At National Dental Care Merrimac, we’ve been caring for the Gold Coast community for over 30 years. In that time, we’ve seen advances in dental technology open the doors to new treatment options. Our Gold Coast dental practice focus is on providing our patients with the best possible preventative and restorative dental options.
Recent advances in implant technology have allowed us to restore dental health and quality of life to many of our patients with dental implants. What was once a complicated and painful procedure is now a simple and pain-free way to restore your smile. We find that explaining the process of dental implants for our Gold Coast patients helps alleviate anxieties and allows you to look forward to a healthier, fresher smile.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth used to replace missing natural teeth. Because the tooth has no root, your dental surgeon will insert a surgical-grade titanium fixture into the jawbone to hold the implant in place.
Because your natural bone and gum tissue surrounds dental implants, they’re a better alternative to dentures or bridges, especially if the teeth around the bridge or denture are heavily-filled and weak.
You can take care of your implanted teeth the same way as your natural teeth. Just like natural teeth, if you neglect your implant it can be affected by plaque and gum infections and may result in implant failure. Regular preventative care is essential as with all teeth.
Implants aren’t suitable for everyone. Children under 17 years, smokers, people with active tooth decay or gum disease, pregnant women and people with some medical conditions or those with certain physical or psychological conditions should check with their Gold Coast dentist. Your Merrimac dentist will perform a comprehensive dental examination and guide you through your options and treatment plan.
Your implant procedure generally only requires local anaesthesia however it can be done under general anaesthetic if needed, so you don’t feel a thing. It’s normal to have a little bit of bruising and tenderness after the implant procedure but within a week, it should all have cleared. Your dental surgeon will run you through what you can expect to feel after and what actions to take in order to manage the pain. Our team is here to answer any questions and alleviate any anxieties you may have. Your comfort is our priority.