Tooth loss negatively impacts many ordinary daily activities, such as speaking, eating and smiling. At CFS Dental, we offer a number of tooth-replacement options to restore the smiles of our patients and improve function. Many patients opt for dental implants because of their many benefits.
Dental Implant Overview
Dental implants are titanium cylinders (screws) that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of the missing teeth.
Once these titanium cylinders are fused to the jawbone, which takes about 3-6 months in a process called osseointegration, they can then be used to hold your dental crown securely. Implants can be an excellent alternative to the removable version of your denture, or fixed dental bridges.
The History of Dental Implants
Pioneered by Professor Branemark of the Gothenburg University of Sweden in the 1970’s, titanium dental implants are the gold standard of all modern implant designs today.
Dr Ng was one of the founding members of the ADA affiliated Society of Osseointegration NSW in 1998 and was involved in the pioneering study, conducted by the University of Sydney collating implant statistics that same year.
'Dental Implants have definitely revolutionised dentistry at large, and transformed the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. It has certainly helped many of my patients to achieve the standard of health that would otherwise be impossible. I cannot begin to fathom where dentistry would be today, without the great Professor Branemark’s genius invention.' - Dr Andrew Ng
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dr Andrew Ng or Dr Clarissa Szeman will first screen your general health and medical condition to decide your suitability for this procedure. Then they will discuss with you your specific dental needs and take a 3-D x-ray (i.e. CBCT) to ascertain if you have adequate jawbone for dental implants.
If you do not have sufficient bone, the probability of bone graft will be discussed. At this stage, all the treatment options with their pros, cons and costs will be explained to you concisely, so that you can come to the best decision to suit your circumstance.
After detailed planning with models of your teeth and a 3-D x-ray, a precise surgical procedure will be planned for you. At the surgery, you will be given comprehensive local anaesthetics to ensure you are comfortable and anxiety free. Medical sedation can be arranged, if you so desire.
The required dental implants are then carefully and accurately placed into your jawbone according to plan. Sometimes, a computer-generated surgical guide is made to help with the precision placement of your implant.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best replacement for your missing teeth. They look and feel like your own as they are connected to your bone, just like your natural teeth. As they do not move, dental implants restore your confidence and comfort during normal function, you can speak, smile and eat regularly again.
Fixed implant-supported crowns and bridges reduce long-term damage to your gum, caused by the constant movement of ill-fitting dentures.
Dental implants do not require the cutting down of your neighbouring teeth as required in conventional crowns and bridges procedures, thus a significantly more conservative approach for preserving the structure of your teeth.
Dental implants can be used to replace single, multiple or full-jaw tooth loss. Depending on your treatment plan, a single implant crown, a multiple implant-supported bridge or full-arch fixed bridge (i.e. the All-on-4 procedure), can be fabricated immediately or within two working days. At CFS Dental, we do our best so you do not have to go through a lengthy toothless period.
The high and predictable rate of success of dental implants means it is cost-effective, compared to most other methods of tooth replacement.
Arrange a Booking with CFS Dental
We welcome you to contact us to arrange an appointment with Dr Ng or Dr Szeman. He will discuss all available options, helping you make a choice that benefits your smile and oral health.