About Dental Implants

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The discomfort and embarrassment of dentures are now a thing of the past. Dental implants are a reliable, long-term, fixed solution for missing teeth.

  • Implants are fixed and do not need to be removed
  • Unlike dentures, they do not trap food and are not a cause of embarrassment
  • Unlike a bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap do not need to be prepared, avoiding complications such as root canal treatment and decay

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium screw that is screwed into the jaw bone in the area of a missing tooth. The jaw bone then grows into the surface of the titanium forming a very strong biological bond. The implant then acts like the root of a tooth which a porcelain tooth then can be screwed into.

Replacement of a single tooth

Complete your smile and replace a broken or missing tooth with an aesthetic, natural-looking and feeling single dental implant.

  • Can often be done at the time of the removal of the existing tooth
  • The implant is placed into the jaw bone 
  • This will hold an abutment (connector) and a porcelain crown
  • Completed using top-of-the-range European implants
  • Porcelain tooth by local master technicians

Multiple Implants

Do you have multiple missing teeth? It is no longer necessary to fill these gaps with dentures or to cut down neighbouring teeth for a bridge. The team at the Sydney Implant Institute can restore your smile and function with dental implants.[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

  • It is usually not necessary to replace each tooth with one dental implant
  • Implants are mechanically stronger than teeth and can often support more than one tooth. For example, two dental implants can often support 4 missing teeth
  • These teeth are called implant bridges. Dental implant bridges can replace long spans of missing teeth with natural, beautiful looking porcelain ones.
  • In fact, implants often perform better when placed further away from other implants
  • At The Sydney Implant Institute, we can often remove teeth and place multiple implants in the same surgical appointment. This is usually done under sedation (twilight dentistry).
  • This way you can achieve the bite, function and beautiful smile you have been looking for sooner!

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Full Mouth Dental Implants

Often we see patients where it is not possible or practical to save any remaining teeth. In these cases, we can restore your function and aesthetics with whole mouth dental implants. This will allow you to smile again in photos and enjoy the foods you have been missing out upon.[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]All On 4 is the most common way to replace an entire arch of missing teeth but individual implant bridges can be combined to support a full set of porcelain teeth that will look and function as closely to natural teeth as possible.[/expander_maker]

Types of Dental Implants

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Implant Brands/Manufacturers

At The Sydney Implant Institute we only use implants manufactured by the world’s leading implant companies. 

Nobel Biocare is the largest, oldest and most researched dental implant company in the world. Founded by the inventor of dental implants this Swedish company can be relied upon to produce consistent quality and cutting edge technology.

We also utilise Straumann Implants. These are made in Switzerland and are renowned as the most prestigious and expensive implants on the market. The company prides itself upon leading research and innovation in order to provide patients with the most predictable results.[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] All All On 4 cases will be treated with Nobel Biocare implants, most cases involving back teeth will be Straumann implants and most cases in the aesthetic zone (front) will again be Nobel Biocare implants.

  • Better quality of implant, and therefore anchorage, increases safety during the early healing phase and leads to a superior structural and functional connection between vital bone and the implant
  • The SLActive® surface of the Straumann Dental Implant System can reduce the healing period from 6–8 weeks down to 3–4 weeks in all indications*.
  • Nobel Biocare implants utilise TiUnite surfaces that are very conducive to forming an early biological connection with the jaw bone.
  • The machining tolerances utilised by these implant companies mean that all componentry fits precisely with NO movement. This stops bacteria from the mouth being able to disrupt the biological union during function (eating).
  • So better implants with better surfaces lead to faster and more predictable treatment outcomes

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Ceramic/Non-metal Dental Implants
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Many patients would prefer not to have a metal implant placed in their bodies. While there is absolutely no evidence against using titanium implants, implant companies have recognised the desire in the market and now manufacture zirconia based implants.

The jaw bone grows into the ceramic implant much the same way as it does into a normal titanium implant.

The Straumann “One” implant is the leader in this technology and thus the only ceramic implant we use at The Sydney Implant Institute.[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

  • The Straumann “One” implant is ceramic and a pure white colour. This makes it appealing in some cases in the aesthetic zone if bone and gum are very thin. 
  • Ceramic implants have not been researched as heavily or for as long as titanium implants. However the early results are encouraging.
  • There are also not as many options as far as restoring (putting teeth on) ceramic implants. The Straumann “One” implant needs a cement retained crown as it lacks the internal screw channel present in titanium implants.
  • If you are thinking of a ceramic implant come and see The Sydney Implant Institute for a complimentary consultation to see if they are right for you.

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How does it work?

Dental implants can be used to replace one, multiple or a full arch of missing teeth. Professor Brannemark, the inventor of dental implants, found over 50 years ago (by accident) that when titanium screws were left behind in rabbits, the titanium formed an oxide layer that enabled the bone cells to grow into. When a titanium implant is placed into the jaw bone the same thing happens and a strong, reliable biological union is formed. This then allows us to place a tooth of any shape and colour onto the implant, a tooth that doesn’t decay or hurt!

  • The titanium screw replaces and acts like the root of the tooth, providing the foundations for one or more teeth
  • The implant has an internal screw channel that allows us to screw an abutment (connector) into the implant
  • This abutment then supports the porcelain (sometimes resin if it is temporary) tooth
  • The abutments are screwed and torqued into the implant so they don’t come loose during function
  • The teeth can be made in any shape or colour to match your existing teeth, or your desired colour and shape if you are doing all your teeth.
  • The gum then forms an attachment to the abutment and tooth that prevents bacteria from the mouth disturbing the implant inside the jaw bone

Is it right for me?

We do dental implants all day, every day. We offer a non-threatening, non-judgemental environment where our specialised team will make the process of having a dental implant as clear, easy and comfortable as possible.

At the Sydney Implant Institute, we make sure we are up to date on all the latest cutting edge procedures that make implants more available, accessible and possible than they were in years gone by. 

If you have been told you can’t have dental implants, improvements in technology and techniques may mean that you no longer have to tolerate those gaps or dentures.

We have placed implants in patients as young as 18 and as old as 91. Most patients are fit and healthy enough to tolerate dental implant surgery, however we always perform thorough medical screening to ensure that this is the case.

Having a tooth extracted is usually more invasive and uncomfortable than having an implant placed.[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Before you decide upon having one or more dental implants it is important to come and see us for a complimentary consultation where we can assess your suitability.

  • Medical screening ensures you are healthy enough for the surgery and sedation if required. The vast majority of people are. On rare occasions we will need to contact your GP or medical specialist
  • Thorough dental screening will enable us to assess if an implant is the right treatment for you.
  • We will discuss all your treatment options, sometimes there are other ways to treat missing or failing teeth
  • A 3D digital scan will enable us to determine if you have enough bone to support the implant or if we need to add some (bone grafting)
  • Digital photography and study models of your mouth will enable us to determine the most beautiful and harmonious way to restore your tooth and smile

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Dental implant procedure

Dental implants are a procedure to replace missing teeth. In this procedure, the root of the natural tooth is replaced with a metal cylinder shaped like a screw inserted directly into the jaw and permanently replaces the missing tooth. The implant has three parts:

  • The screw, known as post or fixture.
  • An abutment, the extension of the post and connects the implant below and the implant crown.
  • A dental crown that artificially replaces the tooth and sits on top of the abutment.

Dental implants pros

In addition to having the same appearance, dental implants fulfil the same function like real teeth. One of the advantages of having a dental implant is that when it is placed in the jaw, there is a bone healing process, so it fuses with the jawbone, which allows the bone density to be preserved, and there is no risk that it will slip or damage the bone. This is important because after the extraction of a tooth, as there is no chewing or biting stimulation, the jaw may begin to shrink and bone loss may occur (known as bone resorption). Also, the jawbone may lose density which will affect your smile and may result in facial changes. Also, the teeth may move, resulting in changes in bite and problems with the jaw joints. For this reason, after the extraction, depending on your conditions, your dentist may recommend replacing the tooth with a dental implant. With this procedure, the natural tooth’s root is replaced and provides the necessary support to maintain the proper bone structure.

Dental Bridges Sydney

Sydney Implant institute offers patients the ability to close missing gaps through the use of dental implant bridges. Implant bridges consist of placing dental implants on either side of the missing space in order to create a pontic (fake tooth) attached to the prosthesis. Bridges are highly suitable for patients that require a return of functionality to their mouth. The appearance of our porcelain bridges seamlessly matches the shape and colour of your current dentition.Bridges can be placed in the back of the mouth to simulate molar teeth and/or even placed to rejuvenate and cosmetically address missing anterior teeth.