Dental Implants

Dental Implants

What Is A Dental Implant?


Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Titanium screws are placed in the jaw to simulate your natural teeth and anchor your prosthetic tooth to bone.

Dental implants may be placed at the same time as tooth removal (immediate implant) or as a subsequent procedure after the tooth socket has healed (delayed or staged implant placement).

Treatment is carried out in a team approach. Implant surgery is carefully planned with Cone Beam CT scans to assess the available bone, and determine the number of implants required and the best location for them to be placed.

The Surgeon places the implant into the jaw bone, and a Dentist or Prosthodontist constructs and fits the crown, bridge, denture or other prosthesis on top of the implant

Stage 1 Vs. 2

Depending on a number of factors, you may be suitable for 1 or 2 stage implant treatment.

One or single stage surgery means that the implant is placed and then a healing abutment or cap is placed on top of the implant to allow the gums to heal around it to prepare it for a crown, bridge or prosthesis.

Two stage surgery means that the implant is placed and then covered over with the gum, so there is no implant or healing cap visible initially. After the implant has healed (typically 3-6 months), the implant is uncovered via a small surgical procedure, the healing abutment is placed, and then the crown, bridge or prosthesis can then be made shortly after.


This is the healing process whereby the bone knits to the titanium implant surface. This keeps the implant stable. This process takes between three to six months.

All On 4

This is an option suitable for some select patients who no longer have natural teeth, or require the removal of their remaining teeth. Implants are placed which allows a new set of teeth to be fixed to the jaw. A number of factors need to be considered to determine if a patient is suitable for this type of treatment, including the jaw bone health and anatomy, and medical history.

Bone Grafting

Occasionally there is insufficient bone for implants to be placed without grafting or rebuilding the jaw bone. Bone grafting may be recommended during the tooth extraction, at the time of implant placement, or as a separate procedure prior to implants being placed later. There are various sources of bone grafting, and these procedures and the available options, will be discussed with you if required.

Conditions we treat at WA Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

We provide comprehensive diagnosis and management of oral and jaw conditions, all over Perth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, by the surgical placement of artificial tooth roots. Read more.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as third molars, are often the last teeth to emerge through the gums. Read more.

Tooth Extraction

There are various times in life when people need to have a tooth removed either by a dentist or oral surgeon. Read more.

Dento-Alveolar Surgery

This surgery involves the alveolus – the section of the jaws which contains or has contained teeth. Read more.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is used to align the jaws, and is used for management of a number of conditions. Read more.

TADs & Bone Plates

These are mini plates and/or screws that are placed in the mouth in strategic locations to facilitate orthodontic tooth movement. Read more.

Oral Pathology

Abnormalities of the jaws, face and neck which are some of the body’s most complex anatomical region. Read more.

Facial Injuries

Facial injuries can involve the hard and soft tissues of the jaws, eyes sockets, nose or forehead. Read more.