Implant tooth replacement is the most advanced dental technology available for the reliable replacement of a missing tooth.
An implant supported crown involves the placement of a titanium support screw within the jaw bone to which is attached a crown (artificial tooth) made of metal and ceramic. If more than one tooth is missing, an implant bridge can be used. This involves two or more implant screws used to support a series of connected crowns (also known as bridge).
Implants can also be used to hold dentures in place for those who have no remaining teeth.
A full mouth bridge can also be placed on 4 implants (all-on-4 bridge) to provide a replacement for missing teeth.
A single implant screw can be inserted in the jaw bone via a simple surgical procedure under local anaesthesia. If several implants are necessary, general anaesthesia might be required.
Requirements for implant placement
It is essential that the site where the implant is to be placed consists of healthy bone in sufficient quantity. It is therefore necessary to carefully assess the area for bone quantity and quality before implant placement. Imaging scans and radiographs are carried out to assess the potential implant site. If there is not enough bone thickness to accommodate the length of the implant screw, bone augmentation surgery is necessary.
Bone augmentation involves grafting bone taken from another site in the body to the area in the jaw where the implant is to be placed. A synthetic material can also be used for bone augmentation. In cases where an implant is to be placed in the upper jaw, the sinus cavity in the facial bone might not allow enough bone thickness for the implant screw. In these cases,
a procedure know as a sinus lift might be necessary as well as bone augmentation.
At the Melbourne Smile Clinic, all implant surgical procedures are carried out by qualified specialists- periodontists or oral surgeons- who have received additional training for the safea and precise placement of implants and for more complex bone augmentation and sinus lift procedures.
Once the implant screw has integrated, we will then place the crown over the implant to restore function and aesthetics.
In complex cases such as a full mouth bridge, we might refer you to a prosthodontist.
What implant systems do we use?
We prefer to use implant systems that have been researched and trialled and have been demonstrated by independent clinical studies to have a good success rate. We currently use genuine implant componentry from the following companies: