All Teeth Replacement

All Teeth Replacement

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Dental implants are a godsend for people wearing full dentures to replace their upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.

Full dentures frequently move during talking, eating and mouth opening, causing both embarrassment and discomfort to the wearer. Full dentures also make chewing very difficult. In addition, bone loss after tooth extraction can cause your face to ‘sink’, causing a prematurely aged appearance.

The placement of dental implants into the jaw bone can easily restore a toothless mouth to ideal aesthetics and function. Two to six implants are usually placed, and the teeth anchored securely to them. In the past this involved major surgery, stitches and approximately two weeks without teeth. Today, revolutionary computer-guided surgery allows us to place up to six implants within an hour using a keyhole technique and no stitches. Teeth can be placed on the implants on the same day, and post-operative pain and swelling are negligible, meaning that patients can chew their dinner that night with their new, secure teeth.

Full denture replacement with dental implants is Dr Worthington’s forte, and the procedure from which he derives most satisfaction. Dr Worthington has performed more of this type of surgery than any other dentist in Australasia, and finds the transformations in the lives of his patients after surgery very gratifying.

There are two ways in which implants can be used to improve your situation if you currently use or need a denture. The first is called a fixed bridge, where a full set of new teeth are attached permanently to implants placed into your jaw. This is commonly known as an all-on-four or all-on-six. The second is an implant retained overdenture, where we adapt your current denture (or make you a new one) which will snap on to two implants. This overdenture can be removed at night or for cleaning.

Fixed bridge step-by-step procedure

Here's an example of how we can replace your teeth if they are all missing, or if all the teeth require removal. In this case, a fixed bridge - with all of the teeth contained in one unit - is attached to a few dental implants.

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Beforehand

After your consultation and x-rays some preparatory treatment may be required. Then using 3-dimensional CAD-CAM computer planning, Dr Worthington or Dr Sauer will plan the entire procedure in advance and a special guide for the surgery will be prepared.


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Placing the implants
This is usually a procedure of about 1 hour duration, performed under local anaesthesia. Surgery is performed using the pre-formed guide and a keyhole technique, so there are no stitches and little or no post-operative swelling and discomfort.


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Attaching the bridge
This is usually performed about an hour after implant placement. This is a simple procedure with no discomfort. Your teeth are now ready for function!


final solution.JPGThe beautiful result
Your new teeth look and feel just like natural teeth. You will now be able to eat foods that were impossible to manage with dentures.

Overdenture step-by-step procedure

Here’s another example of how we can replace your teeth if they are all missing (or if all teeth require removal).

In this case an overdenture is anchored to two dental implants. The implants stabilize the denture and keep it firmly in position.

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The first step is installing dental implants to secure the overdenture. Only two implants are needed.


Overdenture implants only (1).jpgAttaching the overdenture
The overdenture is securely fixed on top of the implants. It is able to be removed for cleaning and oral hygiene.


Overdenture implants and denture (1).jpgThe beautiful result
At last, there’s no need to worry about a slipping, sliding or clicking denture. You’re free to enjoy life.