Dental crowns ‘rebuild’ teeth that are compromised due to decay or damage. Made of porcelain, dental crowns are cosmetically and functionally the best solution for treating and rebuilding a decayed or damaged tooth that is compromised. At Adawn, we use CEREC 3-D technology to design and create your dental crown by our dental experts. This makes the procedure seamless, simple and pain free and completed in one visit.Book a consult
Dental implants are a strong and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth, that help you to eat and smile more confidently. Now the gold standard of replacing missing teeth, a dental implant mimics your natural tooth root, anchoring to your jawbone and providing a solid foundation for a ceramic crown or bridge to fill the space created by the missing tooth. Designed and executed by our expert dentist, Dr Angelos Sourial and crafted by a master ceramist, the replacement tooth is created to match your natural teeth. Therefore, restoring your smile to its natural aesthetic, as well as supporting you to enjoy the food you love once more.Book a consult
Smile with confidence
Dental implants have proven to be the gold standard in modern dentistry for replacing missing teeth and are the best solution for missing teeth when it comes to appearance, function and durability, with a lifetime survival rate of over 95%. TGA- approved, dental implants are safe, of the highest quality and efficacy.Book a consult
Natural look and feel
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. They are designed to mimic the natural tooth root and crown, and allow you to speak, eat, chew, talk, laugh, and smile again with dignity and confidence. Your mouth treats a dental implant like one of your natural teeth and the bone cells in your jaw grow in and around it, fusing to it over time to become a natural part of your mouth. Only the trained eye will know that you have a dental implant.
Whilst dental implants will improve the aesthetics of your smile, they also protect your jawbone and improve the aesthetics of your smile. Offering a predictable solution for terminal or missing teeth, dental implants keep the jawbone healthy and robust, by stimulating the bone as you chew thus preventing the bone loss that can happen after losing even just one of your teeth and the changes to your appearance and the shape of your face.
Ideal long-term solution
Dental implants are a long-lasting treatment option. As your implant will be fused to your bone, it is therefore built for longevity and essentially a part of you. They rarely come loose or fracture, unlike dentures. In addition, you’ll rarely need to have them replaced, providing you keep up with proper dental hygiene and regular check-ups. Therefore, dental implants are an excellent long-term option for smile restoration.
A restoration that doesn’t compromise healthy teeth
Dental implants allow you to keep teeth either side of a missing tooth, intact and without harming the healthy ones. This contrasts with other treatment options like bridges which require grinding down healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth and therefore damaging healthy teeth. In addition, unlike bridges an implant is not joined to the adjacent teeth, therefore it is possible to floss between the teeth to keep them clean. Therefore, dental implants help maintain the health of your remaining natural teeth.
Eat the food you enjoy
With dental implants, you can eat all your favourite foods, just like you would with your original teeth. This removes the awkwardness or disappointment of cutting out steak, or other chewy or crunchy foods – unlike dentures, which makes eating certain foods difficult to chew. You can also laugh, speak, and sneeze as you would normally, without the fear of your dentures flying out!
Dental Implants versus Dental Bridges
Dental bridges have been used to replace missing teeth for almost a century. They require grinding down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to make the space needed for the bridge. A fixed bridge may cost less initially than a dental implant and may take less time without the need for surgery. However, the major downside is the need to grind down healthy teeth that would otherwise not need dental work. This weakens those teeth and makes them more likely to get decay and gum disease in future. At best, bridgework will usually need to be replaced at some point in the future. At worst, there is the possibility that one or more of the supporting teeth being irreparably damaged and requiring removal. This then limits your options to either going without teeth, transitioning to dentures, or seeking dental implants to replace more than one missing tooth- and so it can end up costing more in the long-run.
In addition, because a bridge joins 2 or more teeth together, it is not possible to run floss between the teeth, which can cause food to become trapped under the bridge or in between the teeth, thus increasing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay to the supporting teeth. Comparatively, a single implant is a stand-alone solution which allows flossing and cleaning like a natural tooth.
Dental Implants versus Dentures
Dentures rest on the gums and many people with conventional dentures struggle to wear them because they don’t stay in place and it is uncomfortable to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw. If you have this problem, you already know about the embarrassment of loose dentures, not being able to eat the foods you love and the problems that come with denture adhesives.
Dental implants on the other hand avoid the need for full dentures. They are the most comfortable option offering a reliable solution that is functional, aesthetic and predictable. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth to a full set of terminal or missing teeth. They will not experience tooth decay and so will never need root canal treatment and can last far longer than other tooth-replacement options.
Whilst initially more expensive than alternative treatments, they can be a very cost-effective option over time, requiring minimal maintenance. They do require a minor surgical procedure to be performed under local anaesthesia, however after healing, the implant is capped with a lifelike crown or bridge customised to match your natural teeth or completely transform your smile.
What is it?
A dental implant is made up of two key parts:
The dental implant is a screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth and to serve as the root of your new tooth. Dental implants are made from medical-grade titanium (like hip, shoulder and knee implants used in joint replacements) and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to serve the ranging needs and remaining bone structure of individuals. The titanium metal is completely biocompatible and safe. Following dental implant placement, bone cells in your jaw will attach and grow around the titanium surface of the implant, forming a highly robust foundation for the natural-looking replacement teeth they support.
The implant provides the solid base for your Crown or Bridge, which is screwed into the titanium screw to imitate the natural tooth. This is the part of your new tooth you see above your gums and is usually made of porcelain, which is a very strong and highly aesthetic material.
What are the different types of dental implants available?
If you have lost just one tooth, this procedure could be the most suitable one for you. A single dental implant is applied when only one of the patient’s teeth are missing.
If you have several missing teeth that need replacement, implant-supported bridges may be the appropriate treatment option. You do not need a dental implant for every missing tooth. Dental implants can act as the foundation for a row of new teeth, by placing them at both ends of a dental implant bridge. Multiple dental implants are applied the same way as single dental implants.
A conventional denture rests on the gums which are soft and so the denture can slide and move around. Denture stabilisation consists of a modified denture that is attached to at least two dental implants using specialised attachments called locators. Also known as Snap-on Dentures (or implant overdentures), the anchorage to the dentures provided by the implants makes them feel secure and comfortable. So much so that you can bite into an apple without the denture flipping out. This has been a paradigm shift in denture wear and is a cost-effective option for people with loose lower dentures.
This procedure is for those that require half or complete sets of teeth replaced or have been living with unstable dentures for years. Approximately 4-6 dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, supporting an arch of prosthetic teeth. Designed to be an alternative to full teeth dentures, dental implants can anchor a full set of teeth that look and feel natural, and do not need to be removed. One of the greatest benefits of full mouth dental implant treatment, is that it prevents the deterioration of jawbone that happens with the ongoing use of poorly fitting and uncomfortable dentures.
Trial your smile
We know that some dental procedures can be a significant investment for most people. That’s why we use industry leading digital planning software that allows you to trial your smile before committing
A new beginning for you and your smile.
Consultation and planning
Consultation, records collection and planning using in-house 3D intra-oral scanning machine.
With planning complete, you are ready for your implant surgery.
The next step will be to check that the implant has fully healed and then to take a scan of your dental implant for fabrication of the ceramic crown which will be placed over the implant.
Two weeks later
Time for your ceramic crown to be placed onto your implant. With your implant placement complete, your tooth is restored to optimal shape and function, while continuing to stabilise, protect, and preserve the surrounding teeth and tissue.
Disclaimer: Results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. All dental treatment information is provided for general information only. Any surgical or invasive procedure carry risk. Before proceeding, seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.Smile Gallery
Single tooth replacement with an implant
All-on-4 and lower Porcelain Veneers
Multiple Implant Bridges
Single Implant and Gum Contouring
How we provide this service
Replacing a tooth can be accomplished with a dental implant. A dental implant restores the mouth to optimal function, stabilising the surrounding bone, tissue and teeth by substituting the root structure of the missing tooth. This helps to prevent further serious complications that can arise if the missing tooth is left untreated. It usually requires multiple appointments to complete.
The process of having a dental implant depends on whether there is still a tooth present or not. The process is usually more straightforward if the tooth is still present as the tooth maintains the bone in the area and ensures that there Is adequate space to place the Implant.
Step 1 - Consultation and records collection
Dental implants are a highly technical and personalised form of treatment, and we want you to explain your goals to us in detail. At your initial consultation, we will assess your general health, your oral health (including gum disease which is a significant risk factor for implant failure), the overall condition of your mouth and the specific area of concern to ensure you are suitable for Implant treatment.
We need you to have a 3D bone scan using our in-house CBCT machine to assess the quality and quantity of your jawbone and identify the location of relevant anatomical structures such as nerves or sinuses. This is to ensure that you have enough healthy bone to surround the implant, if not, you may require bone augmentation to help build-up the area around the implant.
Once all the records have been analysed, we will inform you of the possibilities and discuss the treatment plan options specific to you along with the associated costs.
Step 2 - Planning
The key to long term implant success is in the planning. We utilise the latest in-house 3D intra-oral scanning machine to take a digital mould of your teeth along with photos so that we can superimpose all the layers together into our high-tech software to determine the best position for the implant to help with 3D guided surgery.
The digital scan of your jaw and the 3D x-ray are superimposed and the exact position of the proposed Implant is identified. This allows us to perform a virtual and simulated procedure before proceeding with the actual one. A computer-generated 3D printed surgical guide is created from the information gathered from the simulation to assist in the precise placement of the dental implants. This allows Dr. Sourial to do a trial virtual run and master whatever steps are necessary to ensure the surgery is a success. The margin for error is reduced when we plan out the precise positions in advance thus reducing the risk of nerve damage or other complications.
Step 3 - Placement
With planning complete, you are ready for your implant surgery. This is usually performed under local anaesthetic but can be done under either a sedation or General Anaesthetic depending on your preference. Recovery is minimal, with only mild-moderate swelling or discomfort.
The implant will be placed in your jaw in a minor surgical procedure. It will sometimes be covered with gum tissue and left for 2-3 months. In this time, the implant will fully integrate into your jawbone. A temporary tooth can also be provided to fill the space if desired.
If a tooth is failing, it will usually be extracted first and then depending on the situation, the extraction site may either be left to heal for a few weeks or sometimes an implant can be placed immediately into the socket.
Step 4 - Healing
Your dental implants will take approximately 2-3 months to become fully fused to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. The next step will be to check that the implant has fully healed and then to take a scan of your dental implant for fabrication of the ceramic crown which will be placed over the implant.
Step 5 -Teeth
A couple of weeks later, a post will be screwed into the implant with a ceramic crown secured to It, allowing the gum tissue to grow around it like a natural tooth. With your implant placement complete, your tooth is restored to optimal shape and function, while continuing to stabilise, protect, and preserve the surrounding teeth and tissue.
Teeth in One Day
In some situations, it is possible to remove the existing tooth, place an implant and then place a provisional crown or bridge straight away over the top of it so that you don't need to walk around with a temporary tooth. This is a very specialised technique and requires a lot of factors to be favourable to make It possible. It is mostly done with the All-on-4 procedure, when replacing multiple missing teeth but can also be done in a single tooth situation.
The benefit of an immediate implant technique is that it reduces the number of surgeries required and when combined with a socket-shield technique can provide some of the most aesthetic long-term results with almost no pain or swelling afterwards.
We’ve carefully curated our space to make the time you spend at Adawn as enjoyable, calming and comfortable as possible.
A safer way to care for you
Above all else, safety is our priority.
While some industries are adjusting to a New Normal of safety measures, they’ve always been normal for us. After every patient, each of our clinical rooms is sanitised and our equipment sterilised. Our team also wears enhanced PPE (gloves, masks and protective eyewear), undergoes daily health checks and laundry service, and our COVID Safe plan is always up to date in line with Victorian Department of Health requirements.
Cutting edge technology
The technology available can completely change the patient experience and so we invest in the best. The state of the art equipment we have in house means we can craft finer restorations, detect problems earlier, reduce treatment time and even create custom appliances when we need to.
Designed for comfort
Going to the dentist can be uncomfortable and intimidating. It may even make you anxious. At Adawn, you are always in control of your experience. We have several options available to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible from Netflix and noise cancelling headphones, head rests and blankets, right through to sedation or general anaesthetic. We’re not comfortable unless you are.
Two easy ways to pay.
We know dentistry is an investment, so we allow two ways to pay.
Valued at $360
Extraction (if required)
Valued from $220-620
Valued from $2340
Valued from $2340
Reviews and adjustments
Total Value: From $5260
*This is the price of a single implant. The cost of a dental implant will vary depending on each person’s needs. These include the type of implant, the complexity of each case and the extent of the procedure. To learn more about how dental implants can help improve your smile and the cost involved for you, please call us to book a consultation with Dr Angelos Sourial. Denticare Interest free payment plans are available for eligible clients up to the value of $15,000.
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Our team of experts really care
Our team of experts really care
"Implant Dentistry has revolutionised how we treat people who have terminal and missing teeth. The results we get are the closest thing possible to the look and feel of natural teeth."
DR ANGELOS SOURIAL, PRINCIPAL DENTIST
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Distinction
University of Otago, 2004
- Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Dentistry (Implants)
University of Melbourne 2010
- Current President of the prestigious Australasian Osseointegration Society (Victoria)
- Facilitator of SPEAR Education Study Club, Melbourne since 2016
- Published in New Zealand Medical Journal, 2004
- Fellow of the prestigious Pierre Faurchard Academy in recognition of his leadership and service to the dental community.
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Frequently asked questions
Why should I get my dental implant done at Adawn?
Dental implant treatment is one of the more complex treatments in dentistry and as such requires very specific training and expertise. A lot of analysis and planning must take place to avoid future problems since the implant is fused into the bone and cannot be easily removed. Implants also require maintenance and therefore some implant brands that are placed overseas cannot be serviced In Australia.
At Adawn, we recognise that to provide our patients with an aesthetic, functional and long-lasting result we must not only use the very best materials, but our clinicians must be at the cutting edge of clinical skills and research. Dr. Angelos has a Post Graduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry and has been placing implants since 2009. During this time, he has treated hundreds of patients successfully using dental implants. He is always upskilling and attending the best continuing education to keep up with latest research and techniques to provide the best results for his patients. He is the current President of one of the largest implant societies in the country that helps to educate dentists and specialists on Implantology. He performs both the surgical and restorative phases of Implant treatment, meaning that there is no need to be referred externally in most cases.
At Adawn we know that your time is valuable, and so we have invested in all the latest technology like our 3D CBCT x-ray machine, iTero Intra-oral scanner, CEREC CAD-CAM system and lots of other equipment to ensure that the whole process is streamlined, accurate and predictable for our patients.
Why replace missing teeth?
Dental implant treatment can change your life. From one missing tooth to an entire set of teeth, dental implants can restore your appearance, confidence, comfort, speech, nutrition, oral health and self-esteem.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you understand how this can make you uncomfortable about smiling or eating in public. This can have a big impact on your daily life and your self-confidence, as well as reduce your ability to chew properly. Often you may forego the foods you love, affecting your nutrition and enjoyment of food.
The loss of teeth also causes the jawbone to shrink in the areas where your teeth used to be. Not only does this affect your smile, but it can also change the shape of your face making you appear older.
How long do dental implants last?
Providing you take good care of them and maintain a healthy oral hygiene regime and regular check-ups to ensure that your gums and bone remain in good health, dental implants are durable and can last for decades, making them an excellent long-term option for smile restoration.
Can dental implants fall out?
There are rare instances where dental implants can be rejected. This happens in not more than 5% of cases. In the unlikely event this occurs, the implant can be replaced. If you are a diabetic or a smoker, you need to be aware that patients in these categories face the highest failure rates of around 10% – 15%, compared to a normal failure rate of just 5%.*
*Howe MS, Keys W, Richards D. Long-term (10-year) dental implant survival: A systematic review and sensitivity meta-analysis. J Dent. 2019 May; 84:9-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2019.03.008. Epub 2019 Mar 20. PMID: 30904559.
Who should consider getting a dental implant?
Anyone with terminal, missing or loose teeth due to broken teeth, gum disease or with an ill-fitting denture should consider getting a dental implant. Even one missing tooth, over time, can affect jaw function, impact diet and cause neighbouring teeth to move into unoccupied spaces. When teeth are not in their proper position, you can begin to have issues with bite alignment (malocclusion), irregular teeth wear and jaw stress.
Sometimes a tooth will crack or break down to the point that it cannot be restored. In these situations the most ideal option is to replace it with a dental implant rather than take the tooth out and wait for the bone to shrink away.
Today, with new technology and advancements in dental implant procedures and the expert skills of Dr Angelos Sourial, there are very few patients who are unable to have a dental implant. It is important to have healthy gum tissue and adequate bone structure to support the implant, so a consultation is vital.
To find out if dental implants are right for you, book in to attend an initial implant consultation with Dr Angelos Sourial at Adawn.
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Can you eat anything with dental implants?
Of course! Unlike dentures, you can eat anything with dental implants. You must of course keep up your regular oral hygiene regime, including meticulous brushing, flossing and regular oral wellness visits
How are dental implants inserted?
Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone using a local anaesthetic in most cases, however if you feel anxious about the process, we offer sedation and sleep dentistry (general anaesthetic) options.
How long does the procedure take?
An implant installation procedure usually only takes 1-2 hours, depending on a patient’s specific treatment requirements.
Are dental implants painful?
We will administer local anaesthetic beforehand so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. You may experience some tiredness and mild discomfort afterwards, especially around the implant site; however, this is manageable with pain relief medications. After the initial tenderness wears off, you won’t notice any difference between your dental implants and natural teeth.
If you are anxious about having surgery just under local anaesthetic, we also offer solutions like sedation or sleep dentistry. To find out this option is suitable for you, book in to attend an initial Implant Consultation with Dr Angelos Sourial at Adawn.
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Can a loose dental implant be fixed?
Sometimes what feels like a loose implant could be just the loose crown over the top of the implant. If this is the case, then it can usually be re-tightened. However, if the implant screw itself is loose it will require replacement. Get in touch with Adawn as soon as you feel the dental implant becoming loose.
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When is the best time to have an implant?
As soon as a tooth is removed, the bone surrounding the socket begins to shrink. Most of the shrinkage takes place in the first 3-6 months. Therefore, the most ideal time to have an implant is in the first 2 months as there will usually be enough bone in the area. If the area is left to heal for too long, then it can complicate implant treatment as considerable bone grafting may be required. It is best to have a consultation before the tooth is removed so that the area can be analysed, and options discussed.
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Do I need to have a bone graft if I have an implant?
For an implant to be successful, it must be fully encased in bone to maintain the health and aesthetics of the area. If the bone has shrunk away, then it needs to be rebuilt either prior to or during implant placement. This is usually performed using a synthetic bone which acts as a scaffold to allow your natural bone to grow within it and cover the implant.
Can I get dental implants if I have had bone loss?
Bone loss may be caused by gum disease or injury but often results from dentures or multiple missing teeth. Implant technology has significantly advanced in recent times, and today most people with bone loss can be treated with dental implants. Ensure you book an initial implant consultation with Dr Angelos Sourial, who will take a 3D x-ray and assess your suitability for dental implants. Even if you do not have sufficient bone to insert a dental implant, bone augmentation/grafting may be required. This procedure is more involved and requires a longer time to heal.
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Can I get dental implants If I have gum disease?
Gum disease is one of the biggest risk factors for implant failure. It usually happens due to a build-up of bacteria under the gums. Unfortunately, implants do not have the same defence mechanism that natural teeth have and so are more prone to damage caused by the bacteria. It is essential to have any gum disease assessed and managed prior to embarking on dental implant therapy.
Can I get dental implants with receding gums?
Gum recession can happen due to a variety of reasons including gum disease or overbrushing. It Is crucial that there is enough gum and bone around an Implant so that it remains healthy. If there is gum recession, we may need to augment the area with extra gum during Implant treatment to ensure that the Implant is protected. Dr. Angelos Sourial can advise you if this is necessary.
How long does the healing process take?
There is usually only minor discomfort in the first couple of days which can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relief and anti-Inflammatory medication. Most people can return to work the next day if they avoid strenuous physical activity for 24 hours. If a tooth is removed, we usually wait 8 weeks for the socket to heal prior to placing the implant. After the Implant has been placed, healing usually takes place uneventfully under the surface for about 2-3 months, following which the Implant is scanned and a crown Is made over 2 visits.
How long will it take to get dental implants?
“Integration” with the bone typically takes two to three months, and the rest of the process can take as little as two visits for a simple case but could require additional visits for a more complicated situation. Generally, the full process can take around three to six months to complete.
What is the recovery time after having dental implants?
Any surgical procedure has risks and depends on your situation. These will be discussed at your consultation appointment. The most common is if the dental implant does not “integrate” into the bone and becomes loose. Common factors that affect this are smoking, diabetes and poor at-home care. The second most common problem is called peri-implantitis, which is an infection of the bone around the dental implant, leading to possible loss of the implant itself. In most cases, however, implants can last for many years, with nothing more than routine maintenance both at home and at regular dental visits.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
A dental implant can replace anywhere from one single tooth to an entire arch of teeth.
Is there maintenance required for dental implants?
Dental implant maintenance is very similar to what is required for your natural teeth. Although implants do not decay or develop cavities, it’s important to maintain the health of the surrounding teeth and gums to prevent inflammation and disease. We recommend gentle brushing and flossing, especially where the implant meets your gum line, using a small, soft toothbrush and toothpaste. Smoking should be avoided, as this can affect the long-term health of the area. Importantly, visiting your dentist every 6 months for your oral wellness visits
What are the risks of dental implants?
Any surgical procedure has risks and depends on your situation. These will be discussed at your consultation appointment. The most common is if the dental implant does not “integrate” into the bone and becomes loose. Common factors that affect this are smoking, diabetes, and poor at-home care. The second most common problem is called peri-implantitis, which is an infection of the bone around the dental implant, leading to possible loss of the implant itself. In most cases, however, implants can last for many years, with nothing more than routine maintenance both at home and at regular dental visits.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Every insurance provider has its own policies for what it covers depending on your level of cover. To check, telephone your health insurance company. The most common item numbers for implants are numbers 688, 671 and 661. We accept most health insurance companies, and you can claim on the day of treatment.
Is a dental implant better than a fixed bridge or a denture?
Each case is different, depending on the adjacent teeth and the bone. Fixed bridges can last a long time, but they eventually fail and when they do, the most common reason is decay on the supporting teeth. This obviously cannot happen with titanium implants. Dentures, by definition, are removable, and they are typically a last resort for patients. Removable dentures, no matter how well they are made, will move to some degree, are artificially thick and often not especially beautiful. In most cases, a fixed implant is the better solution.