Dental Implants are a godsend for people wearing full dentures to replace their upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.Full dentures frequently move during talking, eating and mouth opening, causing both embarrassment and discomfort to the wearer. Full dentures also make chewing very difficult. In addition, bone loss after tooth extraction can cause your face to 'sink', causing a prematurely aged appearance.
The placement of dental implants into the jaw bone can easily restore a toothless mouth to ideal aesthetics and function. Two to six implants are usually placed, and the teeth anchored securely to them. In the past this involved major surgery, stitches and approximately two weeks without teeth.
Today, revolutionary computer-guided surgery allows us to place up to six implants within an hour using a keyhole technique and no stitches. Teeth can be placed on the implants on the same day, and post-operative pain and swelling is negligible, meaning that patients can chew their dinner that night with their new, secure teeth.
Full denture replacement with dental implants is Dr Worthington's forte, and the procedure from which he derives most satisfaction.
Dr Worthington has performed more of this type of surgery than any other dentist in Australasia, and finds the transformations in the lives of his patients after surgery very gratifying.