Why specifically choose us
- Dr. Manish Shah and Dr. Kinnar Shah have extensive experience in providing dental implant services. Both are certified by the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry to provide such services. They have been asked regularly by implant organisations to provide dental implant surgical training to other dentists
- With 16 years of experience and using the LATEST 4th GENERATION guided implant systems, we can give you the best treatment outcomes you could possibly have. This is the latest digital computer implant guided planning system for INCREASED ACCURACY AND SPEEDY RECOVERY.
- You will get a fully PERSONALISED APPROACH to planning of your dental implants.
- Our CUSTOMER SERVICE has been regarded as one of the best as widely recognized by others.
- You can see from our practice/clinic photos that we are again one of the most IMMACULATE AND MODERN DENTAL PRACTICE in the city.
- We have an excellent HANDPICKED SUPPORT TEAM consisting of surgeons, sedationists, prosthetists, nurses and front desk staff.
- Our mission is a commitment to a CONSISTENT EXCELLENT SERVICE.
What is digital guided implant surgery
LESS Time ... LESS Pain
Why Digital Implant Surgery ?
The newest digital navigation implant surgery which is planned the optimized 3D computer simulation surgery with the minimal incision and less pain. The optimized system to complete implant without any inconvenient impression taking can find the safe and optimal surgery path by finding out osseous tissue and nerve position precisely.
1. No-incision Surgery
Because this is a treatment with no incision, patients with diabetes, mental disease, elderly patients, or patients who have lost many teeth can also have this surgery.
2. There is less danger with the implant treatment
Because you can apprehend the patient's bone tissue with a 3D mock surgery. there is less risk of nerve damage or implant treatment going wrong.
3. Total treatment period decreases innovatively
Because artificial teeth are manufactured with a prior surgical plan. the total treatment period decreases innovatively.
4. The recovery time and pain decreases compared to normal Surgery
With a no-incision surgery, not only there is less pain compared to normal surgery but also the recovery time also decreases.
What are Teeth Implants?
Dental implants can be an important investment in your wellbeing, providing a permanent solution for missing teeth. Every case is different depending on patient requirements. An accurate quote can be provided following an assessment of your condition and requirements.
In general, as we offer comprehensive implant dentistry services, including oral (dento-alveolor) surgery and IV sedation at one location we are a cost effective alternative to visiting several service providers for varying aspects of your treatment. General oral surgical procedures are carried out in a purpose-equipped clinic with an endorsed dental sedation practitioner.
Patients are reminded that all surgical procedures carry risk. Before starting any recommended dental treatment, patients may opt to seek a second opinion. Results can vary and the effect of alternative treatment options (including no treatment) should be considered.
Visit our friendly team to find out more about our services and discuss the best treatment options for your situation.
What are dental Implants?
Dental implants are a form of replacing missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, one of the options is to replace that space is with dental implants.
Basically a dental implant has three parts; a screw that is placed inside the bone, a connector (abutment) that connects the inside world to the outside world and crown that sits on top of the connector.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Comfortable and natural function
- Stronger and secure teeth
- The most permanent solution for a missing tooth or teeth
- Speech impediment reduction
- Restoration and preservation of the regular shape of the mouth, jaws and face
What are the advantages of dental implants compared to bridges or dentures?
Dental implants are stronger and more dependable than conventional bridges cemented to natural teeth, or traditional partial or full removable dentures.
However, dental implants may be used to support a bridge or dentures when multiple teeth are missing to provide better support and stability, help maintain the jaw bone, and reduce gum tissue irritation.
Also, dental implant restorations are not susceptible to cavities.
What if I don't have any bone for dental implants?
In this case we augment the site with some bone (add bone to the area) before placement of the dental implant. The augmentation can take place on the very same day as the implant placement or 3 months before the implant placement depending on the amount of bone needed.
Why Dental Implants
Why should I replace missing teeth ?
(teeth that I have had extracted)
When teeth have been removed, your jawbone begins to shrink from lack of stimulation.
Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged.
Teeth also move and cause changes in your bite and ultimately jaw joint problems.
Is everyone suitable to have dental implants?
Implant dentistry is suitable for people of all ages wanting to replace missing teeth, providing the growth of their jaw is complete and they are in reasonable health.
The adjacent teeth roots will also need to be away from the implant.
Some people may not be suitable for this procedure. Conditions such as alcoholism, some psychiatric disorders and uncontrolled diabetes can cause problems.
During your consultation, we will assess your jaws using clinical and x-ray examination to determine the shape and quality of the bone in the intended implant site. We may use more detailed 3-D technology (such as Cone Beam Imaging technology or Dental CT Scan) to gain information not available in normal radiographs.
Adequate jaw bone is required to act as a secure base for the integration and retention of dental implants. Where adequate jaw bone is not present such as in cases of long term tooth loss, we can often carry out procedures to re-create healthful jaw bone. This is achieved through bone regeneration procedures called bone augmentation grafts and sinus elevation grafts. In other cases with lack of jaw bone, our experience with short and angled implants allows bone augmentation to be avoided or minimised. Following your examination, we will advise the best treatment for your condition.
Can any dentist do dental implants?
Legally yes, but like any medical or dental procedure, not all practitioners have equal experience, training or comfort with implant treatment.
Also, for every procedure there is a "learning curve" and you want practitioners with significant experience to help you with implant treatment so you are likely to get the best possible long-term result.
Not all dentists perform implant dentistry. Dentists without sufficient training or experience must refer their patients to other dentists who are trained or to specialist periodontists or oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
We at Smile Concepts focus our practice on implantology and oral (dento-alveolar and periodontal plastic) surgery. We have a highly trained team to look after your health and well being especially when dental implants are a concern
Both Dr Manish Shah and Dr. Kinnar Shah are trained and experienced in all aspects of implant dentistry including diagnosis, planning, implant surgery, bone augmentation and sinus elevation procedures, as well as prosthetic restoration and rehabilitation.
You can book a consultation directly with either Dr. Manish or Kinnar Shah, or if you are under the care of a dentist who can restore the crown (nonsurgical) part, you can be referred to our practice for the dental implant surgery. If you are being referred we request that you have an OPG x-ray of your jaw sent with your referral, or made available at your consultation.
How long will implants last?
How long do teeth last? They should last a lifetime.
However, we all can sight examples where teeth have not served for a person's lifetime. We know that dental problems mostly stem from improper home care or lack of treatment when needed. The same holds true for implants. With proper care and routine dental check-ups they should last a lifetime. No one can give guarantees because the health of a person is dependent upon many factors which are out of the control of one's dentist, e.g., proper nutritional needs being met, proper hygiene, genetics, disease processes which might occur. So, the answer to this question really is that no one knows how long each individual implant will last... one's success can be influenced by the way you live and the quality of practitioner that you have chosen to do your implants... these things can tip the scales in your favour.
Can smokers have dental implants?
We strongly advise patients to quit smoking before undergoing a dental implant procedure.
Smokers are at higher risk for dental implant failure. Generally the success rate of implants is 70% over 5 years.
Process of getting Dental Implants
What is the process of dental Implants?
Generally a scan of the area where the dental implant needs to be placed is done to see if there is enough bone in the area.
In the first visit of implant placement, you gum is gently raised and a screw made of titanium placed inside you jaw under either under local anaesthetic or IV sedation (sleep dentistry).
The implant is either
buried inside the jaw for three months
(requiring a second surgery to expose the implant)
a special connector (healing abutment) is placed on top so that the gum heals around the connector (therefore not requiring a second surgery to expose the implant)
You have to then wait three months for the bone to grow around the tooth implant and grab hold of it (osseointegration).
The next stage generally is either placing the healing abutment (second stage surgery) or taking a mould (impression) for the crown to be placed on top of the implant.
The third visit is when the crown is cemented or screwed onto the dental implant.
How long does the whole dental implant process take? Will I be without teeth or unable to eat for a long time?
Complete implant treatment ranges from 3 to 9 months based on the type of bone, the position of where we are doing the implant, the age of a person and the cosmetic result required.
The first phase of treatment, after a detailed evaluation and treatment plan, usually is the actual placement of the implants. This procedure is generally done in the doctor's office during one visit. Most implants will remain covered, underneath the gums, for 3 to 6 months. During this time, osseointegration the biological bonding of the jawbone to the implant-occurs. Through this healing period, you will probably wear your modified denture or a temporary denture or bridge and maintain normal activities without restriction.
There are occasions, one stage implant placements or when extensive bone grafting is to be performed, when patients may be asked not to wear their removable dentures for a period of time. When this is necessary we'll do all we can to help our patient through this transition.
The second phase of the procedure is usually 3-6 months after implant placement. At this time, the top of the implants will be uncovered from under the gums and a small metal post or extension will be attached to the implant(s). We will make any necessary modifications to your temporary teeth to allow you to continue wearing them after post attachment.
In the third phase, which usually starts 2-6 weeks after the second phase, your new replacement teeth are created and fitted. This phase involves a series of appointments to make impressions of your mouth and to "try-in" your replacement teeth at key steps in their fabrication. The try-in sessions are necessary to ensure that the size, shape, colour and fit of your new teeth will completely blend with and match your individual facial characteristics and remaining natural teeth (if any). The third phase is usually completed within 4 to 8 weeks. Total treatment time for most implant cases will usually be 5-8 months. It could be longer if bone or gum procedures are needed.
How many visits are required for the full implant treatment
The number of visits required for the placement of dental implants varies from cases to case and depends on the patient’s individual circumstance.
These can range form as little as 2 visits to as long as 8 visits based on the complexity of case and the type of treatment needed.
We will provide you with a personalised guide on how long your treatment will take and the number of visits required in your consultation appointment.
Can a dental implant be placed at the same visit as the teeth are extracted?
Whether or not the dental implant can be placed immediately after extraction depends on the amount of available bone in the area and presence or absence of active infection.
Placing the implant at the same visit helps preserve both width and height of bone and may prevent the need for placing bone grafts when bone naturally shrinks back after teeth are extracted. During the first year after teeth have been removed, as much as 40% of jawbone width can be lost.
Sometimes, infection from a tooth or periodontal disease has destroyed the bone to such an extent that it becomes necessary to do a bone grafting procedure prior to implant placement. If it is possible to place the implant at the same visit as the teeth are extracted, this can save at least three months in healing time compared to waiting for an extraction site to heal before the implants can be placed.
Can the dental implant process be done faster?
There are a lot of factors that control the speed of you getting your new teeth. However remember if you want long lasting results then it is better to do slowly and surely. The factors that control the speed of the dental implant treatment include:
Has there been additional surgery such as bone surgery
Are you going to place pressure on the teeth after the implants have been placed. Imagine having wet cement that has not set. If you were to place any pressure on it, it will distort. Placing teeth on implants that have not set in the bone can trigger the loss of the teeth implants.
The number of dental Implants - If you are connecting multiple dental implants with a bridge then you can place teeth immediately on them. This is routinely done on patients who have had all their teeth removed and 4 or 6 implants placed in their jaws. These implants are immediately loaded with the teeth so you can have teeth straight after surgery. Sometimes we have to wait a few days for the surgery swelling to reduce before we place the teeth bridge on them.
Is the placement of implants painful? How long does it take?
Implant placement usually does not result in much post-operative discomfort. Pain medication may or may not be required and the usual medications used are ibuprofen (Nurofen, Advil) or paracetemol (Panadol, Panamax).
If more extensive treatment is needed, for example bone grafts or many implants, then the post-operative course may require more time and medication.
Anaesthesia during the surgery should make the placement procedure pain-free.
Depending on the complexity and number of implants being placed, the procedure can take between 30 minutes to 3-4 hours.
We are experienced in managing patients with dental phobias and are committed to making all our patients as comfortable as possible while undergoing treatment. We have compassionate and qualified staff and a fully equipped IV sedation clinic where patients can undergo procedures while relaxing in a 'twilight' sleep. IV sedation or sleep dentistry helps reduce pain and alleviates fear and anxiety.
When you wake up you will usually have no memory of the procedure, whether dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, complicated surgical or lengthy dental procedures, and feel as if very little time has passed. You may feel as if you've had a deep and satisfying sleep.
Sleep or sedation dentistry is a popular choice for procedures such as dental implants or wisdom teeth removal and other cosmetic and surgical dental treatments.
Can the body reject dental implants?
The body completely accepts placement of dental implant material within bone; therefore, today's dental implants meet with great success.
Success has more to do with proper patient selection, proficiency of the practitioner, and the patient's commitment to proper hygiene and preventive maintenance. Another factor in success involves regular follow-up care, just like other dental treatment. Both soft tissue health and the way the replacement teeth function and bite together must be evaluated periodically to ensure long-term success of the dental implant.
What happens if an implant fails?
This means the implant has not attached or integrated to the bone. It usually fails at the second stage surgery. The failed implant is unscrewed, the bone left to heal for a while and a new implant placed. Other options such dentures or bridges are also available
How soon may I return to work after treatment?
You may return to work the next day unless otherwise instructed by us.
Dental Implants Cost
How much do dental implants cost?
The procedure can involve a significant investment, with surgical fees ranging from $1,800 and up for a single tooth replacement (when the implant crown is added the cost is about the same as a conventional "3-tooth bridge") to $5,000 and up for replacement of multiple missing teeth.
However, the cost of non-treatment can be considerably more expensive. Continual bone loss occurs from the wearing of full dentures (plates) and partials. This progressive loss of bone can eventually cause nerve exposure, jaw fracture and a complete inability to function with regular dentures. Correction at this point may be very expensive and can involve extensive bone grafts, which may require hospitalization and an extended recovery period.
Placing implants before the bone loss becomes severe not only saves money in the long run, but also slows the bone loss process, increasing the likelihood of long-term success.
The cost of dental implants in Sydney is based on several factors. These include
The number of dental implants being done
for example if you have 3 teeth missing next to each other then we can place 2 dental implants and have 3 teeth bridge on top. This in turn reduces the dental implants cost.
Is there enough bone?
If there is not enough bone to place the implant then we need to place some more bone. This requires additional expertise and also increases the cost of dental implants.
The location of the surgery
dental implants cost more in the front then at the back. This is because the front more often than not requires bone and gum augmentation and also requires a high aesthetic demand (meaning it has to look amazing). See the pictures below. Which one looks more real?
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Is there anything such as cheap dental implants?
Like anything, there is always a cheap version of it. The question you have to ask is why is it cheap?
Implant Dentistry requires sophisticated skill and high level training. There has been many a times that we have seen patients that have had cheap dental implants and there has been major infections, loss of implants, breakage of implants, implants damaging the nerves, implants damaging other teeth etc.
If you would like to see examples of this please come and visit us and we will show you all the collection we have of photos and xrays.
Cheap dental implants also exist in the form of the type of implant used, the type of connector being used and the quality of crown that has been placed on the implant. Again see the picture above and you will understand what this means.
Why is dental implant treatment expensive?
This is because it is a complex process requiring expensive precision components and instruments and high-level skills to do the procedure.
Does insurance pay for dental implants?
Yes and no. Sorry to be so vague, but some carriers pay for them, some don't, and some pay a portion of the costs. Most dental plans do not provide for the surgical placement of implants. However, many do provide some restorative benefits.
Our staff will work hard to see that you get the best possible benefit from your insurance.
I have a tooth that is broken and my dentist recommended extraction and a bridge, but I'm not excited about grinding down the perfectly good teeth on each side to make a bridge - could an implant work here?
Most likely an implant could work very well in this situation. Filing down teeth weakens them and makes them more susceptible to decay, gum problems and possible root canals.
Sometimes a bridge is still the best alternative, but an implant can often be a better option. An implant will be easier to clean and floss, won't require attachment to or damage other teeth and is as close as we can come to naturally giving you back your missing tooth
I need to replace two missing teeth next to each other. Can I just have one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?
Generally, this is not a good idea-over the years we have learned that it is generally much better not to attach implants to teeth.
We frequently attach implants to each other, which can improve strength and works well. So in a case like this, although it may be more expensive in the short term to place two implants instead of one, the long-term success is likely to be much better with the two implants.
Could I have teeth that stay in all the time to replace my teeth missing in the back and keep my remaining teeth in front?
Your situation is very common. First of all we will do everything possible to help you keep your remaining natural teeth as long as their supporting structures are within an acceptable range. Supporting structures means the gum and bone tissues immediately surrounding the tooth.
A thorough evaluation must be made to determine if a tooth is healthy enough to keep or not. We do not want remaining unhealthy teeth to compromise the success of any new treatment performed whether it be dental implants or other treatment. We must then decide what is best for your specific needs in order to restore your missing back teeth. If you have had problems with removable partials, then dental implants used to anchor new replacement teeth may be the best answer for you.
I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?
A phenomena that occurs in a large majority of people who have had their upper back teeth missing for a long period of time is the increasing downward growth of the maxillary sinus. At birth it is the size of a pea, and progressively grows as the skull matures. This growth is at the expense of the surrounding bone.
If you are considering replacing those upper back teeth with fixed teeth that stay in all the time, it may be necessary to perform a sinus elevation procedure to allow room for placement of dental implants into this area to support those teeth. This involves placement of bone and/or bone substitutes into an area which was previously occupied by the lower part of the maxillary sinus. These bone graft materials act as a matrix or scaffold which is replaced by the patient's own new bone. This raises the floor of the sinus, reduces sinus volume and may allow the sinus to drain easier. Most importantly, this procedure increases the available bone use to place implants and restore the missing back teeth
I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured and now it has to be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant or do I have to have a bridge or a partial denture?
Teeth that have root canals can fracture more easily than other teeth because they are weaker and somewhat dehydrated. They can sometimes be as brittle as glass.
In the past the best available treatment was to remove the tooth and file down the adjacent teeth and make a bridge - caps on the adjacent teeth with an attached "dummy" tooth in between. Sometimes this still is the only way.
However, in many cases an implant can replace the fractured tooth and no teeth need to be ground down at all.