Oral Surgery

Choosing to have implant treatment is a big decision and something worth discussing with your loved ones. If you are thinking about getting dental implants, it is essential that you come in for a consultation where your suitability for this particular treatment can be thoroughly assessed.

Here is what you can expect at a typical consultation:
  1. Part of the consultation will involve answering questions about your medical history, your lifestyle and habits, as well as how you would like your smile to look after treatment. Factors like your oral health and jawbone density will also be taken into account.
  2. X-rays and photographs will be taken of your teeth and mouth and you will also have a detailed dental examination. This will give the team a good idea of your current oral health and what treatment will give you the best results.
  3. This initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have about the treatment and to discuss your preference for sedation. Based on the current state of your teeth you may need to receive a few treatments with the hygienist in preparation for the implants.
Life benefits:
  • The consultation gives you the chance to ask questions you might have about your teeth directly to a professional.
  • Based on the consultation, you will be given a treatment plan with procedure options and a breakdown of costs to help you make your decision.
  • It's a great way to meet the dentist and team who will eventually perform the procedure, if you choose to go ahead.
The Experience

Having dental implant treatment can be a life-changing experience. Our patients often comment about how different they feel when they look at their smiles in the mirror and many are surprised by how easy it is to bite and chew foods that they had previously avoided.

  1. Depending on your dentition, you may require a bone graft to prepare the implant site a few months before they can be placed.
  2. The surgery itself is usually done in the dental chair and you will be given the option of having sedation if you feel particularly anxious. Although you will feel some pressure on your gums during the procedure, you will not feel any pain due to local anaesthesia. Our skilled team will make every effort to make you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout.
  3. Once placed, you will need to take extra care of your teeth and gums to ensure they remain healthy and free of dental decay or gum diseases. It is important to understand that your implant will have to be looked after as if it was a natural tooth and that infections can arise if the proper regular hygiene is not carried out. With the help of our team you will be guided on how to best look after your implant so you can enjoy your new smile for years to come.
Life benefits:
  • Enhanced quality of life.
  • Receive great care from the dental team throughout treatment.
  • Get a great new restored smile that you can show off to the world.
Implants for Replacing a Single Tooth

Losing a tooth can be devastating. You can feel self-conscious and suffer a lack of self-esteem. Did you know that your tooth could be replaced quickly and easily with a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that integrates perfectly into your gum tissue, just where the root of your tooth would sit.

Here's how it works:
  1. The screw will be surgically placed directly into your jaw by your dentist. Its shape and material are optimal for close contact and ultimately fusion with bone, providing maximum stability later on.
  2. Depending on the condition of your mouth and jawbone, the implant 'abutment' (the crown or bridge that fits onto the screw) may be added immediately after the screw is inserted, or sometimes it may be added at a later date. It will blend in perfectly with your natural teeth in colour and shape.
  3. Either way, there will be some healing time. The screw will slowly mesh with the bone, becoming a natural component of your jaw.

Your implant will look and feel exactly like a normal tooth: no one will ever know, and even you might forget! You will still be able to bite and chew normally, and the bone in your jaw will remain intact over time.

Life benefits:
  • A beautiful, natural smile that is all your own.
  • The reassuring knowledge that your implant will last you a lifetime if properly cared for.
  • Full function restored, which means freedom for you.
  • Bone density will be maintained and so will the integral structure of your face.
Implants for Replacing Multiple Teeth

If you have lost multiple teeth, you may be wearing a denture or partial denture. This can be a real burden, causing embarrassment, discomfort and generally having a real negative impact on your quality of life. Did you know you don't have to eat soft foods or wear dentures for the rest of your life? Implants are a viable and clinically proven alternative to missing teeth.

  1. Multiple teeth can be replaced with just a single implant. The implant screw can support a bridge of up to four teeth in a row, each stable and sturdy and guaranteed for life with good hygiene and maintenance.
  2. Depending on the volume of jawbone, a dental implant and abutments can be placed on the same day or over a period of months. The implants will look and feel exactly like your natural teeth.
  3. After a period of healing, your implants will be fully integrated and will look, feel and function just like natural teeth!
Life benefits:
  • If missing teeth are not replace with implants the jawbone will recede, giving your face a sunken appearance. Implants give you a youthful boost.
  • You can bite or chew a variety of foods.
  • You can live free of worry and concern about your teeth.
Bone Expansion

Patients who require dental implant treatment may not always have adequate jaw bone density or width needed for implants to be placed. The better the bone density and width the more stable the dental implants will be, ensuring their longevity. Fortunately, a number of techniques have been developed that can strengthen the implant site before the surgery takes place. One such method is bone expansion.

  1. This advanced surgical procedure is designed to expand the area in the jaw where an implant needs to be placed using a series of instruments.
  2. These instruments carefully expand the walls of the bone that form the prospective implant site, such as in the front of the upper jaw.
  3. A small hole is first drilled though the centre of the selected area, which is then filled with bone, or an implant can be immediately inserted into the space. The enlarged surface area created allows for a firm foundation into which an implant can be placed.

Depending on the available jaw bone, a bone graft may be done in conjunction with the bone expansion procedure. Bone graft material can either consist of manufactured crystals that match bone structure, animal bone or autogenous bone, which is harvested from certain sites in the patient's body.

Life benefits:
  • Extends possibilities of implant treatment.
  • Safe and effective strategy that allows predictable long-term results for implants.
Implant Drilling Techniques

Over the past few decades, implant dentistry has come to play an important role in the mainstream dental world. With clinical research, procedures such as implant drilling techniques have been refined and can now yield better results.

  1. The drilling technique used with any implant placement is dependent on a number of factors such as the number of false teeth that will be attached to it and the available jaw bone density.
  2. The ultimate goal is for the surgery to be minimally invasive, causing the least amount of discomfort to the patient while creating the maximum amount of stability for the implant to mesh into the jaw, known as osseointegration.
  3. The more stable the implant, the longer it will last in the jaw, withstanding pressures in the mouth from biting and chewing.

Surgical treatment planning software is used to determine the angle, positioning and number of implants that need to be placed. Some drilling techniques involve the use of a drill guide, which is a clear plastic tray fitted to the patient's jaw with precise markings for the drilling entry points. This ensures a high level of accuracy and reduced trauma, resulting in a quicker healing of the implant site and eventually better implant stability.

Life benefits:
  • Surgical accuracy and precision treatment planning.
  • Minimally invasive for quicker healing.
  • Ensures implant longevity.
Same Day Teeth (All-on-4)

If your dentures are becoming uncomfortable and tiring, we have a fast, efficient and comfortable solution that will give you a second chance at the feeling of a mouth full of stable, permanent teeth.

All-on-4 is a revolutionary and highly advanced new method that allows a full mouth of new teeth to rest with complete, proven stability on only four implants.

Here's what it involves:
  1. State-of-the-art technologies such as CT Scanners are used to plot the location of just four implants in your jaw (two in the upper, two in the lower)
  2. These implants form a sturdy base for a full arch of dentures to be secured on top of.
  3. The dentures will then be permanent. They look and function just like natural teeth.
  4. You walk out on the same day with a beautiful, natural, functional smile!

At our practice, we understand the impact a smile can have. We would never send you out without a complete smile. That's why, usually, we will fit you with a temporary bridge (which looks identical to your natural teeth and functions just as well) before we add your permanent denture six months later.

We also offer sedation options for nervous patients. Dentistry doesn't have to be frightening! With modern sedatives, many patients will hardly know they've been in surgery.

Life benefits:
  • Your perfect smile will enhance your confidence.
  • No need to hold back your laughter.
  • No need to restrict your choice of foods.
Bone Grafts

Those who have worn dentures for years are likely to have suffered bone loss. This does not mean you are unable to receive dental implants; you can still have successful implant surgery through a clinically proven procedure called bone grafting.

Bone loss is bad news, not only for your teeth, but also for the facial structure. If a tooth is lost and not quickly replaced with a dental implant, over time the bone behind it will recede and give the face a sunken appearance. Bone grafts revitalise and rejuvenate the face while providing the best possible foundation for implant treatment.

  1. Bone for a graft is usually taken from your chin or hip in a routine operation procedure, usually in a hospital. Your own tissue is most likely to be successful, but other human or animal sources can be used. In some cases, synthetic material may be the best option.
  2. Our dentist will insert this bone expertly into your jaw. The reallocated bone will mesh seamlessly into the surrounding tissue over a period of time.
  3. Once healed, the implant site will be as strong as natural bone and you'll be ready for implants.

We know that just like any surgical procedure, a bone graft can be daunting. We are more than happy to talk you through your procedure step by step and work out the best arrangement for you. We'll always make sure you're fully aware of every option and comfortable with your informed decisions before moving forward.

Life benefits:
  • A more youthful appearance will give you a confidence boost.
  • A second chance at the comfort and security of dental implants.
  • A long-term investment in your health and wellbeing.
Sinus Lift

Have you worn dentures in your upper jaw for years? Did you know that there's an alternative, more comfortable option?

If you've worn dentures for an extended period of time in your upper jaw, the bone will have receded, rendering it difficult to undergo implant treatment and giving your face a sunken appearance. A sinus lift makes use of the contours of your face to provide a second chance at the functionality and reliability of dental implants.

  1. Prior to the procedure, a number of tests will be run to ensure the suitability of the sinuses, which may include panoramic radio scans and CT scans.
  2. Similarly to a bone graft procedure, there are several options for the new bone material: from the patient, from other tissue sources (human or animal), or synthetic. Your dentist will advise which will be best for you.
  3. The sinus lift procedure will be performed by the dentist while you are under general anaesthetic.
  4. After a period of time, the site will be healed and ready for implants.

A sinus lift is a safe and clinically proven procedure and when completed with expertise and care it will provide the best, most stable base for life changing implant surgery. As with any surgical procedure, at our practice we ensure that you understand all aftercare instructions and we will check back with you regularly to ensure that the healing is going smoothly.

Life benefits:
  • A more youthful appearance will give you more confidence.
  • A second chance at the comfort and security of dental implants.
  • A long-term investment in your health and wellbeing.
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