Learn More About Our Dental Implants in Chatswood
Dental Implants can be an ideal cosmetic dentistry solution to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants can provide people with replacements for missing teeth, that are both functional and aesthetic.An implant is made of two major components:
- a titanium screw (the implant); and
- the final restoration (implant crown or implant supported bridge or implant supported denture).
Most people who have dental implants placed in their mouths feel that they are identical to natural teeth in feel, appearance and function. A dental implant requires no help from one’s existing teeth to function and enables patients to eat and speak efficiently as well as provide significant aesthetic benefits. Patients often return saying that this treatment has “changed their lives.”
We are very proud to have Dr Eugene Foo, and visiting implant dentist, Dr Kent Yuen, providing dental implants in our Chatswood practice. Both Drs Foo and Yuen have taken the time and effort to obtain a university diploma in implant dentistry from the University of Sydney, Eugene in 2007 and Kent in 2000. Both currently teach implant dentistry to diploma students at the university. Eugene is the current president of the prestigious AOS (Australasian Osseointegration Society) for NSW and Kent is the immediate past president.
Failing bottom teeth and severe bone loss where teeth have been lost (1) are planned for rehabilitation utilising state-of-the-art-computerised 3D planning (2). Teeth in the entire bottom jaw replaced with a bridge connected to 4 implants using the All-On-4 technique (3) with excellent bone response (4) restoring the patient’s ability to eat and smile confidently (5).
Many long term studies indicate that dental implant procedures are highly successful, however each potential patient needs to be assessed carefully prior to undertaking the procedure. An assessment can include a full medical check, a 3-Dimensional CT scan of the jaw, and treatment of any existing disease processes, among many other things. Age is generally not a restriction to implant procedures, however people who smoke or are diabetic can have lower success rates associated with these types of cosmetic dentistry procedures.
After the initial assessment, the dental implant procedure involves two phases:
- surgical phase
- final restorative phase
The surgical phase involves the placement of the titanium screw within the jaw bone. This is done by making a small cut in the gums and using a series of drills prior to placing the implant. Stitches are usually placed after this. This procedure is generally done with the patient awake and numb. Patients are understandably often concerned with the pain that may be associated with this stage, however most people report very little or no pain during or after the procedure. The implant is then allowed to heal for a period of 3-6 months, depending on each individual situation. This process is called osseo-integration.
The final restorative phase involves taking an impression or mould of the osseo-integrated implant and fixing the final implant crown using a titanium or gold screw. This part of the procedure does not require any form of anaesthetic in most cases.
Caring for dental implants is like caring for one’s own teeth. They require regular brushing and flossing and regular six-monthly checks by your dentist. Decay cannot affect implants but poor hygiene habits that lead to gum disease can seriously destabilise the titanium screws. It is therefore imperative that normal preventive dentistry measures are employed to maintain the longevity of the dental implants.
Missing bottom right teeth and amalgam fillings (1 & 2) restored with bridge supported on implants and composite resin restorations (3 & 4).
Complications associated with dental implants are minimal and are always discussed with patients at the initial assessment stage. These can be highly individualised and is done on a patient by patient, tooth by tooth basis. Dental implants have been in use for over thirty years and once osseo-integrated, can be expected to last for a very long time.
The dental solutions that can be accomplished by obtaining dental implants in Chatswood is ever increasing. These days, we can extract a broken tooth, place an implant and a temporary implant crown on the same day and expect it to work perfectly.