Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Implants

About Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the upper or lower jaw. It will bond with the bone over time and thus serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. The cost of dental implants can vary and depend on many factors, including the number of teeth that need to be replaced.

Are dental implants approved?

Absolutely. The development phase of dental implantology ended more than two decades ago. Technology is always being improved, but research studies have clearly established the effectiveness of dental implants. All dental implants are manufactured from safe, biocompatible materials. Titanium implants are inert and are not known to cause any type of rejection phenomenon. All implant devices, dental as well as medical, are regulated by agencies of the federal government.

Are dental implants successful?

With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, crowns and bridges supported by the highest quality implants of leading manufacturers. Implants are highly successful. Our statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95 percent for individual implants* – even higher for the bridges they support. Dental implants placed in our first patient 35 years ago are still functioning today!

* Results based on implants and bridges remaining and in function over a five-year period.

How much do implants cost?

The cost of dental implants for tooth replacements will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. Typically, there are costs for the surgical procedure and a separate cost for attaching the posts and constructing your replacement teeth. To obtain estimated dental costs for your implants, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you and at this stage, we will be able to advise you of an accurate cost for your procedure.

To organize a consultation to discuss your possible dental costs with one of our highly regarded team, please contact us on (03) 8845 5400 or to send us an e-mail click here. Please be aware that until a doctor is able to examine your mouth estimated costs for your dental implant procedure are difficult to make due to additional procedures that may be needed.

Who is a candidate?

Will dental implants work for me?

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The main limitation is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.

Is old age a problem?

Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.

Benefits of traditional treatment

What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a bridge?

  • Improved appearance: When you lose entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or bridge doesn’t.
  • Maintained natural teeth: With traditional practices, two teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
  • Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about. The implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after installation. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

Expected results

How will dental implants affect my life?

Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you are used to. You can continue smoking as well, if you must. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. 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.

Will my new teeth look natural?

When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations.

Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?

Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.

Treatment and care

How much time is required for an implant placement?

Traditionally, the procedure has been performed in two steps. The dentist began by installing the implant, which was left for from three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, the patient was given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown could be put in place.

Today, there is an alternative to the two-step method that allows you to have the implant installed in one whole piece in one single session. This new method has simplified the procedure a lot, both for patients and dentists.

The procedure is chosen depends on several factors, such as the patient’s dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.

Is the treatment painful?

Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Anesthesia and patient sedation are used to eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask your dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.

How will I feel after the treatment?

It is normal to have some small bruises and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.

How will I care for my implants?

Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist every sixth months, or more frequently if so advised.


What is the ICOI?

The International Congress of Oral Implantologists is the largest provider of continuing implant education in the world. The ICOI is dedicated to advancing high standards of patient care in implantology. Implantologists such as Dr. Fibishenko have extensive training and are continually being updated in the newest procedures, devices and materials through the ICOI and other societies.

Bone grafting

What is Bio-Oss®?

Bio-Oss® is a safe, effective bone graft material from specially processed bovine sources. Under the electron microscope, Bio-Oss® looks very similar to human bone. Because of its similarity to human bone, Bio-Oss® is highly successful in helping new bone to form. In many cases using Bio-Oss® eliminates the need for additional surgery to obtain your own bone to use as grafting material.

How does Bio-Oss® work?

Since Bio-Oss® is so similar to human bone, it is readily accepted by our defense mechanisms as a “friendly” graft and is therefore not rejected. Bio-Oss® acts as a framework onto which bone forming cells, blood vessels, etc. migrate. As these cells and blood vessels travel along the Bio-Oss® framework, healthy new bone is formed and the defect is repaired.

Is Bio-Oss® safe?

Since Bio-Oss® is highly purified bone, allergic reactions or infections due to Bio-Oss® are highly unlikely. Every batch of Bio-Oss® goes through highly controlled processing and sterilization procedures which remove impurities efficiently. At the end of these procedures, every batch of Bio-Oss® must pass rigorous tests for purity and sterility, assuring the high safety standard of the materials.

How long does it take for new bone to form around the Bio-Oss® graft?

Bio-Oss®, because of its similarity to human bone, is highly successful in supporting new bone growth. Although new bone will begin to form within the first few weeks after grafting, up to 6 months are required to achieve the quantity and density of bone needed for further dental or surgical procedures to be performed (time may vary. Ask your dentist about your specific case).

What is Bio-Gide®?

Bio-Gide® is a thin resorbable GBR membrane made from the natural fiber material, collagen. Often when a bone graft is needed, Bio-Gide® is placed directly over the grafted material. Bio Gide® encourages new bone to form and also prevents the growth of scar tissue into the grafted site.

How is Bio-Gide® different from other membranes?

Bio-Gide® is resorbable (melts away) and therefore, unlike membranes which do not resorb, does not need a second surgical procedure to be removed. Unlike many other resorbable membranes which tend to resorb in 4-8 weeks, Bio-Gide® lasts several months, the time required for new bone to form. And lastly, during healing, if an opening occurs in the gum tissue covering Bio-Gide®, the opening will tend to close spontaneously, allowing bone growth to continue. Removal of the Bio-Gide® membrane is almost never required.

Is Bio-Gide® safe?

Bio-Gide®, like many artificial heart valves, is composed of porcine derived collagen. Using special processing and sterilization procedures, Bio-Gide® is made highly biocompatible and sterile. Every batch of Bio-Gide® membranes undergoes a series of tests confirming its purity and sterility, assuring the safety of the materials. Bio-Gide® is not indicated for patients with a known history of allergic response to collagen or porcine derived products.