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Implant Dentistry

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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

For further information please contact Ashton Dental on
(07) 4051 7333 for a Dental Implant Consultation.