Dental Implants in Melbourne
Dental or Tooth Implants: An Excellent Option for Tooth Replacement
We offer some of the most comprehensive dental implant treatments in Melbourne, including single or multiple tooth implants. The loss of a tooth can cause oral and general health concerns, and it can also have an impact on your confidence and self-esteem.
What Happens When you Lose a Tooth?
- Teeth adjacent to or opposing the site of the missing tooth can move out of alignment.
- Bite and jaw alignment problems may develop.
- As your tooth root helps to maintain jawbone density, gum health and facial muscle elasticity, a missing tooth will cause your bone and gum to recede.
- You can lose confidence in smiling naturally if gaps between teeth are present.
How a Dental Implant Can Help
The development of dental implants has restored the smiles of people all over the world. A dental implant is placed in your jawbone to substitute for a missing tooth root, and becomes a solid foundation on which a crown, bridge or full or partial denture may be secured. Dental implants are developed from medical grade titanium.
Dental Implant Procedure
Receiving a dental implant requires meticulous preparation and planning, and involves a team of highly trained professionals:
- Restorative dentist. We manage the treatment plan and conduct the restorative phase (the bit you see!) of treatment.
- The oral surgeon or periodontist conducts the surgical assessment and placement of the implant fixtures and post-surgical follow-up.
- The dental laboratory and ceramist fabricates the crown, bridge or dentures. Shade and aesthetic assessment is conducted at the dental laboratory at the appropriate time.
- The dental implant company provide the components and technical support.
Placement of the implant fixtures is now a routine procedure. It is performed under a local anaesthetic for your complete comfort by one of our highly qualified oral surgeons. Many patients report very little to no discomfort and often return to work and their normal routine the next day. If you are a little apprehensive about dental procedures and would prefer, you can have your implants placed under a general anaesthetic.
You may experience slight post-surgical soreness and some swelling; this often can be relieved with general over-the-counter pain relief medication and a cold compress on the outside of the cheek.
Following the placement of your implant, it is left to osseointegrate (bond naturally) with your jawbone. For teeth which are visible when you smile, a temporary tooth replacement is provided. This will enable you to retain your full smile, mouth function and appearance.
Once healed, the third phase of your treatment will involve removing your temporary restorations and replacing them with your new permanent teeth. These will have been made in a dental laboratory by our specialist ceramist from a detailed model of your teeth and gums. We usually make an appointment for you to meet with our ceramist for a colour shade and smile assessment. Once your new teeth are secured to your implant you can enjoy a rejuvenated, healthy, natural looking new smile.
Depending on your oral and general health, the process from receiving your implant, bonding with your jawbone through to receiving your new teeth can take 3–6 months; following your consultation appointment, our dental team will be able to give you a more accurate timeframe.
Prior to the commencement of any treatment, it is very important you are in good oral and general health. You may therefore need to adhere to a strict oral care routine for several weeks before any treatment begins, as the health of your teeth and gums will contribute to the success of your implant treatment. We strongly recommend you quit smoking as this can impede successfully placing an implant and extend your healing time. Please ask us for advice and information on quitting smoking.
We will also conduct a thorough examination of your soft and hard tissues; which will include radiographs to ensure there is enough bone structure and gum thickness to support your implant.
Dental Implant Care
Caring for your implant is just as important as caring for your natural teeth. A regular at home care routine of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and flossing at least once a day in conjunction with regular care appointments with our dental team will ensure the longevity of your implant and natural teeth. Although your new implant is constructed out of titanium and your restorations are porcelain, both highly biologically inert, there is still a risk of developing peri-implantitis, similar to gum disease around natural teeth. This is why meticulous home care of the implant is required.
Many of our denture-wearing patients opt to have dental implants placed to secure their dentures. Placement of dental implants will improve the comfort and stability of dentures and significantly improve the patients function and confidence. Great success can be achieved with only two implants beneath the denture, secured to the denture with precision retention devices called Locators™. This holds the denture in place at a predetermined height so it can rest gently on the gums.
Some dentures may be stabilised by an implant-supported retaining bar. An ‘All on 4’ denture implant secures a full arch of teeth with 4 implants. Depending on the health of your jaw and gum, you may require 6 or 8 implants. After careful assessment, our dental team and oral surgeon will discuss the most suitable procedure for you.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures Include:
- Retention of gum and jawbone density
- Restoration of facial muscle strength and shape
- Stable dentures that no longer rely on adhesive gel
- Greater comfort than traditional dentures
- Improved long-term oral health
- More efficient chewing and greater social confidence.