Searching for a dentist in Ballarat? If you’ve been looking for solutions for missing teeth, you may have heard of the All-on-4® technique. So what is unique about this particular form of dentistry, and what makes it different to other treatments?
All-on-4® is an advanced form of restorative dentistry that draws on leading innovations in dental research and technology. If that kind of treatment sounds expensive or only available in capital cities, we have some good news to share. Through Next Smile Australia, All-on-4® is available around the country at prices you can afford, including right here in Ballarat.
Ballarat is known for its remarkable gold rush history preserved at Sovereign Hill, waterfront activities on Lake Wendouree, and the towering arches that commemorate the sacrifice of soldiers at the Avenue of Honour. Of all the things to see and do in Victoria’s third-largest city, dental implants probably aren’t at the top of many people’s bucket lists. Yet it’s entirely possible to reclaim your smile here with Next Smile Australia’s All-on-4® dental implants in Ballarat.
Next Smile Ballarat is in the city centre on Drummond Street North, within walking distance of local attractions like Lake Wendouree and the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Next Smile Ballarat is an attraction of a different kind: a clinic that provides a natural-looking new set of teeth attached to your jawline with only four implants. That’s where the name All-on-4® springs from.
All-on-4® has a rich history, a bright future and several advantages that make it a better option over the long term than older and more invasive procedures. If Next Smile Australia recognise that All-on-4® is the right treatment option for you, we’ll take you on a journey to a smile you’ll be delighted to show the world.
This blog explores in further detail the concept behind All-on-4®: how it’s different, its advantages and why you should choose Next Smile Australia for All-on-4® dental implants in Ballarat.
What is All-on-4®?
The world of dental treatments for missing teeth can seem complex. Dentures (false teeth) are very common but can feel uncomfortable, especially when they’re brand new, and can be difficult to function with. Most dentures are removable, too. So while they may look like actual teeth, they’ll remind you of their artificiality every time you take them out at night.
Dental implants are a more permanent solution and a very popular one. The procedure involves a titanium screw placed into the jawbone for each missing tooth and an artificial tooth (or “crown”) attached to the top. While dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can be cleaned as such, the procedure for dental implant treatment is very slow. Usually, it involves months of dental visits, x-rays, operations and healing.
What if somebody could offer you a brand new set of teeth in just 24 hours or less? It may sound like a dream, but that’s exactly what All-on-4® provides.
All-on-4® is a dental treatment that Dr Paulo Malo pioneered in 1998 in partnership with Nobel Biocare. The concept is an entirely new set (or “bridge”) of teeth attached to the jawbone using only four implants: two at the front and two at the rear. At Next Smile Australia, we carry out the procedure Dr Malo’s way using a two-bridge process called ‘The Malo Protocol’. Stage one involves the construction of a provisional bridge or first set of teeth worn for three-to-six months. Once your jawbone has had time to integrate the implants, you’ll be ready for stage two: your “final bridge”, or set of permanent teeth.
There are several advantages to choosing All-on-4® and seeking out All-on-4® dental implants in Ballarat. The next section covers what makes it different from regular implants in positive ways.
How is it Different From Regular Implants?
With a 98% success rate, All-on-4® is an effective treatment option in most cases. It’s turned the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients around.
Differences between All-on-4® and regular implants include
Just four implants
All-on-4® uses just four implants attached to a traditional arch, rather than the six to eight involved in regular implants.
A faster process
With All-on-4®, your first set of provisional teeth is usually ready immediately after implant surgery and always within 24 hours. The process of traditional dental implants can drag out for many months to as long as a year, as the implants need to fuse to the bone before the abutment is added.
No bone grafting
Dental bone grafting is used in areas of your jawbone where bone loss has occurred to give your bone the mass to support traditional dental implants. All-on-4® completely bypasses the need for this procedure by placing the implants at a strategic angle that directs them to areas the jawbone is stronger. This brings us to the next benefit.
A shorter recovery period
With no bone grafting to recover from, you won’t have to wait long before you’re living life as you were before and showing off your brand-new teeth.
Innovative technology and solutions that work
As the most advanced dental implant treatment currently available, All-on-4® involves the most cutting-edge technology. Next Smile Australia and Nobel Biocare bring you the latest innovations in technology to ensure the treatment you receive is world-class.
Why Choose Next Smile Australia Ballarat for Your All-on-4® Treatment
Not only does Next Smile Ballarat offer All-on-4®, practice manager and lead All-on-4® Dr Brian Johnston set up the clinic to provide All-on-4® dental implants to Ballarat.
A Malo-certified Next Smile surgeon, Dr Johnston launched his dental career providing oral care in hospitals. Since being trained and mentored by Dr Malo, he has performed over 300 All-on-4® procedures and has become one of Australia's leading restorative dentistry providers. His broad experience also includes over 25 years of general dentistry, and he’s a member of the Australian Dental Association and the Australian Osseointegration Society, as well as a faculty member at Sydney’s Brener Implant Institute. Now focused mainly on All-on-4®, implants, aesthetic dentistry and oral surgery, he’s one dentist in Ballarat with the skills to provide you with a brand-new smile.
At Next Smile Ballarat, Dr Johnston is supported by a strong team, including treatment coordinator Jaye Cartledge. Together, we work very hard to make your entire experience comfortable and the quality of your treatment outstanding.
Our clinic is located at 212 Drummond Street Nth, Ballarat, VIC, in an accessible location right in the heart of the city. If you’re a local and you’ve been looking for a dentist in Ballarat, we’re easy to get to and provide a level of quality and care that’s tough to match.
We know that money is a concern for many people, and we don’t want it to hold you back from a new smile you can be proud of. That’s why we offer payment plans through third-party providers for as little as $140 per week.
Our close working relationships with trusted accredited partners help us evaluate your oral health and provide the best treatment options. If you’d like to find out more about our All-on-4® dental implants in Ballarat or arrange a personal consultation with Next Smile Ballarat, contact us.