FAQ

Q. Where are Institute for Dental Implants based?

We are based at 45 Rowntree Street, Balmain, NSW Australia.

Q. How do I settle my account?

We accept all major credit cards, cash, cheques or EFTPOS. We regret that there is no “cash out” service for EFTPOS. Accounts for IV Sedation must be settled by cheque or cash to the attending specialist on the day of the procedure.

Q What implant brands are available at Institute for Dental Implants?

We use Nobel Biocare and Astra Tech implant systems. They are made in Sweden and are one of the best implant systems on the market due to the number of independent studies/research undertaken on the longevity of the implants.

Q I have missing teeth, my local dentist does implants, what is the difference between going to my local dentist or coming to the Institute for Dental Implants.

Ultimately it is your decision however, key factors (other than price) that you should be satisfied with are:

  • the experience of your dental surgeon
  • the continual implant training received by your local dentist
  • the implant system that they are using, and
  • the post operative care that they can offer

At the Institute, we teach dental implants, we are key opinion leaders for dental implants by the industry and we have placed thousands of implants in the last decade. Know you are in good hands at the Institute for Dental Implants. Expect nothing less for your health.

Q: Does insurance cover dental implants? (Australia Only)

If you have dental insurance that covers major dental treatment, dental implants should qualify.

Q: Will I able to eat whatever I want afterwards?

Once the treatment is complete, patients should be able to eat a normal healthy diet with little or no difficulty.

Q: How long will the implants lasts?

Once treatment is complete, a routine of careful dental hygiene and regular check-ups should ensure that the implants last several years. This is a long term solution and the first ever patient that had implants had them for 41 years before he passed away.

Q: Is the treatment painful?

Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant treatment.

Q: What is the success rate of dental implants?

Recent studies show the success rates of implant placement to be approaching 90 to 98%, a very predictable result in any medical procedure.

Q: How much does the first consultation cost? Why isn’t it free?

The first consultation appointment costs $150 to $300 depending on the number of x-rays required. During this time, Dr Ho will dedicate around one hour of his time to examine your mouth and discuss your concerns to provide a real range of options available for you.
Some practices do not charge for this initial consultation, which begs the question whether you are going to be pushed down a path for an expensive treatment just so that they can recover their costs. We don’t believe in this. We prefer to give our patients an unbiased report with real options.

Q: I just had a tooth extracted, when should I get an implant to replace the missing tooth?

Implants can be placed sometimes at the time of extraction, but normally this is done about 6 weeks after removal of the tooth. When there is significant delay in getting this done there can be bone atrophy (resorption) that occurs which may make impant placement much more difficult and costly to graft bone prior to implants.

Q: I have had several missing lower molars since I was a young adult and am now finding that my teeth have moved. Why?

When teeth are removed, the adjacent teeth will drift, like taking a book out of a bookshelf, the others will fall into the place left by the missing book, it is often so with teeth. As well, the opposing teeth may over-erupt (grow) into the missing space. It is important to restore the missing tooth in sufficient time prior to the teeth moving which may cause problems both aesthetically and functionally with your bite and mastication.

Q Can I claim the cost of implants from my Private Health Insurance?

Yes, depending on your level of cover. If you have private health insurance for dental benefits, please bring your private health insurance card with you so that we can submit a benefits claim on your behalf. However, the gap between our account and the anticipated health fund benefits must be settled at the end of the appointment. We have the HICAPS system which allows you to electronically claim your rebate online without having to visit your health fund office

Q What if I need to cancel my appointment?

If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you kindly provide us with at least 48 hours notice. This courtesy on your part will make it possible to give your appointment to another patient.

Q How do I get in contact with Institute for Dental Implants?

Contact us on (02) 98101666 or complete and inquiry form and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

Q: How much do dental implants cost?

We know that cost is a big question for anyone considering dental work. The truth is, only your dental surgeon can determine the cost for your specific treatment. It depends on the kind of treatment you need, how long it takes, the number of dental implants to be inserted, the type of restoration chosen and the dental laboratory work that is required to complete the case. Additional costs may arise if the bone also has to be built up to support the implant. The full cost is explained in your first consultation and confirmed with a written treatment plan. A range of approximate costs for different implant procedures is available in our patient information section.

Q: How else can I get help with the cost of the treatment? (Australia Only)

There is a government rebate that is available to a taxpayer whose eligible net medical expenses in the year of income exceed $1,500 (net of Medicare and any health fund refund). The amount of the rebate is 20% of the excess over $1,500 but cannot exceed the amount of tax otherwise paid. The rebate is claimed when the patient lodges their annual income tax return.

Q: How long will it take?

A range of techniques are available. Usually implant treatment requires a number of appointments over a period of several months. In some cases implant work can be undertaken and completed in a much shorter period.

Q: Am I too old for implant treatment?

There is no upper age limit for patients to undergo implant treatment provided they continue to enjoy reasonable good health.

Q: Are there any special future maintenance issues that I need to consider for my dental implants?

Long term maintenance for dental implants is similar to continuing care for natural teeth in that the implants need to be brushed and flossed, and professionally cleaned on a schedule that matches the maintenance of your natural teeth.
If not, implants can develop ‘implantitis’ just as teeth can develop periodontitis (bone and gum recession) if they are not cleaned and maintained correctly. A condition known as chronic implantitis can cause soft tissue and bone loss, compromising the implant(s) long term. In some cases this can lead to the loss of your implants.

Q: What happens at my first implant appointment?

At your first appointment (also known as an initial consultation), you will be asked to complete a medical history form. It’s important to provide the details of any medications that you are currently taking and any major illnesses or operations that you have had in the past. This may feel insignificant to you, but it may have an important bearing on any medication that the dentist might want to prescribe for you.
We will examine your mouth, take x-rays, count around your teeth, and assess any teeth that are missing.We will then provide a report of your mouth to you and a range of options available to you for the replacement of these teeth.

Q: Should I still get an implant when I am pregnant?

Usually there is no issue with receiving dental treatment during pregnancy however implant treatment s is a purely elective procedure and thus can be delayed till your baby is born.

Q: I have had missing teeth for a number of years now, can I still get an implant put in?

There is no reason why you cannot have implants even after you have had teeth missing for many years. The only real contra-indications to treatment are mainly for medical problems that have a systemic effect on healing. The only difficulty may be when teeth have been missing for many years, there may be an accompanying loss of bone that is inevitable with healing around the sockets. This loss in bone can often be built up with bone grafting that can restore what has been lost.