What Are Dental Implants: Types, Procedure, And, Advantages

What Are Dental Implants

In the past, dental bridges and dentures were the only solutions to replacing missing teeth. However, with modern technology and innovation, today, dental implants are a superior choice for replacing missing teeth. One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they not only look like your natural teeth but also feel and function like one. 

Moreover, with dental implants, you don’t have to worry about tooth decay and cavities any more. Thus, if you want to learn about implants for teeth, their different types, facts and the cost of dental implants in Australia (Sunshine Coast), then continue reading below.

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A] What Is A Dental Implant?

Dental implants are used for replacing missing teeth. They are a piece of metal that looks like a screw and is integrated into the jawbone of the patient as a tooth root. This process is referred to as dental osseointegration.

Dental implants include three components; the post, abutment, and restoration. Once the dental implant post is integrated into the jaw, an abutment is attached to the post, followed by a crown that is specially made to look like your natural teeth.

Usually made of titanium or titanium alloys, the dental implant procedure is quite straightforward and since we offer dental implant services in Sunshine Coast, here is a quick glimpse of the dental implant before and after photos.

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B] Different Types of Dental Implants

  • Endosteal Implants: Typically made of titanium, these are small screw-shaped implants that are placed in the jawbone. Endosteal implants are the most commonly used titanium implants, which also include an abutment and a crown made of ceramic or polymer.
  • Subperiosteal Implants: When there is not enough jawbone to support an implant, Subperiosteal implants are used. Placed under the gum, but on/above the jawbone, these implants protrude through the gum to hold the replacement tooth.
  • Zygomatic Implants: Zygomatic implants are the rarest types of dental implants. The procedure is very complex, hence, it is generally avoided. The zygomatic procedure is only done when the patient doesn’t have enough jawbone for the Endosteal implant. The implant is placed on the cheekbone rather than the jawbone.

C] Dental Implants Stages

1. Dental Consultation

If you are looking for a dental implant, firstly, you need to speak to a trained and experienced dentist. The dentist examines your mouth and will ask about your medical history and current medications. The dentist will diagnose your mouth’s X-rays and 3D images to make sure that Dental implants are the right treatment for you. They may even recommend a different treatment altogether for undiagnosed issues like tooth decay and cavities.

2. Treatment Planning

It is a vital step in tooth implant procedures that sees the dentist assess your bone density and gum health, and plan how and when the procedure will take place. Some patients may even require some additional dental work done before the procedure, such as a bone graft implant. They can even inform you to stop smocking or provide alternatives to blood thinning medication before the procedure.

3. Dental Implant Surgery

During the treatment planning stage, the dentist will schedule a date and time for the appointment. The dentist uses a local anaesthetic to make your mouth numb for the procedure. With the help of surgical tools, the dentist will create an incision into the gums and jaw bones and place the implant. This is just one part of the surgery. After the implant, you would require about 2 weeks to recover from the mild pain and swelling.

4. Abutment Surgery

During the first recovery process, the jaw bone will fuse with your implant. The dentist will schedule a second appointment to attach a hook to the implant. An incision will be made only to the gums for this procedure. The same recovery period will be required to follow.

5. Designing the Crown or Artificial Tooth

After your mouth has healed, the dentist will take a 3D picture of your mouth to create a mould for artificial crowns or tooths. These can be made from metal, porcelain or plastic, depending on your dentist’s recommendations.

6. Fitting the Crown or Artificial Tooth

The dentist will fix the crown or the artificial tooth in its position with a hook. Then they will make some final adjustments to see if the crown or tooth is secure. They may even consider your opinion for the adjustment for aesthetics purposes, if possible.

D] Important Dental Implant Facts: Everything You Need To Know

  • Low-risk Surgery: The dental implant procedure is a relatively simple procedure with a high success rate. Anyone with good general health and good bone health can opt for this routine procedure. During the planning stage, the dental surgeon will examine the patient’s mouth and determine the quality and quantity of the jawbone before moving forward. During the surgery, a local anaesthetic is administered. Following the surgery, the patient might feel gum sensitivity and slight pain at the implant site, while bleeding may also occur along with some facial swelling and bruising.
  • Stronger Than Natural Teeth: Did you know that dental implants are made with the same material that is used in space shuttles, missiles and rockets? That’s right! Dental implants are made using titanium, which makes them stronger than your natural teeth. Titanium is a biocompatible material, and once inserted into the bone, your mouth heals around it without any complications. Dental implants are long-lasting as they are resistant to decay. Also, with implants for teeth, you can regain the lost bite strength that you used to have.
  • Designed to Match Your Natural Teeth: After the implant is surgically fused to the bone, the crown is custom-made to match the colour, size, and shape of your adjacent natural teeth. You have the option of choosing durable metals like gold or ceramic. Ceramic, in particular, looks like your biological teeth and is compatible with the gum tissue.
  • Offers Comfortable Fit: Unlike dentures, dental implants offer you a comfortable fit as they are fused into your jawbone. They feel like natural teeth, so you can talk, chew and eat without any trouble. Plus, it helps restore your confidence to smile without the fear of dentures shifting or falling out.
  • Prevents Bone Loss: Dental implants prevent the resorption of bone tissue, which is a natural result of tooth loss. Once the implants are in place, your gums and jaw undergo natural healing, and the process of “osseointegration” follows, which helps to permanently bond the artificial tooth root to the surrounding tissue. This helps facilitate a stronger jaw, thereby preventing bone loss.
  • Restores Bite Force: One of the other dental implant facts is that it restores your full bite strength, similar to what you used to have before. So, you can eat what you love without the hassle of removing dentures in and out of the mouth or without the worry of shifting and pain.
  • Improves Speech: With poor-fitting dentures, your speech may sound muffled or have a slur. However, with full-mouth dental implants, you don’t have to worry about this as they are a permanent replacement of your teeth, which allows you to speak with clarity, without the worry that the denture might slip or fall.
  • Reliable and Long-lasting: While it’s impossible to get cavities with dental implants, you still need to maintain your daily oral hygiene to enjoy optimal dental health. With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can last for a long time, and it is a reliable solution compared to conventional methods of teeth restorations.
  • Makes Eating and Chewing Easy: As a tooth-replacement option, the titanium dental implant post and crown perform the exact functions of the natural teeth, which makes it easier to eat and chew without any discomfort.
  • Prevents Cavities: Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to cavities and decay because they are made with sustainable materials. Once they are fully healed, they require minimal care, which includes regular brushing and flossing to keep the gums healthy.
  • Convenient and Easy Aftercare: It doesn’t take much to care for your teeth after the dental implant process. To reduce the chance of infection, you need to keep the implant site clean, which can be easily done with salt water rinses. Post-surgery, your dentist would recommend over-the-counter pain relief medicine (if needed). Also, it is best to avoid foods that could damage your teeth in any way and stick to a soft diet.

Further reading: The best and worst foods for your teeth.

  • Permanent Solution for Tooth Loss: Be it replacing one tooth or several teeth, dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss. It offers greater benefits in the long run compared to dentures and dental bridges. More importantly, while dental bridges and dentures require replacement throughout the years, implants for teeth can last you for many years.
  • Improve Facial and Bone Features: After tooth loss, the ridge of the bone (the alveolar bone) that supports the teeth begins to deteriorate. This could affect your existing facial and bone structure. Thus, dental implants help to prevent this by mimicking the entire structure of teeth (the root and crown), thereby improving the facial and bone features, and helping you maintain your youthful and natural appearance.

E] Advantages of Dental implants over conventional prosthesis

  • Better fitting prosthesis due to Osseointegration of the implant to the bone.
  • Does not require cutting other natural teeth (bridges).
  • Prevents or reduces bone loss after tooth extraction.
  • More comfortable than dentures.

F] Risks Of Dental Implant Treatment

  • Surgical risks: General risks associated with surgery and anaesthetic as with any surgical procedure
  • Affected sinuses: In the upper jaw the implant may contact or perforate the sinus lining and cause sinusitis.
  • Fractured Jaw: Rarely the lower jay may fracture if it is inherently weak or thin
  • Nerve damage: The inferior dental nerve runs the length of the lower jaw. Contact of the implant to this nerve may cause temporary or permanent numbness to the lips and skin around the mouth on the same side.
  • Local infection: The local area around the implant may get infected.
  • Loose implant: The implant may fail to Osseo integrate with the bone and may fail.
  • Loose crown: The artificial crown may come loose and have to be recemented or screwed in.

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#Cost of Dental Implants in Sunshine Coast, Australia

Now that you know all about dental implants, let’s look at the tooth implant cost or the cost for teeth implants in Sunshine Coast, Australia. While there are many dental implant myths stating that it can be expensive, the fact is that while the procedure may be expensive, the lifetime benefit it provides helps mitigate the cost. Therefore, as a Sunshine Coast Dentist, here is an overview of our dental payment plans that you can look at if you require a dental implant service.


How Long Does A Dental Implant Take?

The dental implant surgery takes around 1-2 hours for each implant being placed. You will also be required to have an appointment with the dentist for the second time for Abutment surgery, which can take a similar time.

What Are Factors Impacting The Lifespan Of Your Dental Implants?

Lifestyle and Diet are the two major factors affecting your dental implants’ lifespan. High-sugar food, poor oral health and hygiene, chewing tobacco, and smoking are most likely to damage and degrade your dental implants in a short period.

How Long Do Dental Implants Take To Heal?

A week is more than enough for most patients to heal from the surgery. However, some may experience mild pain and swelling for up to two weeks. You can eat any food you want in a week as soon as the pain and discomfort is gone.

How To Care For Dental Implants?

Maintaining good oral is paramount for keeping dental implants healthy. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and using antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath are key.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

With good oral care, dental implants can last a lifetime for some people. However, in rare cases without proper hygiene or due to accidents they can degrade and break over time. On average, a dental implant can last anywhere from 10  to 30 years.

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Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi - Dentist at Oris Dental

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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