We asked Dr. David Chua frequently common questions about dental implants and whether it’s the right treatment for patients with tooth problems. Read on to learn more.
A dental implant is a titanium fixture that is secured into your jawbone in order to support artificial teeth.
The implants that we use at Generations Dental are made of titanium and are manufactured in Germany.
Generally, yes. However, like any other treatment options, there are risks associated with implant therapy. However, with proper planning, these risks can be identified and mitigated.
Usually, when patients are 21 years or older, they can consider implant therapy appropriate to replace a lost tooth. Implants are commonly placed from 8 – 12 weeks from when a tooth is removed. Sometimes it may be prudent to delay the implant therapy for 6 months after tooth extraction. It may also be possible, depending on the individual case, to place an implant immediately after a tooth extraction.
If good regular home care is provided and implants are maintained and monitored regularly by a dental professional, these implants can last for over 20 years.
An implant can fail for various reasons:
These are risks that need to be assessed, considered, and discussed prior to implant therapy.
There are usually 3 visits involved in placing the implant:
Sometimes an additional 4th visit is required if the implant is initially not fitted tightly enough it to be secured.
The actual implant surgery will take between 1 to 2 hours in the dental chair. There are subsequent visits usually take 30 minutes to 1 hour each.
Proper care for dental implants involves:
Don’t hesitate to call us on (03 9848 9422) or book a dental implant consultation appointment with one of our dentists.
Dr. David graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999. In 2003, he returned to the University of Melbourne to complete his Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry, majoring in restorative dentistry. He trained under specialist endodontists, prosthodontists, and periodontists for a year before completing his fellowship in RACDS in 2004.
Prior to moving to Doncaster, Dr. David practiced in Williamstown for 17 years. Highly experienced in general dentistry, he also enjoys the challenges of orthodontics, endodontics and implantology. For him, the best part about the job is getting to know his patients and being able to see them grow and move along in life over many years. In his free time, Dr. David enjoys spending time with family and friends, being involved in the Rotary Club, and serving in his community church.