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February 2015

How much do implants Cost ? That is a frequently asked question so let’s answer it fully and honestly.

There are many clinical situations where implants are indicated and they offer a wonderful long-term restorative solution. The procedure is not just like placing a screw in a piece of wood ! It requires great planning and skill.

Let’s do an exercise together.

Draw a large circle and divide up into six segments like an orange cut in half. Make the circle big enough so that there is adequate room to write in each segment. Number the segments from 1 to 6 and label them as we go through the following details.

  1. Implants Diagnostic Phase

It is fundamental to visualise the final restorative outcome right from the start. It is all in the planning which is based on the patient’s request to satisfy his or hers desires and expectations.

The success of implants is dependent on the amount and quality of bone available. Standard X-rays and study models show a great deal to answer this question but nowadays there is an additional diagnostic tool available called a CBCT scan. This tool is a remarkable adjunct in assisting to plan properly.

Many times an implant needs to be placed in an area in which a tooth has been missing for a long time and therefore the bone has shrunk. It is possible to do sophisticated bone engineering to create an adequate implant site and that is where the information gathered by the CBCT scan is invaluable.

The science of bone engineering has advanced exponentially in recent times and there are skilled clinicians who are able to provide an adequate bony foundation by correcting the bony architecture.

Another factor to bear in mind is the arrangement and distribution of the remaining teeth both in terms of the space available for implants and their angulation. Diagnostic study casts are essential. There are many solutions to these problems which all need to be taken into account in the planning stage before any treatment begins.

  1. Surgical Phase

The surgical skill of placing implants requires advanced training through a well accredited institution over a period of at least two years. There are many implant companies that offer weekend courses. Is that the level of skill that you would be happy with?

There is a choice to make regarding which implant system to use. There are many systems available in South Africa. The choice affects the cost and componentry available to handle clinical problems that may arise.

The shape, size and diameter of the chosen implant system is decided on once the surgical site has been exposed. This is a clinical decision which oftentimes can only be made at the time of surgery.

There are various treatment options in shaping the bone to create the appropriate site for the implant placement. This decision is also made at the time of surgery.

It is essential for the periodontist/ oral surgeon to be well prepared for any clinically eventuality by having the appropriate armamentarium of instruments as well as a selection of implants themselves so as not to be caught off-guard.

3. Conscious Sedation

Nobody wants to endure unnecessary discomfort of the surgical phase of treatment. There are several options available to make the procedure more comfortable. This includes the administration of Dormicum about an hour before the procedure or of having an anaesthetist present to administer the appropriate medication for conscious sedation.

In both cases the patient will not be able to drive afterwards and therefore arrangements need to be made for transportation back home.

The option of having an anaesthetist during the procedure adds to the overall cost.

4. Restorative Phase

Before commencing with the restorative phase, the implants should be checked by the peiodontist/oral surgeon to validate complete integration of the implant body to the supporting bone.

Once the go-ahead has been given, the restorative phase can begin. This follows the plan that was established at the diagnostic phase. However it sometimes happens that the design of the final restorative construction may need to be altered because of the unavoidable positioning of the implants during surgery. Fortunately there are a host of implant components available to deal with this eventuality.

5. Dental Implants

There are thousands of implant systems available on the world market each claiming to be better than the next. In South Africa we also have a large choice of implant systems. Some are imported and some are manufactured locally. The choice of implant system affects the overall cost of the componentry but it is important not to compromise the quality of the implant system. Cheap is usually expensive. Each dentist may have a preference for a particular system based on the ease of placement, excellent long-term results and flexibility in altering the restorative design if necessary.

6.Laboratory Costs

Laboratory costs are part of the overall costing when doing implants. There are very many variables that affect the final cost which are very difficult to anticipate at the diagnostic stage of treatment. The costs may vary because of additional work to accommodate an altered design; the choice of final restorative material; and the nature of the material to be used for the metal substructure.

I hope that you now have a clearer perspective of the complexity of implant dentistry and the importance of choosing a team that has a well proven track record.

DR GERALD KAPLAN

Prosthodontist

How much do implants in Rosebank Cost ? That is a frequently asked question so let’s answer it fully and honestly.

There are many clinical situations where implants in Rosebank are indicated and they offer a wonderful long-term restorative solution. The procedure is not just like placing a screw in a piece of wood ! It requires great planning and skill.

Let’s do an exercise together.

Draw a large circle and divide up into six segments like an orange cut in half. Make the circle big enough so that there is adequate room to write in each segment. Number the segments from 1 to 6 and label them as we go through the following details.

  1. Implants In Rosebank Diagnostic Phase

It is fundamental to visualise the final restorative outcome right from the start. It is all in the planning which is based on the patient’s request to satisfy his or hers desires and expectations.

The success of implants in Rosebank is dependent on the amount and quality of bone available. Standard X-rays and study models show a great deal to answer this question but nowadays there is an additional diagnostic tool available called a CBCT scan. This tool is a remarkable adjunct in assisting to plan properly.

Many times an implant needs to be placed in an area in which a tooth has been missing for a long time and therefore the bone has shrunk. It is possible to do sophisticated bone engineering to create an adequate implant site and that is where the information gathered by the CBCT scan is invaluable.

The science of bone engineering has advanced exponentially in recent times and there are skilled clinicians who are able to provide an adequate bony foundation by correcting the bony architecture.

Another factor to bear in mind is the arrangement and distribution of the remaining teeth both in terms of the space available for implants and their angulation. Diagnostic study casts are essential. There are many solutions to these problems which all need to be taken into account in the planning stage before any treatment begins.

  1. Surgical Phase

The surgical skill of placing implants in Rosebank requires advanced training through a well accredited institution over a period of at least two years. There are many implant companies that offer weekend courses. Is that the level of skill that you would be happy with?

There is a choice to make regarding which implant system to use. There are many systems available in South Africa. The choice affects the cost and componentry available to handle clinical problems that may arise.

The shape, size and diameter of the chosen implant system is decided on once the surgical site has been exposed. This is a clinical decision which oftentimes can only be made at the time of surgery.

There are various treatment options in shaping the bone to create the appropriate site for the implant placement. This decision is also made at the time of surgery.

It is essential for the periodontist/ oral surgeon to be well prepared for any clinically eventuality by having the appropriate armamentarium of instruments as well as a selection of implants themselves so as not to be caught off-guard.

3. Conscious Sedation

Nobody wants to endure unnecessary discomfort of the surgical phase of treatment. There are several options available to make the procedure more comfortable. This includes the administration of Dormicum about an hour before the procedure or of having an anaesthetist present to administer the appropriate medication for conscious sedation.

In both cases the patient will not be able to drive afterwards and therefore arrangements need to be made for transportation back home.

The option of having an anaesthetist during the procedure adds to the overall cost.

4. Restorative Phase

Before commencing with the restorative phase, the implants in Rosebank should be checked by the peiodontist/oral surgeon to validate complete integration of the implant body to the supporting bone.

Once the go-ahead has been given, the restorative phase can begin. This follows the plan that was established at the diagnostic phase. However it sometimes happens that the design of the final restorative construction may need to be altered because of the unavoidable positioning of the implants in Rosebank during surgery. Fortunately there are a host of implant components available to deal with this eventuality.

5. Dental Implants In Rosebank

There are thousands of implant systems available on the world market each claiming to be better than the next. In South Africa we also have a large choice of implant systems. Some are imported and some are manufactured locally. The choice of implant system affects the overall cost of the componentry but it is important not to compromise the quality of the implant system. Cheap is usually expensive. Each dentist may have a preference for a particular system based on the ease of placement, excellent long-term results and flexibility in altering the restorative design if necessary.

6.Laboratory Costs

Laboratory costs are part of the overall costing when doing implants in Rosebank. There are very many variables that affect the final cost which are very difficult to anticipate at the diagnostic stage of treatment. The costs may vary because of additional work to accommodate an altered design; the choice of final restorative material; and the nature of the material to be used for the metal substructure.

I hope that you now have a clearer perspective of the complexity of implant dentistry and the importance of choosing a team that has a well proven track record.

DR GERALD KAPLAN

Prosthodontist

Get the smile you deserve from an affordable dentistry Johannesburg, Rosebank

Dr Gerald Kaplan, an affordable dentist and prosthodontist is based in Johannesburg, Rosebank. A prosthodontist is a dentist with more advanced training and a higher level of dental health understanding. The friendly and highly qualified team at Dr Gerald B Kaplan, Prosthodontist will provide you and your family with invaluable dental services.

We will assist with dental implants, bridges, crowns, veneers, perform dental and oral surgeries, root canal therapy, tooth extraction, including removal of wisdom teeth, provide oral hygiene and emergency dental services.

At Prosthodontist, affordable dentistry Johannesburg, Rosebank  we are committed to providing advanced dental treatments in a relaxed and comfortable environment using the latest dental technologies. We want to make your visit as pain-free, comfortable and affordable as possible.

First Appointment

At your first appointment you will meet your dental specialist who will be responsible for your dental care. On your first visit to our affordable dentistryJohannesburg,  Rosebank,  an oral cancer screen will be carried out as well as a full holistic assessment of your dental health whilst taking into to consideration your particular concerns and needs. A selection of treatment options will be offered along with a written estimate of the costs.

Affordable Dentistry Johannesburg, Rosebank

For some people visiting the dentist is an anxious and stressful experience, especially if you are placed with a different dentist each time.

Regular preventative dental care which may be indicated 3 monthly, 6 monthly, or 12 monthly will go a long way in saving a great deal of time and money when compared to visiting a dentist reactively, or when there is a problem.

Reasons To make Dr Gerald B Kaplan, affordable Dentistry in Johannesburg, Rosebank your dentist of choice.

  • We provide state-of-the-art dentistry with friendly, competent and caring staff.
  • We believe in long-term doctor and patient relationships.
  • We diagnose and present the treatment plan after listening to our patients carefully and understanding their expectations.
  • Excellent patient satisfaction and reviews.
  • Higher level of wisdom and understanding and experience that only a prosthodontist can bring to an examination room.
  • Get a holistic approach to your dental health problems.

Your teeth are important to you and can last a lifetime with proper dental care. Please don’t neglect them. Get the help of Dr Gerlad B Kaplan, Prosthodontist and affordable dentistry Johannesburg, Rosebank.

To enquire about our prices, get in contact with us

By: Dr Gerald Kaplan

Often the perception of dental treatment is skewed by fear. Who actually likes to come to the dentist? It involves time, effort and expense. By nature we procrastinate and let things go for far too long.

I had a patient in the other day requesting that his upper front tooth restored. He did not like the way he looked and he was embarrassed. He turned for help.

I asked him a very simple question: “Are you fully aware of what’s happening in your mouth”. “No”, he replied. This is a typical answer for most people because they only turn for help in crisis when  there is pain or  trauma.

The possibility of, trauma, pain, danger and lack of control is a major cause of fear.

But, this does not have to be so. The health of your mouth is so important for many reasons including chewing, smiling, and  talking.

You need to know exactly what the status of your dental health is. You deserve to have a mouth that is healthy and in which you will have continual comfort. Teeth should just belong without an awareness of their being there.

How do you gain control of your long-term dental health?

Of course it starts in seeing the dentist long before a problem develops. Most dental problems are painless and take many years to develop. In the clinical examination, if we see some teeth that aren’t hurting you at this point but could potentially pose a problem, what would you like to do about it?

Ongoing dental maintenance of a healthy mouth is low-cost. Problems can become expensive.

We offer a different dental experience by spending time getting to know you and finding out exactly what you would like to achieve before treatment starts. In dentistry today there are many treatment options. Every patient is an individual and every treatment plan should be tailor-made. In this office it is not “drill, fill, bill”.

You are special to us.

Give us a call and let’s help you change your life.