Dental Implants Are The Modern Alternative to Replacing Missing Teeth and Dentures
Are you missing single, multiple or all your teeth? Are you tired of wearing dentures? Dental implants may be the answer. They are a fixed alternative to restoring gaps as a result of missing teeth giving you the confidence to not only smile but enjoy being able to chew again.
Dr Rod Ashton has been performing surgical placement and restoration of single and multiple implants for over 20 years. Dr Ashton is a member of the Australian Osseointergration Society. He has completed a Masters program in Implant Dentistry at the University of California in Los Angeles and has a Level III qualification from the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry.
All-on-4 , The Modern Alternative to Dentures
The loss of teeth and the hassle of dentures can have a considerable impact on our everyday lives. Thankfully modern dentistry has come a long way over time and offers us a huge variety of solutions to replace and restore teeth enabling us to eat the foods we love, and feel and smile with confidence again.
The All-on-4 advanced dental solution is the modern alternative to dentures using four dental implants to support a full arch of teeth. With most All-on-4 cases, patients can enjoy the convenience of an immediate full set of attractive, natural looking teeth in as little as 1-3 days.
The All-on-4 concept is a common procedure for patients who have lost all or most of their teeth, or are not a candidate for traditional implants or bone grafting.
The benefits of using this modern technique include:
- Fully functional teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
- Immediate replacement of teeth, often in 1-3 days.
- Easy cleaning and maintenance.
- Less Implants.
- Technique can be used for both upper and lower jaw.
- Natural looking gums and lips.
- High success rates.
Dr Ashton uses state of the art equipment and the latest technology at Ashton Dental to provide exceptional comfort and safety for our patients. Sedation and general anaesthetic services are available for the All-on-4 dental implant procedure.
Learn more about the All-on-4 dental implant solution and what options are available to you, simply phone for a consultation with Dr Ashton on (07) 4051 7333
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that acts to replace the root of a tooth and supports a restoration. It is initially held in place by its thread and with time becomes fused or integrated to the bone.
Am I a suitable candidate for Dental Implants?
Prior to implant treatment, a comprehensive plan is prepared. This usually involves an x-ray, a ct scan of the jawbone and diagnostic models. Using this information we can assess suitability and discuss treatment options.
How many teeth can be replaced?
An implant can replace just one tooth or all teeth for someone wearing full dentures. Often an entire jaw can be restored with as few as 4 implants.
Will it be painful?
Most implants (95%) are placed under local anaesthetic. It is usually a less traumatic procedure than removing the teeth that need replacing. Sometimes implants are placed under general anaesthetic for longer procedures or the more nervous patient.
How long does it take?
Usually following surgical placement an implant is left for a period of 3 - 6 months prior to placement of a permanent crown or bridge. Often a provisional restoration is placed on the day of the surgery. Sometimes a fractured tooth can be removed and an implant placed at the same time. This is called immediate replacement.
How long do they last?
The success rate for dental implants is around 98 – 99%. Some medical conditions create a higher risk of failure as does smoking. At Ashton dental, all implant treatment comes with a 5 year warranty when a regular dental hygiene maintenance program is adhered to.
What type of implants do you use?
At Ashton Dental, we only use systems backed by extensive research and documented reliability. We use Nobel Biocare and Neoss systems.
Implant Appointments – What to expect at each appointment
Consultation - The first step is to meet with Dr Ashton to discuss the procedure and establish the type of treatment that will best suit your requirements. We will then prescribe a treatment plan that is suited to you which usually includes the cost and time frame of appointments. At this appointment, Dr Ashton will conduct an oral examination, take x-rays where indicated, impressions for study models and clinical photographs. We will also refer you to have a scan taken of the jawbone before the next appointment if you choose to proceed.
Implant Surgery - Generally Dr Ashton will perform the dental implant surgery in his rooms under a Local Anaesthetic. In some cases, he may perform the procedure under a General Anaesthetic at Cairns Central Day Hospital. The procedure is undertaken in a sterile environment to prevent any infections and complications so you will notice the room is surgically draped. The procedure usually takes around 1-2 hours depending on the number of implants you require and if a bone graft or provisional crown is needed.
Post Surgery - Dr Ashton will see you around 7 – 14 days following the Implant procedure to review the site and remove any sutures if required.
Implant Exposure (not always required) – Sometimes a further minor surgical procedure is required to expose the implant and place a healing cap. Most of the time this is not required.
Implant Impressions – After the implant integration process has taken place, it is now time to create the dental implant restoration (crown, bridge or prosthesis). At this appointment, Dr Ashton will take impressions of your mouth for the laboratory to fabricate the restoration. He may also take photographs and take a shade of your teeth to establish the colour and shape of the crown.
Placement of Restoration – This is the final appointment. Dr Ashton will place the final restoration and make any minor adjustments to the restoration if needed.
Review – This is usually performed 6-8 weeks after the final crown has been placed, where minor adjustments, final photographs and radiographs may be taken.
This is an important part of your implant treatment. All implants need to be reviewed at 6-12 month intervals by both our hygienist and Dr Ashton to ensure the optimal ongoing health of the implant and surrounding tissues.
For further information please contact Ashton Dental on
(07) 4051 7333 for a Dental Implant Consultation.