Dr Larry Benge, Bond Street’s lead implant dentist, as well as an international speaker and teacher in the fields of implant and aesthetic dentistry, explains dental implants:
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Tooth & Dental Implants Melbourne
If you are thinking about getting dental implants in Melbourne, it makes a lot of sense to come to the clinic that pioneered and perfected the procedure in Australia. The All-On-4® Protocol by Prof. Paulo & Bond Street Dental is where you will find the top implant dentist in Melbourne, Dr Larry Benge.
Dr Benge not only is a top quality dental surgeon, he is also a teacher and gives talks as a guest speaker at international conferences on dental implant technology. You can be certain the dental implants you get at our clinic are being provided by one of the most experienced and well qualified dental implant surgeons in the nation.
For all the above reasons, it almost goes without saying that the best place to get your Melbourne dental implants is at Bond Street Dental.
Professional & Friendly Implant Dentists
There are two different kinds of tooth implant in Melbourne. The first is for those situations where only a few teeth, or even just one tooth, is/are affected. Your goal here is to keep your natural teeth, which could be the most economical option if you haven't lost too many teeth and your remaining teeth are in reasonable condition.
In this scenario what we're doing is replacing individual missing teeth with custom implants, specially shaped to fit the gap they're being inserted into.
Installing the implants is actually quite a complex operation that is normally performed while the patient is under general anaesthesia. Whatever may remain of the original tooth is extracted, and a threaded rod of titanium, very similar in appearance to a screw, is embedded in its place.
This implant is embedded into the jaw bone, where, thanks to a process called osseointegration, it will bond permanently with the living tissue and become very strong. The bond is orders of magnitude stronger than the attachment of your natural teeth.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
As with all surgeries, some healing time is required. Once a suitable state of osseointegration has been reached, then the next stage of creating your beautiful new smile can be commenced.
At the tip of each implant is a cup shaped receptacle called an abutment. This is what the artificially created tooth will be attached to. There is an important logic in this concept of adding the tooth and the implant separately.
In the unlikely event that the artificial tooth, known as a crown, is damaged in some way, it can easily be replaced without requiring more surgery, which is what would be the case if the crown and implant were both installed as one piece.
Once installed, the crown looks exactly like a natural tooth, and it will have a perfect appearance with the correct shape, alignment, and brightness. These artificial teeth are stronger than natural teeth, embedded more firmly, and they don't contain any nerves so they can't feel pain.
Before you take this as a suggest that you should just get all your natural teeth removed and replaced with dental implants, stop and think for a moment. While it would be wonderful for teeth not to feel pain, those nerves do serve a purpose.
Those nerves in your teeth help you detect hot and cold, so they can tell if you something you're about to put in your mouth may be too hot or too cold. That's a useful feature to have.
Of course there are some cases where it doesn't make sense to keep the natural teeth because they're just too far gone to be salvageable, and in this case the sensible thing to do is extract them, but this is something you need to discuss carefully with the dentist.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The importance of replacing missing teeth as quickly as possible is something that must be understood. If you delay seeking treatment, it can lead to much more serious problems developing, and these developments can take place surprisingly fast.
Without teeth in place to hold the shape of the jaw, it will actually change shape, and this will permanently alter your appearance. Living the rest of your life with an unfamiliar face would be quite an uncomfortable prospect, wouldn't it?
That's only one of the many other potential consequences of ignoring the replacement of missing teeth. Having no teeth at all is the most serious situation, because the regeneration of cells in the jaw bone depends on pressure being transmitted through the teeth.
No teeth means no pressure and that, in turn, means no new bone material being laid down. Over time, the jawbone will become thinner and weaker. In consequence, the face will begin to lose structural integrity. The cheeks will become hollow and sag, and then it is only a matter of time before the rest of the face follows.
Taking care of your teeth is vitally important for health reasons and cosmetic reasons, so you must always replace a tooth that is absent.
When all of the teeth on one or both jaws need replacing, there is a special kind of implant procedure that can be used. Instead of each tooth having an individual implant, four strategically placed implants are embedded to support all the teeth.
This procedure is called "All On Four", and it offers many advantages over using individual implants for each tooth.
Quality Tooth Implants at the Lowest Cost
The first advantage is that because only four implants need to be embedded, the surgery can be performed in much less time than if each tooth had to be implanted separately. It also means faster healing time, and because of the way the load is spread over multiple points, the crowns can be fitted sooner, as there is much less risk of the implants moving even if they haven't yet fully osseointegrated.
Having any kind of implant procedure is obviously a major decision, and one where you'll need to make sure you have all the information you need to make that decision.
Contact us at Bond Street Dental on 1300 266 378 to arrange an obligation-free consultation where you can find out all the facts about dental implants and whether they're the right option for your situation.
Bond Street Dental is the best dental clinic in Melbourne. We specialise in cosmetic dentistry, sleep dentistry, childrens dentistry, digital smile design, wisdom teeth removal, root canal treatment, wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and lip fillers. We also offer teeth whitening in South Yarra, teeth whitening in Melbourne, veneers in South Yarra, veneers in Melbourne, dental implants in South Yarra and dental implants in Melbourne. Book an appointment with one of our friendly and professional dental hygienists today!
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What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a medical grade titanium post placed into the jawbone as a substitute for a missing tooth root. The implant integrates naturally with the bone. Implants can also be for the entire upper and lower set of teeth, depending on the requirements. An implant for a single tooth is considered permanent and overcomes many of the challenges faced by more temporary solutions.
Are implants safe?
Teeth can be lost due to many reasons, but there is no reason why you should live without your teeth, as dental implants can provide a completely safe way of replacing a number of missing teeth, or all your teeth if necessary.
As with any surgical procedure there are some risks, however the expertise of your practitioner can help in reducing unnecessary risk. Bond Street Dental offers one of the leading implant teams in Australia. We are also one of the few clinics that has a maxillofacial surgeon on staff (About our team).
Dental implants and Bond Street Dental
Dental implants have developed into a structured, well-defined and researched procedure and are today considered the standard of care for many oral conditions. All-On-4® Protocol by Prof. Paulo has a worldwide reputation for its research, development and innovative solutions relating to implants. The All-On-4procedure was invented by Dr Paulo . Bond Street, thanks to our unique partnership with Prof. Paulo globally, brings this level of expertise to Melbourne.
From replacing a single tooth, to full mouth rehabilitation with fixed replacement teeth implants, this has become a routine procedure at Bond Street Dental. There are many advantages to permanent implants including replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
As a global innovator, Prof. Paulo in conjunction with Bond Street Dental provides patients with an experienced implant team that has helped pioneer implantology in Australia.
The All-On-4® Procedure
The All-On-4® procedure was created by Dr Paulo in Portugal, to overcome the risks of failure presented by implants that required bone grafting. The All-On-4 procedure is unique in that it uses the bone that the patient has available to anchor the implants. By avoiding the need for bone grafting, the procedure delivers some immediate benefits:
- Improved implant success rate.
- Lower cost to patient.
- Reduced number of operations.
- Immediate teeth.
Would you like to know more? You are invited to attend a free seminar and meet the implant team.
By attending one of our free information evenings, you can learn everything there is to know about the All-On-4® dental implant treatment. During the seminar, Dr Larry Benge will discuss vital subjects such as eligibility criteria for patients who want to benefit from All-On-4®, the cost of the procedure, the success rate and other important information patients need to know when it concerns All-On-4®. Bond Street Dental organises the free information evenings on a regular basis, but the seats for these information evenings are limited. Therefore, we kindly ask that patients who are interested in attending register their interest on the website beforehand. To register your interest, simply head over to our free information evenings section and select the number of seats you wish to reserve. If there are no more seats available for the seminar, you can also register your interest for future information evenings. When a new information evening becomes available, our team will contact you right away.
On the Bond Street Dental website, patients can find more information about other available treatments as well; this includes teeth whitening procedures, preventative dentistry, root canal treatments and more. So, if you are visiting the Bond Street Dental Clinic for a specific procedure and want to learn more before your appointment, you can refer to these information pages. Alternatively, if you have an interest in dental health, you can also obtain valuable information from the Dr Larry Benge Podcasts. The podcasts are available for download and listening on the website, but also on iTunes. So, if you are interested in dental health, be sure to take advantage of these available information sources provided by Bond Street Dental.