A lost smile doesn’t need to stay that way. Deteriorating teeth alters not just your confidence but the way you talk and interact with others. You’ve taken the first step; let’s take the rest together.
Are you tired of putting up with ill-fitting dentures and sore gums? Losing teeth can cause psychological and emotional trauma to many people.
The implications of missing teeth are:
- Your bite will change
- Your remaining teeth drift into the newly formed spaces
- The jaw bone resorbs and becomes weaker over time
- Your facial muscles loose support from the bone, resulting in an aged appearance
- Increased expenses with adhesives for dentures being costly. Plus wearing dentures can cause more problems with chewing and digesting food properly
- Loss of confidence.
Whether it’s a few missing teeth or your full arch, implants are the gold standard in dental treatment to replace them. Dental implant supported bridges are a healthy long term solution to help regain your smile and function while being a minimally invasive procedure.
Dr Glenn Willey, has been placing implants for over 25 years. With his expertise, he will guide you through the best options for you to rehabilitate your smile and restore your confidence.
During your consultation, Dr Willey will discuss which of the three different types of implant-supported dentures should be best suited to help you.
Fixed implant supported overdentures
Also known as the All-on-four technique, this is one of the most popular ways to restore your full top or bottom jaw of missing teeth. The denture is fixed onto 4 implants which have been strategically placed into your jaw bone. This denture can be removed by your denture for routine checks and cleaning.
Removable implant supported overdentures
This option is similar to the fixed implant option where there are a few dental implants firstly placed into the jaw bone. However, these implants are then all joined by a bar, onto which the over denture clicks in and is supported. This over denture can be removed for cleaning every night.
Implant stabilised dentures
Again a small number of implants are placed into the jaw bone to secure the denture in place. These over dentures can be removed for cleaning each night, as opposed to the fixed option which can not be removed
Good dental hygiene is critical in keeping infection at bay. Non-smokers and patients with good oral hygiene habits put themselves in a much better position for a full and fast recovery. Smokers will typically be encouraged to stop smoking beforehand to improve the odds of successful surgery. If properly constructed and cared for, most dental implants should last a lifetime.
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Dr Willey graduated from the University of Sydney in 1981. After 3 years at Westmead Hospital and a year at the Sydney Dental Hospital, he began private practice in Burwood NSW where he has spent the last 30 years.
From his earliest training, he has fostered an interest in advanced restorative dentistry and became involved in dental implants in the late 1980’s. He completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Oral Implants) in 1996. In 1998 he attended a mini residency with Dr Patrick Palacci in Marseille, France and in 2011 a mini residency at Malo Clinic, Lisbon, Portugal furthering his surgical skills.
Dr Willey is a long standing member of the Australasian Osseointegration Society.
His practice is concentrated solely on Dental Implants and Prosthodontics. He has placed and restored more than 4000 implants over the last 20 years.