Dental Implants are mostly made from Grade 4 titanium, and act as replacements and the foundation for your lost tooth.
General Implant Information
Implants for front teeth
Anterior implants are an effective replacement for lost front teeth, and have the greatest potential amongst all tooth replacement remedies, to last a life time. When coordinated and planned in consultation with your implant restorative dentist, a maxillofacial surgical specialist can place an implant, moulding your gum line in a way that makes the final implant supported crown look natural. Modern implants use pure titanium supports which “fuse” to and maintain your natural living bone, with a zirconia abutment which in turn supports your gums in a healthy and sustained way. The final crown can be manufactured with hues and stains to blend in with your natural surrounding teeth. The final result is lasting, beautiful, and importantly for you… natural.
Anterior tooth replacement is aesthetically and clinically challenging. Different style of dentistry, as well as different demands posed by surgical anatomy and the shape of individual teeth and gum lines, lead to subtle differences in surgical treatment planning from person to person, and tooth to tooth. Implant sizes and materials change as different teeth are replaced, and where orientations of adjacent teeth vary.
Implants for back teeth
Posterior implants offer the best replacement for lost side or back teeth... Both for looks and function.
Modern implants use pure titanium supports which “fuse” to & maintain your natural living bone, with a zirconia or titanium abutment which in turn supports your gums in a healthy & sustained way.
Dental implants are placed into healthy jaw bone by an oral & maxillofacial surgeon. After a period of integration, an implant restorative dentist will then use your implant to support a dental crown or bridge.
The final porcelain crown can be manufactured with hues & stains to blend in with your natural surrounding teeth.
The final result is lasting, functional, beautiful, & importantly for you … natural.
Implants used to support fixed or removable dentures & bridges
When someone has been without their own teeth (edentulous) for a lengthy period of time... the part of the jaw bone that once held teeth deteriorates and resorbs away.
Normal jaw bone seen surrounding natural teeth in a 36 year old male. Notice the full height of jaw bone which will become lost as teeth potentially also become lost. Notice the height of normal jaw bone, with the majority being alveolar bone that surrounds teeth roots.
Developing jaw bone (alveolar) resorption seen locally in areas of posterior (molar) tooth loss in a 55 year old male. Teeth had been removed 15 years previously. Notice the thinning of the posterior mandible, as alveolar bone continues to resorb away.
Severe alveolar bone resorption seen in both jaws in an 85 year old female. Complete lower loss of teeth occurred 40 years previously, & the lower full denture is non-functional; affecting the quality & range of nutritional intake.
This resorption compromises the retention of the full or partial denture. The effect is seen in both jaws, but is especially seen in the mandible.
The result is a person eventually being unable to wear their denture(s). An eventuality that effects eating & enjoyment of life, & often comes at an age when people are most vulnerable to the effects of poor nutrition... our elderly.
A selection of dentures is seen at right, including full acrylic & partial Co-Cr dentures.
Whilst dentures are an effective and convenient way of replacing the look and aesthetics of lost teeth, implants are a convenient & simple way to help in the retention & improved function of full or partial removable dentures or bridge work.
Modern implants use pure titanium supports which “fuse” to & maintain your natural living bone. Used with either zirconia or titanium "supra-structures" or special "clicking" locators, implants can be used to lock into the underside of your removable dentures, to dramatically improve retention and biting forces.
Implant secured dentures are a cheap, effective & simple way to support dentures, to improve chewing & to enhance the simple enjoyment of eating.
If you are elderly, and have a chronic medical condition, call us to find out about special specialist-only finance schemes that can dramatically subsidise your treatment costs.
Implant retained upper removable denture
Strategically placed upper implants can assist in retaining partial or full dentures where there is excessive bone loss, or existing poor retention features in your existing denture. Two or three implants are a cost-effective alternative to full reconstruction alternatives, and can dramatically improve chewing function with your existing denture design
Implant retained upper fixed full denture
Implant retained maxillary bridge-work can be extended to reconstruction of an entire upper arch of teeth. The All-On-Four design framework (utilising internal cone AstraTech technology) allows for minimisation of implant numbers, and for construction of a substantial and stable zirconium or titanium supra-structure, which in turn provides solid foundation for a full arch reconstruction of your maxillary teeth
Implant retained maxillary bridges
Where back teeth are lost, the wearing of a partial upper denture to replace lost molar teeth can be uncomfortable, especially as palatal plate coverage is often required. Replacing posterior teeth through implant supported bridges, dramatically lengthens the occlusal table, replicates the shape and function of your missing teeth, and permanently does away with dentures.
Implant retained lower removable dentures
The lower full denture is a notoriously difficult appliance to use, especially as mandibular jaw bone can resorb away to a degree that can totally eliminate any potential for denture retention.With loss of retention, chewing ability decreases, until eventually the wearer is forced to sustain themselves on a puree diet. Strategically placed implants can dramatically improve full-denture retention and chewing function.
Implant retained lower fixed full denture
The ultimate in full lower reconstruction, implants offer a real and long term solution to complete lower tooth loss. The prospect of losing teeth is daunting enough, but the prospect of a life time of full lower denture wear can be a formidable physical commitment. Strategically placed implants are long term solution to complete tooth loss, and can help retain full lower fixed prostheses, with dramatic improvements in chewing ability and oral comfort.
Implant retained mandibular bridges
Where back teeth are lost, the wearing of a partial lower denture to replace lost molar teeth can be uncomfortable, with denture wear potentially accelerating remaining tooth loss. Replacing posterior teeth through implant supported bridges, dramatically lengthens the occlusal table, replicates the shape and function of your missing teeth, and permanently does away with dentures.
Full Arch Reconstruction
When all teeth in an arch are lost (a total of 16 teeth), full dentures have been the traditional means of replacing the ability to chew and smile.
With the bone loss that occurs with missing teeth, the lower denture in particular becomes loose and uncomfortable. Whilst serving very well as an aesthetic appliance, it is very poorly tolerated for eating. With age, patients will often revert to puree diets, or not use their dentures at all for chewing because of the extremely poor retention.
Implants can be used to “lock” a removable denture or to permanently “bolt” them in for a permanent arch of teeth.
This incredibly complex, and technically demanding process can take upwards of 12 months to complete. Treatment is a combination of efforts between implant manufacturers, surgeons, implant restorative dentists, and specialist technicians, and as a service is relatively new one to the Hunter region.
Overall, the process incorporates specialist bone augmentation techniques, implant placement, and then prosthodontic construction of zirconia or titanium structures. These in turn ultimately support teeth, and are bolted permanently to the client's integrated implants.
What happens when you lose a tooth?
When teeth are lost, they need to be replaced to prevent adjacent tooth migration, and over-eruption of the opposing teeth.
Importantly, teeth need to be replaced in order to regain the lost function of the missing tooth (for biting and æsthetic purposes).
In the past there were only two dental options to replace missing teeth.
These are removable appliances.
They rely on unsightly “clasps” for retention.
They tend to be bulky, and fall out when a person is laughing widely or has a broad smile.
Retention of dentures worsens over time as underlying bone resorbs away.
These are fixed appliances.
They require preparation of the adjacent teeth (i.e. cutting away the enamel of the crown).
They can be a suitable option if the teeth adjacent to the space are heavily restored, but are damaging to teeth that have no (or small) restorations present.
Bridges replacing missing anterior teeth can have a poor aesthetic result due to the bone loss in the area of the replaced tooth.
Dentures and bridges are not permanent and have a high biological and financial cost over your lifetime.
Now modern dentistry, in combination with modern techniques of specialist maxillofacial surgery, offers real & comprehensive tooth replacement through dental titanium implants.
Titanium Dental Implants
An implant placed by an Oral & Maxillofacial surgical specialist, (with due life time care by the patient) can be expected to last a life time.
By being implanted in bone, implants are self supporting structures, which are independent of adjacent teeth. The implant platform serves as a secure "root" for a new dental crown, or to attach wider types of dental restorations, such as implant-supported bridges or dentures.
Like any strong partner, implants are also protective, and take an increased share of occlusal loading away from their natural neighbours.
The dental implant itself consists of two surfaces; an inner and an outer.
The outer surface is made of a special form of titanium oxide, and has a complex shape; which somewhat resembles a screw. Implants come in all shapes and sizes, and by many different manufacturers. Only certain types of shapes are able to both mechanically lock with surrounding jaw bone, as well as stimulate micro-forces, which enhance atomic and cellular bone mineralisation & osseointegration with the specially treated implant surface.
The inner surface, usually made of pure titanium, utilises screw threads and internal locking devices, which can secure a permananlty attached tooth, or denture appliance. As the implant needs to function in a hostile environment, with extreme repeat forces (and over a lifetime), design of these retention elements are extremely important.
Profilo only uses higher-grade specialist-only implant products; with manufacturer life-time material & osseo-integration warranties.
We use AstraTech and 3I implants, each of which have multiple designs & surface types; only one of which will be ideal for you. As part of your consultation & treatment planning, the specialist maxillofacial surgeon importantly selects specific implant types that will preferentially suit your personal jaw bone & restorative situation.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jaw bone by specialist surgeons.
Once they have completely healed (osseointegrated), the implant is used to support bridges, dentures, or individual crowns.
The team at Profilo know that the loss of your tooth can have devastating consequences for you.
Apart from appearance or embarrassment, there is alteration to speaking and dietary habits, excessive strain on remaining teeth, and also loss of surrounding gum or jaw bone.
Dental implants, and dental implant procedures are specialized ones. And we have the solution to suit every implant treatment need,
If your dentures lack retention, or are excessively loose, or you are embarrassed that your dentures can fall out, or that you can no longer chew normally… then Dental Implants are perfect for you.
Dental implants will help you get your beautiful smile back… and with careful treatment planning, dental implants can give you the perfect smile you have always dreamed of.
By replacing lost teeth, dental implants prevent further loss of your healthy teeth.
Dental implant crowns look and feel comfortable to your gums and lips, and appear very natural. Other people will never notice that you have had the Dental Implants.
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At Profilo, we offer treatment under general anaesthesia, IV sedation, or under local anaesthetic… But our aim is to make you feel comfortable throughout the entire procedure. You need never fear the dentist again.
Feel free to contact our friendly Profilo staff to arrange a consultation with our dental implant specialists.
Your consultation costs are deducted from any treatment that you have with us… effectively making your x-rays, volumetric scans and consultations… free
If you already have a written quotation for dental implants from another practitioner… bring that to us, and we’ll see if we can beat that… and the advantage is, you are STILL being treated by trained and registered specialists.
At Profilo, your well being… is our first priority.
Profilo are located in offices based in Newcastle (Hunter Region of NSW) and Sydney, with leading radiology, diagnostic and treatment provision services.
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