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  • Do we work with medical aids?
    We are not contracted in with medical aids. This means that we ask our own fees. The statement received after payment of the consultation or procedure can be submitted by the patient themselves and they will be reimbursed depending on their own medical aid plan and benefits.
  • How does payment work?
    After a consultation is done and paid for at the practice, an estimate for the procedures necessary as discussed will be sent to the patient. This informs the patient about the costs involved for the planned procedure. Payments are taken via credit/debit cards or cash. A payment plan can also be discussed if needed.
  • How much does a consultation cost?
    R 1240 This includes: a thorough examination of the entire mouth to see how the patients main problem can be addressed according to the individual traits and needs of the patient. A report about the clinical findings during the examination and the treatment needed will be written and sent to the referring dentist or specialist and the patient.
  • How long does a consultation take?
    45 - 60 minutes
  • What are the main procedures Periodontists perform?
    Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease, which affects the supporting structures of the teeth, including the gums, bone, and ligaments. Here are some of the main procedures that periodontists perform: Scaling and root surface debridement Open flap debridement Soft tissue grafting Crown lengthening Dental implant placement Bone grafting Periodontal and implant maintenance Peri-implantitis treatment Overall, periodontists use a range of techniques to treat and prevent periodontal disease and to maintain the health of the supporting structures of the teeth.
  • What is scaling and root debridement?
    This is a deep cleaning procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots below the gum line. Baseline treatment for periodontal disease.
  • What is open flap debridement?
    This is a surgical deep cleaning procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots below the gum line once the gum is surgically lifted from the bone. This allows for direct vision and better cleaning ability in small tight spaces. This forms part of comprehensive periodontal disease treatment.
  • What is soft tissue grafting?
    This procedure involves taking gum tissue from one part of the mouth and using it to replace or repair damaged or receding gum tissue in another area.
  • What is crown lengthening?
    This procedure involves reshaping the gum tissue and bone to expose more of the tooth, which is often necessary before placing a crown or filling or lengthening short teeth, reducing a gummy smile.
  • What is periodontal maintenance?
    This involves ongoing care to maintain the health of the gums and prevent the recurrence of periodontal disease. This is determined by your risk for disease recurrence and progression. Usually every 3 months.
  • What is bone grafting?
    This procedure involves adding bone tissue to the jaw to provide support for teeth or dental implants.
  • Where does the extra bone come from?
    Various sources: Your own bone Another humans bone (cadaver) Animals like cows and pigs Synthetic bone If from other humans or species the bone undergoes a heat and chemical process to get rid of unwanted proteins and organisms. It is safe to use and is widely reported on in the literature.
  • Why do I need to replace missing teeth?
    Missing teeth can have several negative consequences: ​ Difficulty in chewing and talking Movement of teeth next to the missing tooth Compromised smile "Longer growth" of teeth above or below the missing tooth/teeth into the gap Emotional consequences
  • How do you replace a missing tooth/teeth?
    There are various options to choose from: Dental implants Dental bridge False teeth (dentures) Every individual have specific needs and different environments and conditions in their mouths. Not all options are viable for every individual. To find out what is the best option to replace your missing tooth/teeth, give us a call.
  • What is a Dental Implant?
    A dental implant is a metal screw that is placed in the jawbone and is thus an anchorage device for a dental crown. A dental implant is an excellent option for replacing missing teeth and restoring functionality to your mouth.
  • Who should place my dental implant - a Periodontist or Maxillofacial surgeon?
    Both Periodontists and Maxillofacial surgeons can be highly skilled at placing dental implants, but their areas of expertise and training may differ. Maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists who have completed additional training beyond dental school in surgery of the face, mouth and jaws. They are highly skilled in performing complex surgeries, including those involving the placement of dental implants. Periodontists on the other hand, are dental specialists who specialise in diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and other conditions that affect the supporting tissues of the teeth. They are highly skilled in the placement of dental implants, as implant placement often involves the placement of the implant screw into the jawbone and the surrounding gum tissue. Both Maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists have extensive experience and training in implant placement. However, in some cases, the choice between the two may depend on the specific needs of the patient. Ultimately, the best choice for implant placement will depend on a variety of factors including the patients overall dental health, the complexity of the case, and the experience and training of the dental specialist performing the procedure.
  • Is it painful to have a dental implant placed?
    Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure that is done under local anaesthetic. This should prevent any pain during the procedure. Having instruments and drilling in your mouth can be uncomfortable. If you are worried about your nerves and the experience, conscious sedation can be requested to make the procedure as pleasant as possible. Pain medication will be prescribed after the procedure to keep you comfortable post-operatively. Having an implant placed is not as bad as having a tooth removed.
  • Will I have a tooth straight after implant placement?
    Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. They essentially act as the root of the tooth. There are times where the visible tooth part (dental crown) is placed immediately after implant placement, but this depends on various individualised factors. Most of the time the dental implant is placed and the gum tissue is closed over the implant site. A healing period of about 3-4 months is generally required for the bone to stabilise the implant sufficiently, before a dental crown can be placed.
  • What is a healing abutment?
    A healing abutment is a dental implant component that is screwed onto the implant to help shape and train the gum tissue for the correct fit and manufacture of a dental crown for the dental implant.
  • What does a dental implant cost?
    The starting price for one dental implant is about R10 000. This is for a straightforward implant placement case and includes the surgical cost as well as the implant hardware (the implant screw that goes into the bone, but not the crown/tooth part). The type and brand of implant hardware differs and is chosen according to the individual needs of the patient. There are a lot of factors to consider when placing dental implants to ensure long term success and stability. Book an appointment for a thorough evaluation so we can draw up an accurate cost estimation.
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