If all of your teeth are missing or badly damaged, you may feel like your treatment options are limited. That you have to choose between a series of expensive dental implants at best or just living with the damage at worst. But what if you could gain a brand new, fully-functioning smile in as little as one day? The option is out there. And if you live in or close to Wollongong, NSW, it’s closer than you may expect. Full mouth restoration in Wollongong with the All-on-4® treatment is the fresh start you’re looking for.
Missing teeth are common in Australia and have many common causes. These include conditions that are present at birth as well as others that develop later in life, such as injury or trauma, illness, gum disease or advanced tooth decay. While missing teeth can hurt your self-confidence and even your job prospects, the most significant potential blow is the one to your overall health.
Your oral and overall health are strongly connected. One missing tooth can cause problems in the rest of your mouth and other parts of your system. The other teeth can shift to fill the space, leading to problems such as irregular bite and malocclusion. As teeth stimulate jawbone growth, the jawbone can weaken when teeth go missing. Gums can recede, too, leading to periodontal disease. Gum disease has been linked to serious conditions, including stroke, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
Across the country, Next Smile Australia’s All-on-4® Super Clinics help people like you smile again and protect your health for the long term. For those who live further afield, our All-on-4® accredited partners provide every step of the process except your implant surgery closer to where you live.
A coastal city in the Illawarra region of NSW, Wollongong is only a 90-minute drive from Sydney. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and tranquil rainforests, it has unique attractions like the stunning Wollongong Botanic Garden and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Buddhist temple, Nan Tien Temple. Undergoing full mouth restoration in Wollongong probably isn’t at the top of your Illawarra bucket list. Still, as you’ll see, there are benefits to being treated by the caring and professional staff at Next Smile Australia Wollongong.
So what does full mouth restoration in Wollongong entail, and what are its benefits for you? Next Smile Australia is happy to provide more information and answer any questions you may have, including whether or not you’re a candidate for full mouth restoration in Wollongong.
What is Full Mouth Restoration/All-on-4® ?
To “restore” something is to return it to its former state or condition. Full mouth restoration is the process of giving you back the smile you’ve lost or creating a brand new and potentially better one. Also called full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation, full mouth restoration refers to repairing or rebuilding all the teeth in both your upper and lower jaws. As you might imagine, it’s not one procedure but a combination of different procedures, including root canals, dental implants, crowns, bridges, orthodontics or other treatments.
One of the most effective treatments of full mouth restoration currently available is the All-on-4® treatment. This is the treatment that Next Smile Australia provides at our All-on-4® Super Clinics.
Pioneered by Dr Paulo Malo in 1998, All-on-4® is very similar to traditional dental implants but has a unique approach and distinct benefits. While traditional dental implants involve a titanium screw inserted into the jawbone for each implant, All-on-4® supports an entire “bridge” or arch of new teeth using just four implants. This is where the name “All-on-4® ” is derived from.
Next Smile Australia uses Dr Malo’s two-bridge treatment process called ‘The Malo Protocol’. During stage one of this process, you’ll receive your first set of “provisional” teeth to wear for three to six months while your jawbone fuses with the implants. Once this stage is complete, you’ll be ready for the second phase, your “final bridge” or final set of teeth.
Often your temporary teeth are ready as soon as you wake up from your implant surgery – and never more than 24 hours afterwards. But receiving a brand new set of teeth in 24 hours isn’t the only benefit of this form of full mouth restoration.
What Are the Benefits of Full Mouth Restoration?
The most significant benefit of full mouth restoration in Wollongong or anywhere else is a new set of teeth that allows you to bite, chew, smile in photos and do all the things you couldn’t do with your natural teeth.
But that’s far from the only advantage. All-on-4® has a 98% success rate supported by over 25 years of clinical data. You will see your results in as little as 24 hours. The procedure has a shorter healing time than traditional implants. It is designed to avoid the need for potentially uncomfortable additional measures like dental bone grafting, shortening recovery time even further. Next Smile Australia’s All-on-4® Super Clinics and All-on-4® accredited partners have access to some of the latest and advanced training, techniques and technology.
Who is a Candidate for Full Mouth Restoration?
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for All-on-4®/full mouth restoration in Wollongong. If you only have one or two missing teeth, you should consider pursuing regular dental implants. However, All-on-4® is likely to be the right option for you if:
- You have multiple missing or badly damaged teeth.
- You have advanced gum disease.
- You can’t have your teeth restored or don’t see any significant benefits to doing so.
You don’t need to have an entire arch missing from your mouth. If you’ve lost multiple teeth, there’s a high likelihood that you’ll benefit from All-on-4®.
Transform Your Smile at Next Smile Australia Wollongong
Located just outside Wollongong in the suburb of Corrimal, Next Smile Australia Wollongong consistently delivers positive treatment options for patients in the area. Like all All-on-4® Super Clinics, Next Smile Australia Wollongong is staffed by dental professionals who are guided by empathy and driven by the urge for positive patient results. When you come for your full mouth restoration in Wollongong, they will ensure your journey to a new smile is comfortable.
Clinic owner and lead All-on-4® surgeon Dr Barry Phelan graduated from the prestigious Trinity College in Dublin. Since then, he’s built a career in restorative and implant dentistry, pursuing extensive further study in these fields and successfully placing more than a thousand implants. He’s a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the Misch International Implant Institute, plus a member of the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry.
One way Next Smile Australia makes accessing full mouth restoration treatments easier is through collaboration with All-on-4® accredited partners. If you live far from a Super Clinic, our All-on-4® accredited partners can handle most appointments near your home. You’ll only have to travel for the surgery consultation and on the day of your surgery.
If you’d like to learn more about full mouth restoration in Wollongong, Next Smile Australia can keep you updated with news about the All-on-4® treatment. If you have any questions or you’re interested in arranging a personal consultation, get in touch with our team.