Dental Implants

All-on-4 Dental Implants in Melbourne

A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for the root of a natural tooth and is placed into the jaw in the same position as the tooth that has been lost. When multiple teeth in a row have been lost, it is not necessary to place the same number of implants, for example four teeth missing in a row can be replaced by a four-tooth bridge supported by two implants. An entire arch of teeth in upper or lower jaw can be supported by as few as four implants. A specific technique, All-on-4 dental implants, refers to the placement of four implants in the upper or lower jaw to support a full set of teeth that are fixed to the implants. Treatment for All-on-4 dental implants in Melbourne can generally be completed over a short period of time, usually two to three days or even less.

Titanium metal has the unusual property that when placed in bone a physical bond will effectively form between the metal and the bone, and this property has allowed the development of All-on-4 dental implants. There are very few patients for whom this solution would not be suitable, although caution is exercised with patients who have bad gum disease and certain medical conditions such as severe diabetes. Dr Ferguson has extensive experience in placement of dental implants and works with other clinicians to help restore and maintain patients’ oral health by way of these sophisticated modern treatments.

Key Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants in Melbourne

Although All-on-4 dental implant treatment may seem to be costly, it offers a number of key benefits that are unmatched by other options:

  • Function: Bridges and crowns supported by titanium dental implants give support that is at least as strong as that of a natural tooth, allowing the implant-supported teeth to function in the same way as natural teeth.
  • Appearance: Modern dental technology allows the creation of crowns and bridges that look like natural teeth.
  • Stability and comfort: Unlike conventional dentures, implant-retained dentures and implant-supported fixed teeth, including All-on-4 dental implant bridges, stay completely stable while you are eating and speaking, avoiding any potential for embarrassment or discomfort. The gum soreness that is often associated with the movement of conventional dentures is completely avoided.
  • Safety: This treatment has been used clinically since 1965, and its high rate of long term success and safety is supported by thousands of peer-reviewed scientific and clinical studies.

All-on-4 Dental Implants in Melbourne — Procedure

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr Ferguson’s role initially is to plan with the restorative dentist, the overall treatment. This is followed by the actual procedure of placing the dental implants into the jaw. Teeth can be removed at the same time where necessary. Also at the same time, impressions are made so that making the new set of teeth can be immediately begun. This surgery can take place either in Dr Ferguson’s rooms under local anaesthesia or in hospital. The patient's progress will then be monitored over the following months to ensure that the treatment is successful. Dr Ferguson has a particular interest in using implant bone grafts if necessary and has decades of experience in treating a range of complex cases. The grafts are harvested from several sites around the jaw and enable the implants to be placed in an ideal anatomical position. Implant bone grafts are a useful technique for restoring normal anatomy following the loss of teeth, and associated bone loss, or the traumatic loss of tissue due to an injury or infection.

Contact Dr Ferguson

For more information about All-on-4 dental implants in Melbourne, oral surgery for wisdom teeth, extractions, or jaw osteotomy , or to schedule an appointment with Dr Ferguson at Dr John Ferguson's specialist dental clinic in Box Hill, please call 03 9898 1877 or enquire online at [email protected].