Of all the aspects of the profession, this Sydney dentist enjoys the challenge of dental implants the most. Here’s why.
Post by Dr Jeff Brown
Implant dentistry is what I enjoy the most. I think that’s because I’m a very organised, disciplined person. And the whole process of helping someone with a dental implant involves you having to see and assess the problem, take a scan, verify it, plan it, and treat it. Proper planning prevents poor performance. There are no shortcuts with implants. So that, I find, fits in with my personality.
The current state of dental implant technology means you don’t have to put up with missing teeth, which ruin the aesthetic nature of your smile and make day-to-day function like eating certain foods difficult. Dental implants are a safe, comfortable and very effective replacement for missing teeth. They look and feel like your natural teeth, and can last for 20 years to life.
They’re a great alternative to dentures, as the implant will effectively be like your own teeth.
If you’re curious to know more about dental implants, talk to me or to one of our dentists about the process and what to expect. All your preliminary work will be done in our North Sydney dental surgery, where we can take 3D X-rays and answer many of your questions about the procedure.
Dental implants do require surgery. During the procedure, an implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone, which will be the anchor for a replacement tooth. Over time the jawbone will attach itself to the implant, enabling replacement teeth to be permanently fastened into place.
Crowns, a bridge, or stabilised denture may then be attached to the implant. Since these must be carefully constructed to match the opposing tooth and ensure a correct bite, several impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab which will construct the prosthetics.
I also lecture other dentists in symposia that are put on each year by Dental Partners, which is the corporate group that owns this practice. One lecture I gave last year was for three-dimensional planning of implants, in which I showed the techniques and software I use for that.