• Cosmetic Dentistry Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

    New teeth for everyone!

    We can't grow you new teeth yet but we sure can replace those that have been lost with dental implants.

    Replacing one, multiple or a whole arch of teeth is now possible and easier than you think.

    Using only premium products, rest assured that these teeth are built to last!

  • Cosmetic Dentistry Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

    Simple replacement of missing teeth

    A medical grade titanium dental implant is placed in the bone replacing the tooth root.

    Once the implant has integrated, a porcelain crown or bridge can be attached, allowing you to eat confidently and smile without fear of your teeth falling out.

  • Cosmetic Dentistry Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

    Predictable long term replacement

    With careful planning and quality treatment, we expect your dental implants to last for years and years.

    Whilst your implants are a great replacement for your missing teeth, they still require the same care and attention that is required to look after natural teeth.

The gold standard for tooth replacement

Made to look and feel like your natural teeth, there is no longer a need to wear dentures if you don’t want to! Implants can replace a single or multiple teeth in the mouth and have a very long lifespan.

Dental implants offer excellent aesthetics, similar to your natural teeth and because they are not bulky, you have the ability to speak, smile and laugh without concern of something falling out your mouth.

Nuts and bolts…

Dental implants comprise of a medical-grade titanium fixture which is placed in the bone where your tooth root once was. A porcelain crown is then attached to the fixture with a tiny screw housed inside the crown. What you see from the outside is a natural tooth that looks like any other.

There are many cheap implant components on the market which are used by some dentists offering lower cost implants. The concern with these inferior products is the lack of research and development leading to a weaker and less compatible product in your mouth. We only use quality implant components from leading brands.

Single Unit Implant

Single Unit Implant     Single unit implant

Replacement of any tooth in the mouth is possible if one of your natural teeth requires extracting.

Once the tooth has been removed, a titanium fixture can then be placed. Sometimes at the same appointment as the extraction but mostly after a period of healing. This titanium fixture usually takes about 3 months to integrate (or fuse to the bone). At this time, the fixture is checked to make sure it is solid and then we are ready to prepare for the placement of a porcelain crown which replicates the missing tooth.

After taking an impression of the implant fixture, we send the impression to our local dental laboratory where your crown is constructed. A short time later, we will fit your new crown and you’ll walk away happy that you are no longer without a tooth.

One of the most common questions we are asked is “Do I have to be without a tooth that whole time?” Simply, the choice is yours. If the tooth is in an area that you see when you smile or talk, then we can easily construct a temporary tooth. Discuss with your dentist the need for a temporary tooth.

Multiple Unit Implant Bridges

Multiple Unit Implant Bridges     Four unit implant bridge on three implants

Dental implants can be placed where implant fixtures can support more than one crown.

For example, if a patient is missing an upper central and lateral incisor, a large implant fixture can sometimes be placed to support the crowns of the two missing teeth.

Another example would be if a patient was missing their front four upper teeth and was wanting implant replacement. Two implant fixture could be placed to support four crowns.

Multiple crowns can be supported by a fewer number of implants but not always. Our dentists are highly trained and have the experience to advise whether this is possible. Sometimes trying to overload implant fixtures can lead to failure.

Full arch implant supported bridge

In under a week, we can give you a full set of teeth that are fixed to as little as 4 implants, giving you a natural look, comfortable feel and the confidence that your teeth will not fall out.

Full arch implant supported bridge     Full arch bridge on four implants being constructed

Full arch implant replacement is suitable for people with badly broken down and misaligned teeth or people that are losing their teeth to gum disease. It is also an excellent alternative for patients that are not happy with the feel or fit of their existing dentures.

  • Initially we take a lot of time to discuss options, suitability and costs. There are a number of ways we can construct your teeth on the implants, with an acrylic, cobalt chrome or titanium base and either acrylic or porcelain teeth. We discuss the pros and cons and work within your budget
  • Once we have a plan in place, the next step is to go under a general anaesthetic, have any remaining teeth extracted and implant fixtures placed in the appropriate sites. An impression of your mouth is taken while you are asleep
  • A day or two later, we establish your bite and have a set of teeth constructed that we can try in to check for correct aesthetics, bite and speech. Adjustments can be made to make sure you get the smile you want
  • Within the week, we will fix the full arch implant bridge to the implants so you walk away with a new set of teeth. There is usually a need for follow up review appointments  to make minor adjustments and make sure you are happy

 

Depending on the type of fixed bridge to be placed, there may be some additional appointments required in the coming months but rest assured that all the hard work has been completed in this first week.

Once completed, it is very important that you maintain your regular dental check ups so that we can maintain your smile for the coming years.

Implant supported dentures

Particularly for those patients who struggle to wear their existing full or partial removable dentures, there is an option to stabilise them and provide further support.

Partial or full dentures can be supported by 2,3 or 4 implant fixtures. On top of these implant fixtures we can attach bars or ball joints that your removable dentures can click onto to provide more rigidity and more confidence when chewing. You wont see these attachment as they sit underneath the denture.

Implant supported dentures     This denture clips onto four implants for improved stability

Using implants to support partial dentures, we can reduce the need for or even eliminate clasps that wrap around your remaining teeth for support.