IMPLANT DENTISTRY

IMPLANT DENTISTRY

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At Sydney Prosthodontic Group, we don’t just treat teeth, we treat people! We understand that people don’t just want implants or crowns per se, they want functional and beautiful looking teeth to improve their lives, to improve their confidence, to eat whatever they want, to be themselves, to laugh out loud, and to live life to the fullest without being held back. Hence our motto, “improving lives, one smile at a time”!

From the start of your journey to completion, we plan and execute treatment with you in mind. Our focus is not only to achieve the best long-term outcome but also how to get you there in the most comfortable and ideal manner. We take into consideration your lifestyle, work commitments, social requirements, financial limitations and anxiety level. All aspects of your comfort and convenience are carefully considered and maximised throughout the process. This is one of the reasons why our patients are extremely satisfied with our services.

Our specialist prosthodontists offer a comprehensive range of personalised treatment solutions. Whether you are looking for treatment of a single tooth or of a full-mouth dental makeover, our prosthodontists will deliver the result that you envisage. There is often more than one solution to a problem in life and similarly with modern dentistry, there are many options. Our prosthodontists will discuss your individually-tailored treatment plan in detail, explaining the pros and cons of all treatment options in determining the plan that best suits your needs.

In this section we have listed a few common problems and treatment options that we offer. Please be mindful that not all options are suitable for everyone.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

If you are missing one tooth, a number of teeth or all of your teeth, dental implants may be the solution. As a specialist prosthodontist, Dr. Lee spends most of his time performing dental implant surgeries and bone grafting. Dr. Lee chooses to only use dental implants and grafting material made of the highest international quality with more than 10 years of research showing the best long-term outcome. All implant surgeries are carried out under the strictest full-sterile protocol to maintain our zero-infection record.

All implant crowns and bridges are constructed of the highest international quality combined with the best aesthetics. All laboratory work is hand-crafted in Sydney by only the finest ceramists in the country under Dr. Lee’s protocols. Our implant crowns and bridges are always designed to connect to the supporting dental implants via screws to ensure easy retrieval and avoidance of residual dental glue. Implant crowns and bridges should not be glued to the supporting dental implants.

There are two main reasons why dental implants could fail, the first being infection and the second being too much biting pressure. A thorough analysis of your dental history and present condition is critical to determine your treatment risk level, treatment suitability and prevention strategies. This is the first critical step in receiving quality dental care.

With over 3000 lives improved and thousands of implants placed and restored, Dr. Lee has perfected his craft in implant dentistry and is one of the leading experts in this field.

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BONE GRAFTING AND
SINUS LIFT

As a result of infection, trauma, long-standing tooth loss or naturally occurring low bone volume, sometimes it is necessary to “grow” additional bone at the time of implant surgery to ensure there is sufficient bone to completely encompass the dental implant.

There are a number of techniques available with the most common called Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR). This technique involves placing bovine bone particles at the site of interest before covering with a dissolvable membrane to stabilise the particles. The implant is usually placed at the same time with the gum tissue closed over the top. In time, your bone cells will “eat-up” the bone graft particles and replace it with your own bone. Quite remarkable isn’t it?

This is a very common procedure in Dr Lee’s hands which takes place almost daily, which is why he is a leading expert in this field.

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DENTAL IMPLANT BRIDGES

When it comes to the replacement of more than one missing tooth, a number of dental implants can be placed to support a dental bridge. Most commonly, only two dental implants are used to replace 3 to 4 missing teeth. This concept is also commonly used when a patient has lost all of their teeth to provide them with a third set of ‘teeth’. This option is as close as it comes to feeling like you have natural teeth again.

There are two main reasons why dental implants could fail, the first being infection and the second being too much biting pressure. A thorough analysis of your dental history and present condition is critical to determine your treatment risk level, treatment suitability and prevention strategies. This is the first critical step in receiving quality dental care.

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FULL MOUTH FAILING &
MISSING TEETH MANAGEMENT

Unfortunately, sometimes all of one’s teeth are beyond saving due to tooth decay, gum disease, severe loss of tooth structure, genetic reasons or neglect. To replace all the failed and missing teeth, many options exists in the world of modern dentistry. Specialist prosthodontists are the dental specialist of choice to discuss your treatment options as we are the recognised dental specialty to manage the replacement of missing teeth.

Options available, include traditional removable dentures, fixed full-mouth implant bridges and removable implants-secured dentures. Each options carries unique pros and cons which must be thoroughly discussed before decision making. A careful diagnosis of the reason why natural teeth were lost so that your next set of ‘teeth’ do not fail in the same matter is critical to the long-term success of your treatment.

At SPG, we pride ourselves on our ability to carry out correct diagnosis, provide ethical advice and obtain the highest level of treatment success so that you can enjoy your life to the fullest for many years to come.

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Implants Secured Dentures

IMPLANT-SECURED DENTURES

If the dentures that you have been wearing for some time are becoming unsightly, loose or hurt upon chewing, you may want to consider having a few implants placed to act as stabilisers to secure your dentures. This will improve appearance, comfort, speech and chewing as well as being a great option for those at high-risk of developing implant infections because the easily-removable dentures allow for ideal access for daily cleaning of the implants.

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MANAGEMENT OF IMPLANT COMPLICATIONS

Unfortunately, as dental specialist prosthodontists, we are often referred from other dentists to manage implant complications or failures which have occurred on patients that were not treated by us, including:

  • Broken dental implants or screws
  • Loose dental implants or screws
  • Pain associated with dental implants
  • Dental implant gum disease or infection
  • Poor cosmetic outcome
  • Previously failed dental implants

Unfortunately we are seeing an increasing number of referrals belonging to this category. The reason why this is more concerning when compared to a failed dental filling is because of its surgical nature. When dental implants fail, they often need surgical removal, complex bone grafting and complicated implant restoration to rectify the problem. This management is not only very expensive, more discomforting, and more time consuming but it can also be emotionally devastating. We strongly recommend all patients carry out thorough research prior to undertaking dental implant treatments.

Dental Implant Complications
COSMETIC DENTISTRY
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY