implant itself should last throughout your lifetime. The crown or bridge, though, will start to wear out after 5 five to 15 years. If you care for your new teeth well, the length of time will be at the more extended end of the spectrum

Countless options exist when it comes to choosing the dental laboratory making the actual crown. However, each comes with varying levels of standards and experience.
Beware of claims that the work is being contracted to a local laboratory, as most of the time these labs pass on the job to mass production centres in other countries to save costs.
We only work with Australian owned laboratories that have given outstanding quality work over a period and our selected dental ceramist ensure meticulous attention to detail while crafting the crown to get you the best predictable outcome!

1. No Incision & Less Pain: The lack of stitches during Implant surgery does not influence the amount or absence of pain afterwards the operation. Pain is infrequent after Implant Surgery and the stitches used are always dissolvable.
2. No Bleeding after Digital Surgery: Bleeding after Digital Surgery is practically minimum and usually non-existent
3. No Damage to surrounding Nerves and Teeth
Damage is possible to occur even with Digital Implant Surgery. Hence it is very Important to have Surgery with an experienced Surgeon like Dr Thakkar.
4. Total Treatment Time Decreases and Recovery is Faster than conventional methods:
Both traditional & Digital Implant Surgery treatments need same waiting time for the next phase and Osseointegration.

As the name suggests, Mini Dental Implant is small dental implants used instead of a traditional, larger dental implants.
Some dentists use it in the instance of medical, financial or anatomical reasons.
Because mini dental implants are smaller than traditional implants, they cannot take the chewing forced that a conventional implant can, so they are not suitable to replace molars.
Mini Implants are more fragile than regular implants and used to be the treatment of choice especially in the past but not any longer due to low success rates in the long term and the many limitations associated with it.

All countries have different regulations concerning dental and medical treatment procedures. Australia, amongst developed countries, has one of the highest standards of dentistry and infection control anywhere in the world.
Developing countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa and others often have comparatively less stringent training, health and safety regulations as compared to Australia.
Consequently, the costs saved, associated with maintaining high standards for hygiene, sterilisation and training for the overseas operatory gets passed on to the visiting dental tourism patients.
However, you need to question and ask yourself whether that money saved is worth it and are you willing to take that risk of infection or substandard treatment.
Australian regulations also mandate ongoing training and registration requirements for dentists which keep them up to date with not only the latest advancements in treatment procedures but also for sterilisation and hygiene.
Apart from infection risks, if an implant fails due to fracture or infection, redoing it will cost a whole lot more and will be a far more painful experience due to increased complexity.

Dental Implant Prices

Dental implants’ cost varies by procedure. For a single implant without complications, the average price would range between 4000-6000$.
In some patients due to associated complexity requiring the use of grafts, dental implants’ prices can rise depending on the type of graft used.
Anaesthesia choice also can impact the overall treatment cost.

If you have a health fund, check with them the following health fund item number rebates:
015 : Consultation – extended
684: Insertion of the first stage of the two-stage endosseous implant – per implant
691: Second stage surgery of two-stage endosseous implant – per implant
633: Provisional implant abutment – per abutment
631: Provisional crown
661: Fitting of implant abutment – per abutment
672: Full crown attached to osseointegrated implant – veneered – indirect

Considerations That May Affect Costs

1) We quote you for both parts of the dental implant together, i.e. The titanium fixture which gets inserted into the jawbone and the porcelain/ Zirconia crown.

2) The number of actual implants required as you do not need an implant for every missing tooth.
A general guide as a basis for determining how many implants you may require:
Single Implant can replace 1-2 teeth
Two implants can replace 2-4 teeth
Four to Six implants can replace for up to 12 teeth

3) The complexity of the individual’s situation as everyone is different, and some patients will require more or less work, such as missing tooth vs tooth needing removal or complicated vs simple bone grafting, which will add to the cost.

4) The brand of Implant and the research behind the success of the implant company as there is multiple newer implant system with limited study & success history. It’s a great idea to do plenty of research on the country you plan to travel to regarding the dental care.
Pay particular attention to the technology available, labour costs, and variations in the laboratory and material costs.

If cost is a concern, the good news is that we provide patients with a payment plan.
We also offer an obligation-free consult and a second opinion as our primary mission is to make implant surgery affordable and accessible for everyone, nobody should receive inadequate dental care.

A dental implant will be an investment in the well being of your future self.
We understand that patients can feel nervous and phobic about dental procedures and also possibly about a tooth extraction or a dental implant, due to adverse childhood experiences, fear of injections or anxiety.
We identify your concerns and use our years of experience in treating nervous patients. We know that safe and painless dentistry performed by a gentle dental surgeon is crucial to excellent dentistry and Dental Implants.
Dental Implant Dentist Dr Alps Thakkar will collaborate with you to ensure that you feel confident and comfortable, with the full knowledge of what your procedure will involve by giving you detailed information of every single step required.

Remember, though; your implant can last a lifetime if looked after well. Evaluate your financial investment over the years, and you’ll realise you’re getting a bargain. The value of having fully functional teeth—it’s priceless.

I’ve decided to undergo the procedure. What do I do next?

A dental implants procedure involves surgery. As such, it’s crucial that you undergo the treatment with a well-qualified dentist trained in Implant procedure to handle all the processes before, during, and after your implant surgery. 

Having earned a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in the Oral Implants from the University of Sydney, I have extensive training and experience in the field, both in the surgical as well as the restorative aspects of it.

Implant dentistry is my passion, and I have honed my skills over the last decade, and I have developed extensive expertise in the field by attending regular training and continuing development courses to keep up-to-date of all the latest advances in implant technology, including for All on 4 and Zygomatic Implants. I pay particular focus on treatment planning, using advanced software so that I can iron out issues beforehand and the surgery goes smoothly without any surprises.

I want to make sure you have all of the data available to make an informed decision so you can emerge from my office with a healthy smile that will last for years to come.

Dental Implants Complimentary​ Consultation

We offer an obligation free complimentary consultation if you are considering undergoing the treatment. Visit us to find out about our technology, philosophy and to understand if you are the right candidate for the Dental Implant Treatment.
We bring you a step closer to your smile quicker than you may think.