Single or Multiple Implants


Single or multiple implants often require healthy gums and adequate bone. This is to provide sufficient support to the implant and ensure the integrity of its placement.

How dentists determine if you’re fit for implants

When patients visit a dental clinic, the dentists might first do the following before recommending an implant:

  • Examine your gums (gum treatment might be required before implant procedures take place)
  • Examine the strength and integrity of the jawbone (this is crucial for the successful placement and stability of the dental implants)
  • Determine if a bone graft is required for the procedure
  • Determine if the sinuses are too close to the jaw (a sinus lift might be required before placing an implant)

It’s required to pay attention to the required additional procedures, costs and treatment time before committing to the implant procedure. That’s because additional treatment may require several weeks and visits. Moreover, additional precautions and maintenance procedures may also be required (which adds further to the costs and treatment time).

Why choose implants over dentures, crowns and bridges

Dental implants have the following advantages:

  • Implants are made from a strong metal alloy (e.g. titanium alloy)
  • Dental implants may last 10 to 15 years (with proper care)
  • Implants have the same function as natural teeth (you can chew normally)
  • Dental implants look and feel more natural than dentures and bridges
  • Implants may help the jawbone remain intact (bridgework might make the bone deteriorate)
  • Implants may help you feel more confident (more clarity in speaking because you don’t worry about loose or falling denture)

Disadvantages of single or multiple implants

You should be aware of the disadvantages before you commit to any dental procedure. In addition, there are always risks that may affect your decision:

  • A single implant may require 3 to 6 months for completion
  • Implants are expensive (especially when you need bone grafting, sinus lift or other procedures)
  • Healing period may require several months (be careful of what you eat and visit the dentist regularly)
  • The artificial tooth or teeth may feel unnatural at first (needs some adjustment time)
  • After the surgery you may experience swelling, bruising, pain and minor bleeding

How single or multiple implants are done

The general process starts with thorough dental examination and ends with healing (including the jawbone uniting with the implant surface). Here are more details:

  • Damaged tooth or teeth are first removed
  • The jawbone will then be prepared for surgery (bone grafting may or may not be required)
  • Wait for the jawbone to heal and after the healing process, the implant metal post will be placed into the jawbone
  • Wait for the healing period to end (may last several months)
  • After the healing, the abutment and the crown will be placed (another healing period will take place before you can feel and act normal with your artificial tooth or teeth)

If you want to learn more about implants and explore your options, you can schedule an appointment with us here at Rickard Dental Centre. We’re located at Suite 11, 1-5 Jacobs Street Bankstown NSW 2200, Sydney AUSTRALIA (Entry via Rickard Road).