The thought of wearing old-fashioned dentures can be daunting for many. They can move around, be painful to eat/chew, affect your speech and affect your self-confidence. Dental implants can be used to help secure a removable denture using “snap-on” attachments that allow the dentures to click into place and stay secure. This can be a cost-effective option to improve comfort and confidence.
Dr. Arun Thangavel is a specialist prosthodontist – A specialist with advanced training in dental implant treatments and precision removable prosthetics has helped thousands of patients with dental implant treatments. At our new state-of-the-art facility at South Coast Smiles, we have made the process of having high-quality specialist implant treatment accessible right here in Wollongong.
Before recommending any type of dental implant treatment, Dr. Thangavel will spend time with you, completing a full examination of your jaw, bone structure, oral health, and your general health. This includes assessment of any pre-existing dentures and/or existing teeth. A cone-beam CT image can be taken right there within the surgery to provide accurate 3D images of the jaw to measure the volume of bone. Photographs are also taken to tie together the scientific data from the CT scan with an artistic vision of how the smile should look to create a comprehensive treatment plan. It is always the small details that make the big picture.
Dr. Thangavel will discuss treatment options for the number and distribution of implants at this appointment.
Top-tier Swiss-manufactured titanium implants are secured in the jaw utilizing computer-guided surgery to ensure accurate placement. IV sedation from a specialist anesthetist is available to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. You will be able to resume wearing your denture within 3-4 days typically. We always ensure you have some type of tooth replacement while implants are fusing so you can carry on with your day-to-day life.
Dr. Thangavel will monitor your healing and ensure your recovery is smooth. Post-op reviews are typically required at
1 week and 3 months
After 3 months of healing, the implants can be used to secure a denture. Clips (such as locators) can be attached on top of the implants and the corresponding attachments secured into the denture. This allows time for bone fusion to complete and the final gum contour to take shape. Dr. Thangavel will reline or remake the dentures as necessary to get the optimal fit and bite comfort.
(includes 2 x top tier swiss manufactured implants, 2 precision attachments and a new full denture). Dr Thangavel will assess your individual needs and give you a customised quote after a consultation.
Flexible payment plans available (including no deposit, no interest).
A specialist prosthodontist is a qualified dentist who has completed additional specialist training in reconstructive, aesthetic, and implant dentistry. For patients seeing Dr. Thangavel, it means they have access to a specialist who truly understands what’s required with the replacement of anything in your mouth.
Having Dr. Thangavel based permanently right in Wollongong is a bonus for patients living in the Illawarra. It’s no longer necessary to travel to Sydney for the very best in prosthodontic care. It’s now available right here – and no referral is needed!