Lentini Dental has a purpose-built facility for dental surgery in Werribee. Although primarily used for dental implant surgery, we have the experience and technology to perform a range of other surgical procedures.
This page provides an overview of teeth replacement and other common types of dental surgery performed at our clinic.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom tooth removal is a necessary dental procedure for many people. Impacted wisdom teeth that have failed to erupt through the gum line can cause great discomfort and pain. Whether it’s only a single wisdom tooth, or the removal of all four, Lentini can take the pain away and restore oral health.
In ideal cases, placement of teeth implants can be performed using keyhole surgery. Because it is less invasive than traditional techniques, the keyhole technique helps in minimising after-effects from the surgery. In more involved surgical cases, swelling or bruising can be expected.
Once the implant fixture is implanted, we allow a healing period that may last several months. An immediate temporary crown or bridge can often be placed at the time of dental implant surgery. This is left in place from 3 to 6 months undisturbed. After that, a permanent abutment is placed, followed by your new artificial tooth (also called a prosthesis or crown).
Local anaesthetic is usually all that is required for pain control during dental implant surgery. We can also offer a tablet sedation if required, however you will have to plan to have someone to take you home after the procedure and expect to rest for the remainder of the day.
The post-operative effects will vary depending on the type of dental implant surgery planned.
Whether you have implant procedures in one stage or multiple stages, you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any type of dental procedure.
These may include:
- Swelling of the gums and face
- Bruising of your skin and gums
- Pain at the implant site
- Minor bleeding
After the implant surgery, you may need to eat soft foods for several days. Typically, sutures that dissolve on their own are used, however if your stitches aren’t dissolvable your dentist will remove them in about 10 days.
If Bone Grafting is Required
Bone grafting may be needed when an implant is placed or before you can have dental implant surgery to enable a more solid foundation.
Thin or soft bone, for example, may not be able to support the implant. If bone grafting is required it may take anywhere from five to 12 months for the transplanted bone to grow enough to support the new tooth/teeth.
In some cases, you may need only minor bone grafting, which can be done at the same time as the dental implant surgery. The condition of your jawbone determines how we proceed.
Alongside bone grafting, we have extensive experience in ridge preservation techniques. This means that when you have a tooth extraction or similar dental surgery at our Werribee clinic, we can use materials to help minimise the change in shape of the gum or bone in the area that can occur as the result of an extraction.
Whether or not you will be receiving teeth replacements at a later date, this is an important procedure to help maintain dental health.
Other Dental Surgery Options
Our Werribee clinic has dentists with the experience and technology to perform a range of procedures, including removal of impacted wisdom teeth and sinus grafting, which improves options for implant placement where there has been excessive loss of bone after tooth extraction.