- Dental Implant placement and restorations.
- Simple to advanced surgical procedures involving bone graft and sinus lift and augmentation.
Dental Implants (Bone graft)
by Dr Grace Kim
If you are not an existing patient but experience Dental Implant complications such as screw loosening, fracture, infections, or require maintenance and regular care we can help.
At Carindale Family Dentist Dr Grace is able to provide advanced dental implant care including sinus elevation and bone graft procedures under local anaesthetic.
Dental implants may be a good option for you but your general health, and oral condition should be assessed first at your consultation appointment
- Diagnosis and treatment planning – we have OPG and Cone beam xray unit at our clinic for 2D and 3D imaging.
- To help you make an informed decision we will discuss all missing teeth replacement options with you.
- Healing period of implants can be between 2 months to 6 months depending on the quality and quantity of the implant placement site.
- Any risk or possible future complications will be discussed with you at your consult visit.
When can dental implants be considered?
It does not matter whether teeth were lost through accident, disease or caries, dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement for many patients
Dental implants can be considered when:
- A single tooth is missing
- Several teeth are missing
- All teeth are missing
There are four steps involved when restoring a smile with dental implants. We’ve outlined what happens at each stage. Depending on your case, some details may vary.
1.Diagnosis and treatment planning
This stage is about deciding on the best treatment plan for you. A consultation with our dentist covering your individual case, medical history and X-rays or scans, will provide a suitable solution.
2. Implant surgery
At this stage, your dental implant – the titanium root – will be surgically placed into your jawbone. In most cases, the implant surgery is a minor procedure. It’s most commonly carried out under local anesthesia.
After surgery, the implant needs time to integrate with your jawbone. How long this takes varies from case to case. For some, this healing period can take six weeks, and for others, it can take up to six months. During the healing phase, a temporary tooth, denture or bridge can be put in place.
This is when the final abutment and restoration are connected to your dental implant.
A single dental implant can be used to replace the whole tooth, whether you’ve suffered trauma, decay or a fracture.
A dental implant is usually comprised of three parts; the implant fixture itself which is inserted directly into bone, the abutment connecting the implant to the crown, and the visible crown.
Dental implant bridges are used to replace several missing teeth. They work by spanning the gap where teeth are missing.
Unlike the standard bridge, where some healthy teeth may be cut down and crowned in order to anchor the prostheses in place, a dental implant bridge is held in place by the implants that have been inserted directly into the jaw without compromising any existing healthy teeth.
All Teeth – Fixed
Losing all your teeth can considerably alter your appearance, your ability to eat normally and affect your general confidence. With a full, fixed restoration, it’s possible to recover both function and appearance. There are two types of full, fixed solutions:
Hybrid design/Fixed denture
All Teeth – Removable
Anchored onto dental implants that hold it in place, a removable overdenture replaces all your teeth and feels totally secure in your mouth.
Unlike standard dentures, dentures secured by implants won’t move while chewing or laughing therefore the discomfort associated with loose or ill-fitting dentures is removed. This option enables you to remove and clean the dentures yourself.
Additional Treatment Options
Some cases require additional treatments to replace missing bone.
If there is insufficient bone to house an implant in the jaw bone, augmentation is required. The bone graft procedure involves use of bone substitute material around the implant or in the jaw. Your own bone or other materials like allograft (cadaver bone), xenograft (animal bone) , or artificial synthetic bone are usually used.
Dr Grace can provide an alternative bone graft solution derived from your own tooth. Utilizing your extracted tooth allows faster regeneration of bone, stronger and stable for your implants long term.
So keep your teeth!. “My Tooth Bone” has more benefits!
Surgically placed, sterile membranes create a space between the bone and gum where new bone can grow. This makes it possible for your own bone to form with or without the addition of bone substitutes.
Dr Grace is able to create Autologous membranes that are known to minimise post-operative swelling and pain, with faster soft tissue healing.
Stem Cell Dentistry
Dr Grace can perform venepuncture. The blood withdrawn from your arm, can be separated using a centrifuge unit to extract the beneficial growth factors and stem cells that benefit healing and regeneration for surgery or cosmetic purpose.
Patient’s own blood can be used for faster healing and regeneration of bone or soft tissues.
- Concentrated growth factors help reduce post operative pain and swelling .
- We offer alternative bone graft solutions – Utilization of your own extracted teeth as graft material.
- Sterilized and demineralised tooth bone graft can be delivered using our VacuaSonic System ™.
Soft tissue usually repairs within a week or two, but the bone around a dental implant can take several months to heal. It’s important to avoid overloading your implant and to maintain a soft food diet during this time – excessive loading can cause it to move or fail.
Looking After Your Implants
With a good oral hygiene regime, implants can last a 10-20 years. Here are some advice on how to keep them healthy from day one.
Regular check-ups and a good oral hygiene regime are essential for maintaining healthy implants.
Just like natural teeth, they are susceptible to plaque build-up – it can have a detrimental effect on their long-term success. To avoid this, use special flosses and interdental brushes made specifically for small spaces and cleaning below the gum line.
At Carindale Family Dentist Dr Grace is able to resolve complications that may arise with dental implants and maintain healthy gums for you which is fundamental for healthy, long lasting implants.
Dentures replaced with Implant bridge
by Dr Grace Kim
Dental Implants Placement With Sinus Lift
by Dr Grace Kim
by Dr Grace Kim