Prosthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on the restoration of teeth that require crowns, veneers, bridges, implants, dentures or any combination of these. The term prosthodontics means, literally, “tooth replacement”.
Our prosthodontists are experienced in a range of procedures, from single tooth management through to full arch rehabilitations and Teeth in 3 days™.
At Smile Solutions our registered specialist prosthodontists Dr Jamie Foong and Dr Zaina Hamudi work in conjunction with our specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr Patrishia Bordbar and our specialist periodontist Dr Rory Nolan, who has vast experience with immediate implants, to comprehensively cater for all your complex crown, bridge, complete arch rehabilitation and implant requirements.
What do “teeth in an hour/immediate teeth” dental implant procedures entail?
These procedures involve placing the implant and replacement tooth all at the same time, rather than waiting for three to six months between the first and second stages. Known in the dental profession as “immediate loading”, this instant process means you can have your new tooth in around an hour.
Generally only patients with ample jawbone density and with no other predisposing risk factors are appropriate candidates for immediate loading. However, there can be disadvantages with this procedure, the greatest being the higher risk of implant failure where bone integration is inadequate. This can happen if the jawbone doesn't have enough time to fuse properly with the implant.
To avoid any likelihood of implant failure, our team of registered specialists will discuss the pros and cons of this procedure with you in the context of your particular condition and circumstances.
Dr Jamie Foong is a specialist prosthodontist. He undertook his undergraduate dental course at the University of Melbourne and then worked as a general practitioner at Brisbane Prosthodontic and in general practice for several years. He returned to Melbourne and completed a three-year specialist degree in Prosthodontics. Dr Foong is a visiting lecturer and clinical supervisor at the University of Melbourne Dental School. He can provide all aspects of prosthodontic care, including crown and bridge, occlusal rehabilitation, porcelain veneers and dental implants.
Dr Zaina Hamudi graduated from the University of Baghdad in 2002, after which she practised and tutored in dentistry for several years in Melbourne, South Australia and Dubai. In 2005 she completed a clinical training residency approved by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and in 2006 she became a member of the college after passing the MFDS RCSI examinations. Dr Hamudi’s passion for dentistry, and in particular the areas of cosmetics and dental implants, led her to undertake a three-year specialist doctorate degree in prosthodontics at the University of Adelaide, from which she graduated in 2010. As well as a practising prosthodontist, Dr Hamudi is now a clinical supervisor at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University.
Mr Brent Smart is a highly skilled advanced dental prosthetist. His role at Smile Solutions includes the fabrication and fitting of all removable appliances, including complete and partial dentures in the materials of your choice. Brent is also an integral part of the Teeth in 3 Days™ team offering eligible patients a fixed implant bridge alternative to removable dentures.
Prevention is a primary focus of the Smile Solutions practice. Our team of seven dental hygienists – comprising Sophie Oostermeyer, Samantha Makin, Jennifer Slattery, Emily Marson, Naomi Hoopman, Chatelle Wehi and Isabelle Sayers – are essential to making this possible.
Dental hygiene begins with the assessment and evaluation of your periodontal (gum) tissue.
An ideal home dental care routine is then designed for you. To enhance your home care, assistance is provided in the surgery, involving removal of plaque, calculus (tartar), general staining and the application of decay-preventing agents as required.
If you are undergoing dental restorative or cosmetic treatment, a revised home care routine will be designed for you and monitored as the treatment progresses. This will enable the best possible treatment outcome.
Regular hygiene appointments, along with optimum home care, ensure ongoing maintenance of your teeth and gums.
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*These images feature patients of Smile Solutions. They are simply an educational guide and by no means represent a guarantee of outcome.
If you require additional advanced periodontal treatment, we offer the services of Dr Rory Nolan, our registered specialist periodontist; and Dr James van den Berg (practice restricted to implants and periodontal care).
Conventional dental implantation is the process of replacing missing teeth or teeth that cannot be saved by conventional means. Implants range from single-tooth replacement to a complete upper and lower arch replacement.
Bone grafting, or bone “augmentation”, involves the insertion of synthetic filler bone to encourage growth of the natural bone around it.
A cosmetic lifting of the gum line of the front six teeth, known as a gum lift, is today carried out quickly and effectively using laser. This procedure is virtually painless, does not require stitches and produces relatively quick healing.
Dr Rory Nolan graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, in 2001 with a Bachelor of Dental Science. He has worked in general practice in Ireland; Australia; and the United Kingdom, where he was senior house officer in oral and maxillofacial surgery at a general hospital. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in England. In 2009, Rory graduated with a doctorate in Dental Surgery, specialising in periodontology and implant dentistry, from Trinity College Dublin and the Dublin Dental School and Hospital, Ireland, at the same time achieving certification from the European Federation of Periodontology. He was subsequently awarded a fellowship in periodontology from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr Nolan is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the Irish Dental Association, the Irish Society of Periodontology, the European Federation of Periodontology and the International Team for Implantology. He is a registered specialist periodontist in Australia.
Dr James van den Berg has practised in the fields of periodontal care and implant dentistry since completing his postgraduate education in London in 1999. He has also lectured in these fields and maintains an interest in the use of lasers to complement traditional therapies. He is now in the final year of further study aimed at raising his skill level to the highest possible standards and also qualifying him as a registered specialist periodontist in Australia.