Dental Implants

Tooth loss can be devastating to your smile and to your overall oral health. If you are missing teeth, it’s important to replace them as soon as possible. Dental implants are regarded as the most successful and longest-lasting replacement option available today. They can support crowns, bridges, removeable dentures, and even fixed full-arch restorations.

Dr Zoud places dental implants at our surgery. He has the skill and experience necessary to deliver remarkable results. Patients who have undergone dental implant surgery can attest to improved oral health and better quality of life.

About Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium peg which is placed under the gum during an oral surgery appointment. The implant replaces the missing tooth root. Because dental implants stimulate the jaw in the same fashion as natural teeth, they help stop bone loss and reduce the risk of atrophy later on.

Dental implants have a success rate of 95 – 98 percent, and they are versatile in their use. A single implant and a dental crown can replace one missing tooth. Multiple implants can be used to support dental bridges or dentures, replacing several teeth or even an entire dental arch.

Exploring Candidacy

Almost anyone who is concerned about tooth loss can be considered for dental implants. Because implants must be placed in fully developed jaws, patients should be at least 18 years old. Candidates should be in good general health as well, free from any medical conditions that could make oral surgery a risk.

To qualify for dental implants, individuals must not have severe oral health issues, such as extensive decay or periodontal disease. These conditions can hinder the results of treatment and lead to implant failure. If problems like this are present, your general dentist will perform restorative procedures to improve health prior to dental implant placement.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dr Zoud places single stage implants. An improvement on previous methods, this technique eliminates the need for a second surgery to uncover the implant. In most cases, it takes about three to six months for the implant to heal. Then, the final restoration can be added. In the sections below, we’ll outline the steps in a little more detail.

Initial Consultation

The first step is to attend a comprehensive consultation at our surgery. Dr Zoud assesses the condition of your teeth, gums, jawbone, and joints. Scans and x-rays are also taken to visualise the underlying structures and evaluate the health of the bone tissue. If you are a candidate for treatment, Dr Zoud designs a treatment plan to meet your needs.

Preparatory Procedures

Occasionally, preparatory procedures are necessary before implants can be placed. For example, you may have a broken tooth that needs to be removed first. Or, you may require a bone grafting procedure to create a solid foundation for your new implant. If preparatory procedures are necessary in your case, Dr Zoud will let you know during your initial consultation.

Dental Implant Placement

The day of your dental implant surgery, local anaesthesia is administered to keep you comfortable during treatment. If necessary, general anaesthesia can be administered at one of our private hospital operating locations.

To begin the procedure, Dr Zoud creates a small incision in the gums to access the underlying jawbone. Using a sequence of specialised instruments, the bone ridge is prepared. Next, the dental implant is strategically placed in the jaw, the gum tissue is repositioned, and sutures are used to close the incisions.

Recovery from dental implant surgery is approximately one week. It takes approximately three to six months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. During this time, a temporary restoration can be placed to conceal any gaps or spaces in your smile.

Placement of Abutment and Final Restoration

Once recovery is complete, a small connector post is attached to the implant. This post – called an abutment – extends beyond the gums and serves as an anchor for your new restoration.

Lastly, your final restoration is connected to the abutment using screw-retention or dental cement. Your dentist will assess your bite and make any necessary adjustments.

Learn More about Dental Implants

If you would like to learn more about teeth replacement with dental implants, schedule an appointment at our practice. Contact us online anytime or call us at (02) 8021 2728 (Burwood) or (02) 9633 4552 (Westmead).

Burwood Rooms

Shop 1/8 Burwood Rd
Burwood NSW 2134
P: (02) 8021 2728
F: (02) 8021 2723

    Westmead Rooms

    Suite 40, Daher Centre, 163 – 171
    Hawkesbury Road Westmead,
    NSW 2145
    P: (02) 9633 4552
    F: (02) 9893 8801