Implant Dentistry

Barkly Street Dental Group is one of the few dental practices on the Mornington Peninsula that offers comprehensive dental implant therapy. We are able to offer complete start-to-finish dental implant treatment. Dr Harrison has undertaken comprehensive training in high quality dental implant procedures and has been surgically placing implants for over 15 years. He is passionate about dental implant treatment and attends courses and seminars each year to ensure his knowledge in this field is always current. His demonstration of skill in this area is witnessed in hundreds of smiles throughout the region!

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants serve to anchor replacement teeth into the jaw where a tooth or teeth are missing. This is commonly a single tooth but can also involve multiple teeth or even an entire arch of teeth. Implants are retained long term by the bone cells of the jaw growing onto and fusing with the implant surface. Dental implants offer the closest alternative to natural tooth replacement but they are not possible in every situation or for every patient.

It is very important to be aware that not all dental implants are equal. There are dozens of manufacturers on the market and many of their implants have little long-term research or clinical data to support their success claims. Their ability to retain the crown or bridge firmly over time also varies considerably due to their specific design.

We use what we consider to be the very best implant system in the world manufactured by an innovative Swiss company called Straumann. We use this system exclusively because it has the best long-term research data (25 years plus), a long-standing success history and an outstanding surface treatment and coating.

Dr Harrison is a member of the International Team of Implantology (ITI), which promotes best practice in implant treatment and conducts extensive education and training throughout the world.

The steps required in implant treatment are as outlined below:

  1. An initial consultation is required to assess your suitability for implant treatment. X-rays will be taken to check the bone height in the area concerned. Impressions may also be required to fabricate a surgical guide. You may be referred to a radiology centre for an additional cone beam CT scan to determine the bone thickness and density in the site.
  2. Placement of the implant fixture performed under local anaesthetic. This is a comfortable process and takes between 60-90 minutes. There is generally very little post-operative discomfort. Care needs to be taken to avoid pressure on the implant site for the first 2 weeks after initial placement.
  3. A period of 6-8 weeks is required for the bone to fuse to the implant surface. At that time we will x-ray the implant, test it to confirm success and then take impressions for fabrication of the final crown or bridge. Our Ceramist in Beaumaris performs all of our laboratory work.
  4. 3-4 weeks after the impressions have been taken, the final crown or bridge will be returned from our ceramic laboratory and fitted by Dr Harrison. Total treatment time from start to finish in an ideal situation will be approximately 10 weeks.

With correct treatment planning and placement implants have an extremely good long-term success. However, they do require maintenance by the patient with recommended oral hygiene procedures and also by our-selves to review the implant and restoration on a regular basis. Smokers have a greater risk of implant failure.