Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental Implants are man-made replacements for the tooth roots that have been lost. They behave exactly like real roots – even bonding naturally with the jawbone.

Dental Implants are a titanium screw which is placed into the jawbone to replace the root of the lost natural tooth. The implant fuses with the jawbone to form a secure foundation for the tooth replacement. This process is called ‘osseointegration’. Dental Implants are permanent and are a brilliant alternative to dentures or missing teeth. They can replace everything you have lost – from a beautiful smile to normal chewing ability.The Dental Implant forms a secure foundation for the replacement teeth and bonds with the bone. The dental implant feels and functions like natural teeth.

If you are missing a single tooth, missing several teeth or are wearing dentures, this could be the solution for you.

Advantages/Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Replacement of teeth without damage to neighbouring teeth
  • Can eliminate the need for partial or full dentures
  • Improved aesthetics and natural appearance
  • Improved function which will restore your quality of life

Dental implant treatments we offer at our Subiaco clinic

Single Tooth Implant

If you are missing a single tooth or have a tooth that is irreparable, a dental implant may be the best solution. This is treated like a free-standing unit where the surrounding teeth remain untouched. When you have 1, 2 or 3 missing teeth and you would like something in their place or need a tooth removed and replaced, the traditional way to replace these was with either a partial denture or a bridge. A partial denture is usually plastic, bulky and only a temporary measure and a bridge involves support from adjacent teeth and reshaping of healthy natural teeth. A single tooth implant is the ideal long term solution. An Implant is a titanium screw that is placed in your jaw bone during a small surgical procedure to replace the root of a tooth. Titanium is the only metal that bone integrates with; meaning bone fuses itself to the titanium. Once we have allowed time for healing, a replacement tooth can be created.

The time from the placement of the implant until healing is complete is anywhere between 3-6 months depending on each individual’s circumstance. This gives you adequate time to heal and prolongs the life expectancy of the implant. Once implant has been placed and healing has occurred, you can now look forward to having the preparation and insertion of the finished implant crown.

Multiple Teeth Implants

If you have several teeth missing, then a fixed implant-supported bridge may be the solution. It has stability and function that dentures cannot offer. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Other common treatments for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from adjacent teeth. Also as they will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. In the long term, dental implants are aesthetic, functional and comfortable.

Immediate Tooth Replacement

All-on-4 Dental Implants – Eliminating the need for dentures

What is the All-on-4® procedure?

Dental health has a great impact on our life. Loss and damage of one or more teeth can affect the function and aesthetics of your teeth. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a variety of solutions to restore or replace teeth for a natural appearance and improved function.

Traditionally, some restorative dental procedures required many steps. Due to modern implant design and techniques, it is possible to have permanent fixed teeth in as little as 3 days. This procedure is suitable for patients requiring major restorative work or permanent denture replacement .

This 3 day smile makeover (All-on-4 system) is a cost effective, advanced technique whereby a whole arch of teeth is supported by only 4 implants. This revolutionary treatment concept can be used in either the upper or lower (or both) jaw to support immediate fixed replacement teeth that look, feel and function very similar to natural teeth in as little as 3 days.

This modern technique requires only 4 implants for a whole upper or lower arch. Two implants are placed vertically in front of the jaw and two back implants are placed at an angle for up to 45 degrees. This allows support for total rehabilitation overcoming bone deficiencies and in many cases avoids grafting procedures.

We will then bring you back to present the wax up model or digital design of your new smile. You will then be able to view the before and after of your new smile. At the same visit our Treatment Coordinator will have your personalised treatment plan to present to you, which will outline the treatment you require to achieve the best result and the total fee for your treatment.

Once you have approved the wax up and treatment plan you have two final appointments for your Smile makeover. The first appointment is where Dr Golestani will prepare your teeth which involves re-shaping your existing teeth and preparing your teeth with temporaries. Your permanent veneers or crowns take about 2-3weeks to be prepared in our laboratory. The second appointment is where Dr Golestani will take off your temporaries and insert your permanent veneers or crowns.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

How painful is it to get dental implants?

When done well a dental implant should not be painful!

Careful and meticulous planning is crucial to ensure an implant is placed in the right position and with no long term side effects. The procedure is surgical in nature so you can expect some bruising and swelling as a result of your implant placement, however, no pain. Tenderness can be attributed to the gums for a few days following the procedure but nothing Panadol won’t take care of.

What can be done to minimise discomfort?
  • The use of local anaesthetic when placing an implant
  • A mild analgesic should be provided for when the local anaesthetic wears off (Panadol or Advil)

The implant site should be iced for a minimum of 3-12 hours post operatively. Ice helps to deduce inflammation which can cause discomfort.
Do your best to keep the area as clean as possible. It is crucial to follow the post-operative instructions that are provided.

Throbbing pain is not normal following placement of a dental implant.

If you are experiencing pain, what could be the cause?

  • It is possible your Dentist didn’t place your implant in the optimal position
  • You may have an infection
  • A suture could be pulling

If you are experiencing pain please contact your dentist immediately.

What is the price of dental implants?

Here at Dental 359 we recommend beginning with a consultation if you are considering single dental implants. Single implants can cost anywhere from $6,000 depending on the complexity of the case.

Once an examination has taken place and an x-ray has been reviewed by Dr Golestani we can provide an accurate estimate of fees tailored to your individual needs.

What is the cost of All-on-4 Dental Implants?

Our All-On-4 implants provide a permanent, fixed solution to missing teeth – and we want to make sure that your investment provides the results you are after.

The complete procedure can cost anywhere from $23,000 per arch depending on the complexity of the case.  Your fee will include the diagnostic phase, the surgery itself (inclusive of extractions and titanium implant placement) and the fixed permanent bridge (with a milled titanium frame) and 12 weeks’ worth of post-operative care. It is, we believe the most comprehensive package available. We don’t compromise on quality either so you know you are getting your final prosthesis with no need to budget for a replacement bridge months after treatment.

Can I replace all of my teeth with dental implants?

With our revolutionary All-On-4 procedure you certainly can.  If you have several teeth missing, then a fixed implant-supported bridge may be the solution. It has stability and function that dentures cannot offer.

With the All-on-4 procedure you can receive implants and a full set of non-removable replacement teeth in 1 – 3 days. All-on-4 is a cost effective, advanced technique whereby a whole arch of teeth is supported by only 4 implants. This revolutionary treatment concept can be used in either the upper or lower jaw to support immediate fixed replacement teeth.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants are safe when placed by a qualified and experienced dental provider. Here at Dental 359 we use only the highest quality products and materials which is why Dr Golestani places only Nobel Biocare implants.

Nobel Biocare is a world leader in dental implants and is the preferred system of most reputable dentists.

Compared to some dental treatments, implants are all but guaranteed for life. Of course, your dentist will discuss reasons implants fail with you but for the most part, and when patients attend regularly for preventive maintenance you can expect your implant to last your lifetime. The crown itself may need to be replaced over time.

If you are considering dental implants please do your research when it comes to your dental provider to ensure you are in good hands and your investment lasts.

Don’t compromise. It isn’t worth the risk.

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Transforming your smile can be a life changing experience. Smile Makeovers or Cosmetic Dentistry is very much about the appearance of your teeth but more importantly about restoring and improving the health and integrity of your dentition. To achieve this, at Dental 359, we pay close attention to every detail, from the initial consultation, the treatment plan phase, treatment and ultimately, follow-up care.