About Dental Implants

Dental Implants In Melbourne, Victoria

Restore the function and aesthetics of your smile to be virtually identical to you natural teeth in strength, function and appearance. Compared to dentures, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems.

Here at Carnegie Dental Group, our dental implants are the new standard in tooth replacement. It is our goal to help all of our patients achieve a healthy, functional smile that feels and functions like natural teeth.

  • Are virtually identical to natural teeth in strength, function and appearance
  • Restore the function and aesthetics of your smile
  • Provide a permanent and comfortable option for missing teeth
  • Act as an ideal tooth replacement solution

A dental implant provides an anchor to replace one missing tooth. If All of your teeth are hopeless, 4 dental implants can support a full arch prosthesis.

Step 1 - Start with a Dental/Radiographic

Start with a dental examination and health history. Come prepared with your list of specific needs and considerations so that a bespoke treatment plan can be designed specifically for you and your mouth.

Step 2 - CBCT Scan

This 3D scan of your mouth and surrounding structures provides vital information about the bone into which the implant/s will be placed.

Step 3 - Treatment Plan and Quote

A unique plan will be formulated just for you. The process will be explained in detail, and you will be given a further opportunity to clarify your expectations. We aim to provide you with a predictable long-term outcome that makes you want to smile.

Step 4 - Treatment

We can be perform our dental implant treatment under Local Anaesthesia, IV sedation or General Anaesthesia depending on the patient and the procedure. Our Melbourne dental implant procedures can sometimes be completed within a matter of days however our aim is to provide the most predictable and superior long-term outcome for the overall health of your mouth.

Step 5 - Maintenance

Long-term follow up and maintenance. Instruction and tools will be provided to care for your new teeth, providing them with the best opportunity to last a lifetime.

At Carnegie Dental Group, we provide dental implant procedures aimed at improving your overall dental health.

To help simplify what dental implants are, they typically have three parts:

  1. Implant: A screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to your jaw.
  2. Abutment: A permanent connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.
  3. Crown: This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and good looks.

You can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. If you need to restore a full arch, you may be a perfect candidate for  full mouth treatment rehabilitation. Surgeons will place four implants and then attach a full arch of teeth (all teeth, only four implants).

Dental implants have been placed for over 30 years and are the preferred choice for tooth replacement. Our approach has become the preferred model for dental implant treatment.

Start with a comprehensive dental examination.
Photographs and xrays are taken, to assist us with planning the best course of treatment.
Treatment options, costs and financial payment plan options are then provided to you.

Natural Tooth vs. Dental Implant

In the last 30 years, teeth replacements have come a long way. Today, dental implants are a standard treatment protocol for replacing missing natural teeth. In most instances, dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option available and are unparalleled by any other prosthetic tooth restoration treatment. They can withstand greater bite pressures than dentures and thus do not limit a patient’s chewing ability. One of the primary objectives of opting for dental implants is to obtain the same form and function as that of your natural teeth. Every dentist agrees that nothing can completely replace a healthy set of natural and clean teeth. However, when the loss of a tooth is inevitable; dental implants are the next best thing. Implants, made of a titanium screw, often mimic your natural teeth and function like permanent teeth.

Dental implants have been placed for over 30 years and are the preferred choice for tooth replacement. Our approach has become the preferred model for dental implant treatment.

How do they differ?

Natural teeth are held by ligaments (periodontal ligament) that attach their roots into the gum and jawbone and therefore are allowed some form of movement. Dental implants are supported by different means. They are fixed in place and form an intimate bond, via the process of “osseointegration”, with your jawbone and should not move at all. So, in some contexts, your dental implant could be stronger and withstand more pressure than your natural teeth.

What happens when you lose a natural tooth?

Your teeth do much more than just help you chew food. They:

  • help you maintain the natural structure of your mouth and face
  • connect to nerves that send communication to the brain which then instructs on how hard to chew thereby protecting your existing teeth. With multiple missing teeth, your remaining teeth are left to absorb all the force and are more likely to crack.
  • prevent thinning of your jawbone because every time you chew, the roots of your teeth stimulate its growth. When teeth are missing, your jawbone tends to resorb instead as it is not being used. The same applies to muscles in our body.

The initial thing that you might notice after losing a tooth is loosening in those teeth that were next to the lost one. As bone loss begins your body does what it assumes is best for the stability of those teeth and your entire mouth: it tries to close the gap. Furthermore, this can change the overall positioning of your teeth and may also lead to the collapse of the bite, known as occlusion. A changing bite means that other teeth need to loosen to adjust, and that’s where all the trouble begins.
Therefore, it is important to act quickly with a dental implant, which fuses to the bone, stabilizes the surrounding teeth, and prevents further bone loss (“bone resorption”). 

Why is it important to fix a missing tooth?

Missing teeth can have a severe impact on your daily life. It has an impact on your general health, appearance and self-esteem. The following is a list of the possible consequences of not replacing missing teeth:

  • Change of facial structure: Your jaw is designed to operate with 28 teeth and so the surrounding teeth begin to drift into an empty space even if one tooth is out of the equation. The structure of your teeth defines your facial structure and lip profile. When teeth and bone volume are lost, the shape of your face is altered. This is predominantly because the roots of the teeth that are missing form an integral part of your bone and facial structure. Hence, tooth loss can result in parts of the face appearing to be sunken in, causing asymmetry, thinning lips due to poor tooth support, and an increase in fine lines/wrinkles. Generally, the longer you wait after a tooth is extracted, the more bone volume will be lost and the more expensive and difficult it becomes to get teeth replaced. 
  • Loss of jawbone: Jawbone mass is preserved through biting and chewing. The area where your tooth stood will fail to receive the same amount of stimulation and will begin to disappear (a process known as resorption) if you are missing a tooth. The image below illustrates this process.
  • The Domino Effect: The loss of permanent teeth leads to a whole host of other problems if it is not replaced in a timely manner. The following x-ray image offers a perfect explanation.

    1. A missing lower tooth allows the opposing upper tooth to start growing down into the new empty space.
    2. Movement/Tipping of adjacent teeth into this space.
    3. As teeth move, they lose contact with their neighbours and new spaces are created.
    4. Increased food and plaque accumulation cause cavities and pockets to form under gums.
    5. Bone, where the tooth was removed, begins to shrink resulting in decreased tooth support and gum disease.
  • Nutritional effects: As remaining teeth do not have opposing teeth to bite down on to, missing teeth leads to the inability to chew food properly. When food is not chewed properly and mixed with enzymes in your saliva that prepare food for your stomach, your digestive system is unable to break the food down. Unchewed food has a major impact on your digestive processes, causing a reduced absorption of micronutrients and can lead to malnutrition.
  • Speech problems: Many people do not realize that missing teeth can affect your speech as certain words are not able to be pronounced correctly. This can cause confidence issues.
  • Psychological Effects: We all know that a smile is one of the defining features of many individuals. Losing a tooth is a traumatic experience. Various studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between tooth loss and negative consequences. According to the survey conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry, 86% listed social embarrassment as a highly impactful problem associated with missing teeth. The study also indicated that nearly 50% of patients with tooth loss have less social involvement than those with a complete smile. People often avoid smiling when they are without a complete set of teeth.

    If you are suffering from tooth loss, it is essential for you to ensure that there is tooth replacement as soon as possible. 

Who are ideal candidates for Implants?

The majority of healthy adults are considered good candidates for dental implants. A good candidate should have the following:

  • Age requirements: Dental implants are not advisable for patients under the age of 18. Depending on the location of the implant, a bit more time may be necessary to ensure the patient’s growth phase is completed.
  • Good Oral Health: A commitment to taking good care of implanted and surrounding teeth and gums is imperative. If patients aren’t caring for their neighbouring teeth, it is impossible to keep your implants healthy. Bacterial plaque can collect around your natural teeth, and the same applies to dental implants, therefore it is essential to maintain oral hygiene to prevent undue loss of your new restoration. Just like real teeth, patients must be committed to cleaning their implants daily by using adequate tools such as dental floss, Pixters and a soft toothbrush. Regular 6-monthly visits to the dentist for follow-ups and comprehensive scale and cleans are also important.
  • Good general health: It must be ensured prior to implant placement that the patient does not suffer from an autoimmune disorder, heart conditions, or uncontrolled diabetes. These medical conditions can interfere with a person’s ability to heal.
  • Adequate bone in the space of the missing tooth to anchor the implants in the jaw – patients who have lost bone in their jaw still can get implants, but the bone must be rebuilt using bone grafting procedures to increase the quality and quantity of bone. These procedures may be recommended prior to the placement of dental implants and/or simultaneously.

Who would not be an ideal candidate for Dental Implants?

Many factors play into the success of implant dentistry. However, there are a few components that may lead to the failure. People who may not be able to get dental implants include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Heavy smokers: Smoking delays the healing process in the mouth and can also reduce the likelihood of a successful implant
  • People who receive or have received high-dose radiation treatment of the head or the neck
  • People with chronic diseases or systemic problems such as uncontrolled diabetes,
    haemophilia, significant immune deficiencies, and connective-tissue diseases
  • Patients on medications to treat osteoporosis. Treatment here is possible after
    approval from their treating medical doctor. 
  • Patients with a lack of healthy bone. For example, the treatment can be difficult if patients suffer from excessive uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease or other conditions like osteoporosis that affect bone health. 

 

The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implant treatment for missing teeth is to visit Dr Nathan Rosenbaum at Carnegie Dental Group for a consultation. During the consultation, we will use the most up to date diagnostic tools to assess your requirements and present to you a variety of treatment options to suit your functional and cosmetic needs. If you have financial limitations, there are still many treatment options that may be suitable for you and we would still love to assist you with the best solutions that can be offered. Dr Nathan Rosenbaum will ensure that he caters to your solution with the most evidence-based techniques and make use of advancements in dental implant technology.to accommodate your specific needs. Our aim is to restore your confident smile; therefore, we tirelessly pursue the latest techniques in Dental Implantology.

Why are implants better than other alternatives?

Our natural teeth are made to last for a long time. However, due to decay, gum disease and even accidents, circumstances can unfortunately result in loss of teeth.

With advancements in their technology, dental implants are now considered as the superior treatment solution for a missing tooth because they not only replace the crown, but also the tooth’s root. Besides being a permanent, strong and a stable solution for missing teeth, implants have various advantages. Some of them include:

Improved appearance, speech and comfort: Dental implants are designed to fit into your mouth just like your original teeth. In fact, implants fuse with your bone, in a process called “osseointegration” and therefore they become a permanent part of a patient’s mouth. This eliminates discomfort that’s sometimes associated with removable dentures.

Easier eating: Dentures can occasionally slip while you are eating. Additionally, chewing might be difficult and even at times allow food particles to get under the appliance, causing pain and discomfort. However, these problems can be ruled out if you choose implants. With implants, there are no restrictions on the foods you can eat.

The procedure helps in the prevention of further bone loss: Unlike dental bridgework, there is no increased risk of further bone loss with dental implants.

With proper care, it can be a permanent solution: As a dental implant is a root replacement procedure in which the new root is anchored into the gum, implants offer strong structural integrity. As it is primarily composed of titanium, a dental implant is durable and designed to last for decades. 

Which implant solution should you choose?

  • Implant to replace individual teeth: One implant and a crown can replace a single missing tooth. A dental implant replaces a single tooth without putting the health of neighbouring teeth at risk. Additionally, a dental implant integrates with your jawbone and helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and intact. In the long term, a single implant can be more visually appealing and easier to keep clean than a bridge connecting three teeth.
  • Implants to replace multiple teeth: When a patient is missing multiple teeth, it is common to use multiple dental implants in order to support a dental bridge or a partial denture. Dental implants are very useful when there is a long span of missing teeth or when there are no teeth available to which a bridge can be connected. 
  • All-On-4 Dental implants: This is a recently developed method that involves strategically placing four implants in the jawbone to secure a full arch of artificial prosthetic teeth. Under this method, the patient is not required to have a dental implant for each missing tooth. All that is required is four precisely placed implants per dental arch.

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