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Dental Implant FAQs

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.


How successful are dental implants?

With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95 percent for individual Nobel Biocare dental implants*, and even higher for the bridges they support. At North Sydney Dental, Dr David Jones only uses Nobel Biocare dental implants. * Results based on dental implants and dental bridges remaining and in function over a five-year period.

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are suited for patients about to lose their teeth and patients wearing full upper and or lower dentures. Dr David Jones will evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.


Who is a candidate?

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are suited for patients about to lose their teeth and patients wearing full upper and or lower dentures. Dr David Jones will evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.


How will dental implants affect my life?

Dental implant-supported replacement teeth often look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.


Is the treatment painful?

With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Anesthesia is administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.


How will I care for my dental implants?

Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by our clinic. Regular check-ups in six months, or more frequently will be advised by us.