Dental Implants

Providing restorations for to dental implant procedures in our Albury and Wodonga @ SJ Dental.

A permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are small titanium screws placed into your jawbone, below the gum line, acting as an artificial tooth root when the original tooth has gone. They are long-lasting, stable and are often considered the best alternative for individuals missing teeth. If you are missing one tooth, several teeth or have lost all your natural teeth, speak to us today about dental implants.

Benefits of dental implants

Your new permanent tooth or teeth should provide many benefits:

  • natural-looking, natural feeling tooth replacement option
  • function just like your normal teeth (providing the most stability) – no more worrying about dentures slipping when talking, laughing or eating; no more avoiding hard foods
  • prevents neighbouring teeth from slipping/migrating – when your natural tooth is gone, it no longer keeps the adjacent teeth in place, causing them to slowly move and potentially create alignment problems
  • stimulates the bone – keeping it strong and avoiding bone resorption – a common problem when teeth are missing.
  • greater nutrition – enables you to eat a greater variety of healthy foods, increasing nutritional intake and improving health

Getting dental implants: the process

At SJ Dental Wodonga, we often recommend dental implants for individuals who have lost their teeth. We now have an implant dentist who places the implants. Once your implant is placed, we then provide you with the appropriate restoration. Here’s what’s involved.

Step 1: Initial Consultation

You’ll have an initial consultation, examination including x-ray and discuss the best alternatives for your needs, including costs involved. If you decide that implants are the best choice, we’ll refer you to our implant specialist.

NB: If you require extractions, we will perform these before you visit the specialist.

Step 2: Implant Surgeon

The implant surgeon will take further intraoral/extraoral x-rays & CT cone beam scans which will help them work out the best point of action, and confirm that you’ve enough bone for the procedure.

In the next appointment, your implant will be placed while in the chair. Having an implant is relatively painless; you’ll also be given plenty of analgesia so you remain comfortable.

Step 3: Healing

Once your implant is placed, you’ll have to wait for up to three months for the bone to attach the implant in a process known as osseointegration.

Once osseointegration has occurred, your tooth restoration (where we place a crown or an implant-supported denture or bridge) can commence.

Step 4: Restoration

Restoration can be for one, several or all teeth. If we are replacing only one missing tooth, we’ll attach a crown to your new dental implant via an abutment. Your crown will now act as your new permanent tooth.

If you have several or all of your teeth missing, we will attach either an implant-supported denture (over-denture) or a fixed bridge as your new permanent teeth.

Do I qualify for dental implants?

Most people can have dental implants; however, there are a few exceptions.

Usually, you’ll be suitable for dental implants if you:

  • have a healthy jawbone and enough bone tissue for the implant/s
  • don’t have any medical conditions that prevent your bones from healing, such as certain cancers, diabetes
  • don’t have periodontitis (gum disease)

All surgical procedures carry risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

What is osseointegration?

Osseointegration is a process where your living bone tissue integrates or fuses with the surface of your artificial tooth implant to become one strong, load-bearing entity resistant to any mechanical forces such as chewing and biting. This process can take up to three months to complete.

How many implants do I need?

You do not need one implant for every missing tooth. That is a common misunderstanding. Sometimes, you may require only 2 – 4 implants for one entire arch. Speak to your dentist to find out more.

Would I benefit from dental implants?

If any of the following statements apply, then implants may be a good solution for you:

  • I have lost one or more teeth
  • My facial appearance is changing (cheeks and lips falling in, lower jaw decreasing in height)
  • My diet is restricted (I can no longer eat what I like anymore)
  • My health declining? (Due to problems eating, I can only eat some foods)
  • I feel self-conscious by my appearance and avoid smiling, talking or eating in public
  • I find wearing dentures uncomfortable
  • I suffer from advanced gum disease that is affecting my oral and physical health

Dentures for the Albury and Wodonga Community

Comfortable, natural-looking dentures that allow you to eat and talk freely. Conventional removable dentures are traditional dentures that act as false teeth. They sit on the gum line, giving the appearance and some of the function of natural teeth. Dentures can be made in a variety of different materials and can be full (replacing all missing teeth) or partial (replacing one or a few missing teeth). All our dentures are made in our local denture lab with fast turnaround times.

FAQs about Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium alloy devices that act as a replacement for missing teeth – or specifically, tooth roots. Implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line. Dental implants support the new replacement tooth or teeth via an abutment.

Am I suitable for dental implants?

Most people are suitable candidates for dental implants. However, certain conditions such as leukaemia, uncontrolled diabetes, or HIV can affect bone growth and may prohibit you from getting implants. To find out if you are suitable for dental implants, you’ll need an x-ray and sometimes a CT scan to assess whether you have enough bone. Generally speaking, if you are in reasonably good health, you should be a suitable candidate for dental implants.

How much are dental implants?

The price of dental implants varies, and as everyone is different with different needs, so does the price. Consequently, it’s essential to see the dentist for an individual assessment and quote.

Keep in mind that the implants are not the only expense. You must consider that there will be several dental visits, possibly bone grafts, and the cost of your new teeth. However, although the cost may be considerable, over the long-term dental implants may provide far better value. You will no longer have to repeatedly purchase new dentures and bear the subsequent maintenance costs. Further, you’ll enjoy considerably improved quality of life.

How do I take care of my dental implants?

You take care of your dental implant/s and the device sitting on top of the implant/s the same way you would look after your natural teeth. (Although, if you have removable implant-supported dentures, you will be given specific cleaning and brushing instructions).

If you have fixed implant-supported dentures, they will, of course, not be subject to cavities.

However, you can still develop gum inflammation, infection – and even bone loss. Therefore, you must take good care of your new implant-supported teeth. Further, you must maintain regular dental checkups to assess the quality of your surrounding gums and bone tissue.

What if I don’t have dental implants?

If you are unable to have dental implants or decide that the expense and time are not right for you, you don’t have to have implants. You may be able to survive with a partial or full denture. However, dental implants help restore you with a fully functioning set of teeth that enable you to enjoy a better quality of life.

Why are dental implants better than dentures?

As dental implants are fixed into your bone, they help maintain bone density. Individuals who have lost some or all the teeth are prone to faster bone resorption (loss). This bone loss gives the typical ‘sunken’ appearance that many individuals without teeth have. Not only do implants keep bone stimulated and strong, but they also are far more secure. Traditional dentures are often ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear. This makes it difficult to bite and chew a broad range of necessary nutritious foods.

As eating is difficult for denture wearers, many become malnourished. Dental implants allow you to eat a wider variety of healthy foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and even steak. Not only is this healthier for the individual, but far better for their emotional well-being and enjoyment.

Is getting dental implants painful?

The dental implant procedure is surprisingly not very painful. Usually, the procedure is performed in the dentist chair. Sometimes, patients may have minimal discomfort for two or three days after the procedure due to the stitches. Over-the-counter pain relief is usually enough to remedy this problem. Your dentist may also give you other medications to help with healing and avoid infection.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants, providing the patient is in good health, and the implant has successfully fused to the bone, should last a long time or possibly a lifetime. There have been many cases where dental implants have remained in place for over 40 years.

How old do I have to be for dental implants?

The youngest dental implant patients are in their late teens, while the eldest patients have been aged in their 90s.

Can any dentist give me dental implants?

Not all dentists are trained in dental implant placement. Dentist untrained in this procedure will refer you on to a dental implant dentist, periodontist or maxillofacial and oral surgeon.

At SJ Dental in Wondonga, from January 2021, we have a dentist specially trained in implant placement who will perform all dental implant procedures here in the clinic.

What are the complications of dental implants?

Implant placement is considered a safe and effective treatment with a very high success rate. All surgical procedures carry risks, however. Risks may include

  • infection of the implant site
  • nerve damage – causing pain, tingling or numbness to surrounding areas
  • injury or damage to site structures such as blood vessels or neighbouring teeth
  • sinus problems – when implants are placed in the upper jaw and, for example, there is not enough bony tissue, the implant can protrude into your sinus cavity. However, careful examination and placement by an experienced, adequately trained dental professional should avoid this problem.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

Estimates range between 95 to 99%; however, studies in the Journal of Oral Implantology show success rates of dental implants at 98%.

Book An Appointment

To find out more about dental implant procedures or health fund rebates, please don’t hesitate to contact us or book in with one of our dentist for an initial consultation.

Our Preferred Providers

Dr Stephen Jiang

Dr Stephen Jiang

Dr. Stephen Jiang is a highly skilled and experienced dentist with over 20 years of private practice experience. He obtained his dental degree from the University of Adelaide, where he excelled in his studies and received comprehensive training in various dental procedures. He also holds a PhD in medical and dental research.

Prior to establishing SJ Dental, Dr. Jiang worked in the public sector where he provided dental care to the general population. He has a passion for oral health and prevention, and he is committed to educating his patients on how to maintain optimal oral health.

Dr. Jiang has a broad range of expertise in all general dentistry, and he has a keen interest in oral surgery and complex dentistry. He is also experienced in both orthodontics and implant dentistry, and he is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental technology and techniques.

Outside of work, Dr. Jiang enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family and grandkids. He believes in maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and he brings that philosophy to his practice by creating a warm and welcoming environment for his patients.

Patients describe Dr. Jiang as a compassionate and skilled dentist who puts their comfort and well-being first. With so many years of clinical experience behind him, he is sure to provide the best care for the entire family. Whether you need routine dental care or more complex treatments, you can trust Dr. Jiang to provide the highest quality dental care while keeping your overall well-being in mind.

Dr John Xu

Dr John Xu

Dr. John Xu is a highly skilled and experienced dentist who has been working in the Riverina region and regional towns for the past ten years. He obtained his dental degree from the University of Sydney, where he received comprehensive training in various dental procedures.

Patients have always appreciated Dr. Xu's gentle and polite personality, and many have found him to provide excellent service for all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Xu has a keen interest in preventative care, root canal treatment, and Invisalign treatment, and he is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental technology and techniques.

Outside of work, Dr. Xu enjoys cooking, and he has worked as a Japanese chef in the past during his university years. He continues to pursue his passion for cooking in his free time. He also enjoys spending time with his young children and family.

Patients describe Dr. Xu as a caring and skilled dentist who puts their comfort and well-being first. With his gentle approach and dedication to excellence, he is sure to provide the best possible care for all of his patients. Whether you need routine dental care or more complex treatments, you can trust Dr. Xu to provide the highest quality dental care while keeping your overall well-being in mind.

Dr Louise Chew

Dr Louise Chew

Dr. Louise Chew is a highly skilled and experienced dentist who obtained her dental degree from the University of Sydney. For the past ten years, she has been practicing dentistry in both Newcastle and the Riverina area.

Dr. Chew has a keen interest in preventative dental care, cosmetic procedures, and Invisalign treatment. Patients appreciate her gentle touch and compassionate approach to dentistry, and she is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care to all of her patients.

Outside of work, Dr. Chew enjoys spending time with her family, and she loves to travel with them. Her passion for exploring new places and cultures has taken her to many different parts of the world, and she brings that same sense of adventure and curiosity to her work as a dentist.

Whether you need routine dental care or more complex treatments, Dr. Chew is committed to providing the best possible care for all of her patients. With her gentle touch, compassionate approach, and dedication to excellence, you can trust Dr. Chew to help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.