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Initial Consultation

A consultation appointment is necessary see if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants and to explain the process of placing an implant. X-rays may be taken and impressions (moulds) of your teeth. A treatment plan will then be drawn up detailing all the appointments required and the costing.

How are implants placed?

You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area around where the Implant is being placed. For patients who are anxious sedation can be given.

  • An incision is made in the gum where the implant is going to be placed, to expose the bone; a small hole is then drilled into the jaw bone.
  • The titanium implant screw is inserted into the bone. A protective cover or ‘healing cap’ is placed over the top of the screw. This is either left visible in the mouth, or if the implant is deep in the jaw bone the gum will be stitched over the healing cap.
  • This is left for 3 to 6 months to allow new bone to integrate with the implant allowing osseointegration to happen. If osseointegration does not occur the implant will fail.
  • When the implant has securely integrated with the jaw bone the healing cap is removed. The final crown or bridge can be cemented or screwed into place or a removable overdenture can be clipped onto or supported by the implants

On occasion it may be necessary to place a temporary crown or bridge for a few months to allow the gum to heal fully before the permanent restoration can be fitted.

Looking after your Implant

Good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist are a very important part of looking after your implants as the gums need to remain healthy. The implants can then last a lifetime.

Happy Clients

Kerry Scheveling

I can’t recommend this dental practice highly enough, visited recently as a new patient requiring treatment. Friendly staff and professional dentist, very reassuring making for a less stressful & comfortable experience.

Dez Poutama

Very pleased with my wife and my treatment, after moving up from Sydney we needed to find a local dentist, very friendly professional staff everything was explained thoroughly and we left extremely happy with the whole experience. Can highly recommend Ettalong Beach Dental.

Kimberley Bowman

I’d like to thank the staff at Ettalong Beach Dental for such a comforting and pleasant visit earlier this year!! Not only was my experience pain free but the service was great and employees ensured that I left happy! The receptionist (Janine) was kind and caring, also helped me with a lot of questions. Dr Lloyd and assistant (Heidi) made me feel comfortable and calm during my visit. Would highly recommend to anyone!

Sarah Paterson

I would like to thankyou Dr Alder for your care and making my visit to the Dentist less stressful and your staff are so helpful, from Janine at the desk to the nurses in the surgery that it is a pleasure to keep my appointment.

Sam Easter

After having a niggling toothache I made an appointment to go see Lloyd. Having not seen a dentist for several years I was quite apprehensive prior to the outset! From the very start he was very caring and receptive and was able to sort my pain out straight away and set my mind at ease! If you are after a dentist who is gentle and kind I would highly recommend seeing Lloyd.

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