Treatment Phase 3: Prosthesis
Phase 3 involves fabricating and connecting the prosthetic tooth to the implant.
Dr Chan will begin by determining the stability of the implant. This is done by taking an x-ray and performing a resonance frequency analysis to determine the ISQ (Implant Stability Quotient) of the implant. Generally, the higher the ISQ, the more stable the implant.
The prosthesis phase of restoring an implant requires an equal amount of technical expertise as the surgical because of the biomechanical considerations, especially when multiple teeth are to be restored.
Single Teeth, Bridges and Fixed Dentures
At the start of the procedure, the implant is exposed to remove the healing abutment and temporary prosthesis.
An impression (shown in purple in the diagram) of the top of the implant and adjacent teeth and gums is made. This impression is then sent to our dental laboratory to fabricate the final abutment and prosthesis. This ensures a precise fit.
The final abutment can be custom made by hand as a cast metal piece, or custom milled from metal or zirconia. Both these techniques have similar success rates.
When the final prosthesis is ready, we will permanently attach it to the implant. Your treatment is now complete.
Implant-secured dentures can be made to be removable for cases where fixed dentures cannot be used. Despite being removable, implant-secured dentures still provide sufficient retention to markedly improve the quality of life for the wearer when compared to conventional dentures.
A retainer is used to connect the implants to the denture. The retainer can be a custom-made metal bar.
The retainer has adapters that allow the denture to be removed. Two common types of adapters are the ball-and-socket style and the button-style.
All our prostheses are made in Australia by local and interstate laboratories operating under strict standards from authorities like the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration.)
We do not use so-called “Australian” dental labs that actually subcontract the work overseas to countries with less stringent quality control in a bid to cut costs.
Australian-registered dental laboratories operate under strict regulations that serve to maintain a high standard of safety, infection control, fair working practices, qualified technicians and quality materials. These standards protect you from unscrupulous practices and substandard products that could negatively impact your health. More information about regulations and standards can be found here.
Cheap dental imports from unregulated manufacturers cannot provide any of these guarantees.