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Sydney NSW 2000
If you are missing one tooth, a dental implant will serve as a strong foundation for an all-ceramic dental crown or replacement teeth. This crown is matched to the shade and shape of your other natural teeth, and will not affect the surrounding healthy teeth. Best of all, no one will be able to tell the difference!
If you have multiple missing teeth, we can attach a bridge to implants on either side of your missing teeth. This means that you do not need one implant per each missing tooth. This will reduce the risk of further loss of natural bone, and provide a beautiful, seamless and functional result.
Atrophic Maxilla (an upper jaw with very little bone)
In some cases, you may not have enough bone to support a regular implant placement in the upper jaw. This is known as atrophic maxilla. In this case, we can use specially designed implants, which are long and angled, called zygomatic implants, to provide a stable foundation for your crown or bridge. It may also be possible to graft the sinus some months prior to implant placement to allow greater bone volume for conventional implant placement as an alternative to zygomatic implants.
All On Four
If you are looking for an alternative to dentures, implants are the modern and secure solution. To replace all your teeth, we use a technique called ‘all on four’. Put simply, this is four implants supporting replacement teeth. It’s a fixed prosthesis that leaves the gums free and does not cover your palate, so food tastes like it should and your teeth function like they used to. Imagine being able to eat, talk and laugh again without worrying! That’s the life-changing impact of implant technology.
Zygomatic implants are longer than normal implants, and are used when there has been substantial bone loss from the upper jaw, and there is not enough bone in place for ordinary implants, zygomatic implants are the ideal alternative. Zygomatic implants pass through, or next to the sinus into the cheekbone, meaning implants can be used as an alternative to complex bone grafting procedures.
In order for a dental implant to be successful the patient must have sufficient bone in the jaw to place the implant into. It was once assumed that if a patient did not have enough bone in their jaw they would not be suitable for dental implants. Today, thanks to the massive advances in dental techniques and technology, patients with insufficient bone in the jaw can have the bone rebuilt using bone grafting.
Grafting can be completed before, or at the time of implant placement. There are several different types of bone grafting procedures and materials, the choice of which may vary according to your particular situation. Grafting allows bony defects to be filled out to create natural-looking tooth replacements, or bone volume may be increased by sinus-lifts to provide greater depth for implant placement. Soft tissue grafting may also be required in areas of greatly receded gum or to build up soft tissue volume in the area of a tooth that has been missing for a length of time.
Grafting is a scientifically validated procedure, and modern techniques, materials and technological advances make implants a reality for patients who historically would have been deemed unsuitable.