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Dental Implants

Dental implants are basically titanium root replacements that crowns and bridges can be attached to. The process of bone healing onto titanium was pioneered by Professor Bränemark in Sweden in the 1960’s. These days most dental implant placement is considered relatively routine and predictable due to the advances in implant surface design and manufacturing. There are now over 200 different implant companies worldwide for the dental surgeon to choose from, all varying in cost and scientific evidence. Dr Mallorie has placed dental implants from an array of highly reputable implant manufacturers over the years such as Nobelbiocare, Straumann, Dentsply (previously called Astra), Biomet3i and Sweden&Martina. To consolidate his workflow he now predominantly places Straumann implants which is arguably one of the premium implant manufacturers in the World with volumes of long-term clinical evidence behind them.

 

We are able to provide a full spectrum of tooth replacements with dental implants, from single teeth to a full set of teeth using the “All-On-4” or “Teeth-in-a-day” techniques. Dr Mallorie is skilled at immediate implant placement and immediate restoration whereby a broken tooth may be removed, an implant placed into the socket and a temporary crown placed on the same day. This can often be done via a “key hole” approach with no cuts in the gum or stitches which means little to no pain after surgery.

 

All surgery is meticulously planned using the latest in imaging software (Nobel Clinician) to analyse 3-Dimensional X-rays (Cone Beam CT scans) of the patient’s jaw. Nerves and vital structures can be noted prior to surgery and exact measurements taken to plan safe implant placement. The software can also be used in combination with the 3-D bone scans to design a surgical stent which is then 3-D printed in Sweden ready for surgery. The stent precisely dictates the positioning of the implants which reduces the time taken to perform the surgery as well as the amount of swelling/discomfort experienced after surgery. Dr Mallorie has in the past been requested to lecture on this topic to the Melbourne-Seattle Study Club.

 

Once a dental implant has been placed into the bone it is common to have to wait a period of 3 to 6 months for the bone to heal on to the implant surface. After this time the implanted titanium “root” can be expertly restored with a crown or bridge. In certain clinical situations one implant may be all that is required to replace two teeth.

 

Struggling with loose dentures? Dental implants can be used to help anchor a loose denture or replace them all together with fixed teeth. The increased stabilisation and retention of the denture can greatly increase your confidence, chewing efficiency and most importantly your quality of life.

 

If you are keen to find out more about how Dr Mallorie and his team can help you replace your missing teeth or loose dentures please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation.