Dental Implants Sydney

Dental implants can replace one tooth or several teeth, permanently.

Dental implants can replace a tooth or a number of teeth that you’ve lost due to injury, disease or decay. Tooth implants look just like normal teeth and they’re the most permanent and long-term solution to replace missing teeth. Treatments are available at multiple convenient locations across Sydney. Read on to understand the difference between having your teeth implant surgery performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon compared to a dentist.

Why replace a missing tooth with a dental implant?

  • It looks better: Even if your missing tooth or teeth are not in the front of your mouth visible when you smile there is good reason to have them replaced. This is because bones are similar to muscles, if you don’t stimulate them, they‘ll shrink. When lost teeth aren’t replaced, your biting forces decrease and therefore your jaw bone diminishes. This can lead to a shrunken, prematurely-aged appearance.
  • It’s more functional: When a tooth is missing, the opposing and neighbouring teeth can start to move. This can make eating and talking difficult. It can also lead to bite problems and teeth or jaw pain.
  • It protects other teeth: If a tooth is not replaced, other teeth have increased wear and are more likely to have problems.
  • Regain your confidence: Having a missing tooth can contribute to a lack of confidence and hesitation to wanting to smile in public. Receiving a new tooth can assist with improving your self-esteem, smile again with confidence.

There are three parts to a high quality dental tooth implant:

A crown

This is an artificial tooth that fits over the screw and is shaped like your missing tooth.

An abutment

This is a small metal post which joins the screw to the artificial tooth.

A titanium screw

This is implanted in the bone of your jaw replaces the root of your missing tooth. The screw fuses with the jaw forming a strong and stable platform for the replacement tooth after 3 to 6 months.

If you’ve lost several teeth in a row, you may need a bridge with a titanium implant on either end and a row of artificial teeth (attached to each other) bridging the gap.

Dental Implants vs Natural Teeth

Am I a good candidate?

Located in Sydney and lost a tooth or teeth and you want a long-term solution? You may be a candidate for a dental implant which can be performed conventiently at our private Sydney tooth implant clinic. Before your dentistry or health care practitioner can recommend implants, there are several questions that need to be answered:

  • Do you have adequate bone volume and density in your jawbone?
  • Has your jaw has stopped growing? It usually stops growing in your 20s, but until this happens you would not be able to have an implant.
  • Do you have good general health? Certain chronic diseases including diabetes, haemophilia, connective tissue disease, immune deficiencies, cancer and some heart conditions can affect the outcome of your implant surgery.
  • Are you taking medicines? Some medicines — such as steroids — supress your immune system and can affect whether or not a tooth (or teeth) implant can be placed.
  • Do you have good oral health?
  • Do you chain smoke? Dental Implants are not recommended if you chain smoke. Some other lifestyle factors can mean that implants are not recommended.

Because Dr van Mourik is both a Sydney dentist and a medical doctor he can assess your overall health as well as your dental health so that you get the best possible implant outcome.

Can dental implants replace false teeth?

More and more people are choosing implant supported dentures over regular dentures (false teeth) because they look better, are more comfortable to talk and eat with, and they’re easier to maintain. All on 4® dental implants are permanent implants that can support a denture immediately after implant placement.

Virtual surgical planning

For your tooth implant to be stable, you need to have enough healthy bone in your jaw. If you lost a tooth some time ago, the bone in your jaw may already have deteriorated. Likewise, if you’ve had an injury or there’s a bone defect you were born with, you may not have enough to hold a dental implant in place.

As part of planning your procedure at his Sydney practice, Dr van Mourik will take a ‘cone beam x-ray’ and scan it into a computer to generate a precise 3D model. He will then use ‘virtual surgical planning’ to assess your anatomy as well as the amount and quality of bone. This may involve making a customised computer-generated guide for the surgery.

If there isn’t enough to hold an implant, Dr van Mourik may recommend bone grafting to increase the amount of healthy bone in the area. Alternatively, zygomatic implants (cheek implants) can be placed if little bone remains.

Where can I have the procedure performed in Sydney?

Dr van Mourik performs dental implant surgery in his Sydney private rooms under local anaesthetic or intravenous (IV) sedation. He also does it at a number of accredited Sydney private hospitals under general anaesthetic.

Dr Van Mourik will discuss the options with you and the choice of venue will depend on the extent of the procedure, your general health and your personal preference.

Anaesthetist or sedationist?

Some dental practitioners employ a nurse sedationist to perform IV sedation. For safety reasons, Dr van Mourik always uses an anaesthetist who is a specially trained medical doctor.

Recovery after your dental implants Sydney procedure

Day surgery: If you’ve general anaesthetic or IV sedation you will require someone to assist you get home. If done under local anaesthetic, you can drive home yourself.

Pain management: Most people are surprise to find that pain is minimal. Normal painkillers are usually all you’ll need. An icepack can help reduce any swelling or pain.

Work/School: Most people return to work one day after their implant surgery, while a few have to take more than a day or two off.

Stitches: Disolving stitches are used in most cases. They gradually dissolve over 1-2 weeks.

Diet: Soft food diet for 1-2 days after teeth surgery. By 1-2 weeks after surgery you’ll most likely be eating and drinking normally.

Follow up: Review appointments are part of our service to ensure you are healing well.

Dr Van Mourik will give you detailed post-operative instructions during your initial consultation. To maximise your chance of making a quick recovery without complications, please pay careful attention to these instructions. General information can be found on the Post-op and Patient Care page.

Possible complications

It’s unusual to have complications if you get a skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon to perform  your implant surgery.

However, all surgeries have some potential risks and complications. The risks are higher if your general health is poor, if you smoke, have diabetes, have poor oral hygiene or if you’ve had radiotherapy to your jaw. Certain medications can also increase the risk of complications.

For dental implants the most frequently-encountered complications are:

  • Infection
  • A loose screw – If the implant screw doesn’t fuse with your jawbone properly, you will need to have the procedure redone after the bone has healed.
  • A loose post (abutment) – Sometimes the metal post that fits into the screw comes loose. If this happens it can be tightened or replaced.
  • Facial and oral numbness caused by nerve injury

How much does a dental implant cost?

Medicare will reimburse you for part of your initial consultation.

Dr van Mourik will give you a written quote for the cost of your dental implant surgery at the initial consultation. We’ll help you make applicable Medicare and private health insurance claims so that you’ll know how much of the cost will be covered.

If an anaesthetist is involved, we’ll give you contact details for the anaesthetist so you can obtain their fee schedule. Medicare and private health insurance will cover part of the anaesthetist’s costs.

Why choose an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

Full range of options

Only specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeons, not dentists, can provide the full scope and widest options of both in-rooms and hospital-based dental implant procedures.

Procedures are performed to highest technical standard

They have the highest level of training and skills for teeth oral surgery, this leads to better quality surgery. They can confidently perform more complicated dental implants sydney surgeries such as those involving bone grafts.

Appropriately manage your medical conditions with a decreased chance of complications

Because oral and maxillofacial surgeons have medical training, they can manage your other medical conditions and medications to decrease risk. If a complication does occur, they have the dentistry and medical skills to manage it.


Because Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are medically trained, they only operate under hospital grade sterilisation protocol (carried out in accordance with AS/NZS 4815:2006 standard). Dr van Mourik is one of Sydney’s leading oral surgeons, contact him today to discuss your teeth needs.

Only use specialist anaesthetists

When intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic is required, they always use specialist anaesthetists.

Focus on patient care

Dr van Mourik is a highly experienced Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. He explains things clearly and he’s a good listener, so do ask him questions about your dental implant surgery and tell him about any concerns you have — he’ll take the time to answer and manage your concerns sensitively.

Professional medical services

Learn more about dental implants

Single tooth implant

A single tooth implant can be used to replace a missing tooth with a permanent tooth implant that looks real.

Zygomatic implants

If you want an implant supported denture for your top jaw, but the bone isn’t strong enough, Zygomatic implants could help.

Bone and soft tissue grafting

Bone and soft tissue grafting can assist if you haven’t enough healthy bone or soft tissue in the implant area.

Implant supported dentures

Replace several teeth or all your teeth with implant supported dentures that are fixed permanently in place.

All on 4®

Find out about the All on 4 denture that’s fully supported using 4 implants and ready in 48 hours or less.

Learn more about dental implant surgery through our comprehensive guides.

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