Case Studies

from Contemporary Smiles in Corrimal

Full Mouth Reconstruction with Upper and Lower Fixed Bridges Supported by Implants

Initial Situation

This patient lost her upper and lower teeth many years ago.Around that time, she had an implant supported acrylic bridge placed to replace the missing lower teeth and a full upper denture.

In 2018, Mr Mark Aitken from the Illawarra Denture Clinic referred the patient to assess feasibility for the replacement of the lower bridge and the feasibility of placement of a modern implant solution on the upper arch. Cone beam CBCT showed a lack of bone present to have implants placed with the immediate provision of a bridge.

Full Mouth Reconstruction with Upper and Lower Fixed Bridges Supported by Implants

The Treatment Plan

Options were discussed and the patient elected to have bone placed in both her maxillary sinuses (sinuses located near the nose and above the upper back teeth) under local anaesthetic by Dr Barry Phelan at Contemporary Smiles.

After 6 months healing, 8 implants were placed in the upper arch with immediate conversion of her upper denture into a temp fixed bridge.

The Outcome

3 months later a ceramic bridge was fitted to the upper 8 implants. This is the ultimate in terms of aesthetics and durability. A fixed hybrid bridge with a titanium and high impact acrylic was fitted to 4 of the lower implants.

Full Mouth Reconstruction with Upper and Lower Fixed Bridges Supported by Implants
Full Mouth Reconstruction with Upper and Lower Fixed Bridges Supported by Implants
Full Mouth Reconstruction with Upper and Lower Fixed Bridges Supported by Implants


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Why choose Contemporary Smiles Dental?

At our practice in Corrimal, patients have access to a comprehensive range of dental treatments. We strive to provide state-of-the-art procedures, including dental implants, orthodontics, hygiene, cosmetic, and unique/bespoke services. Our team of highly skilled and experienced dentists works together to ensure our patients receive the care they need all in one place, without the need for referral to another clinic.

Why do regular dental visits matter?

The importance of routine dental check-ups lies in their ability to detect oral health issues at an early stage, making treatment simpler and more cost-effective. Preventive measures can also be taken to avoid the onset of oral problems. Additionally, certain diseases or medical conditions may manifest symptoms in the mouth, making regular visits to the dentist crucial.

How often do I have to go to the dentist?

Dental treatment is tailored to the individual, as every person's oral health needs are unique. The frequency of dental visits may vary, with some requiring only one or two visits a year, while others may require more. Your smile is unique, and your dental care should reflect that.

What should I look for when choosing a dentist?

It's advisable to consult multiple dentists before making a decision. Dental care is a personal service that relies on a strong relationship between dentist and patient. During your initial visit, you should be able to assess if the dentist is a good fit for you.

What are the early signs and symptoms of mouth cancer?

Mouth cancer can occur in various parts of the mouth including the lips, tongue and the throat. Sadly, mouth cancer has a high mortality rate due to late detection. However, there is hope as precancerous conditions can develop well before cancer and if detected early, can be effectively treated with a high chance of prevention or cure. Some common early signs of mouth cancer include:


  • An ulcer or sore throat lasting more than three weeks.
  • A white or red patch on the soft tissue, gums, tongue, or inner mouth.
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarse voice for over six weeks.
  • Difficulty swallowing or feeling of something stuck in the throat.
  • Neck swelling lasting more than three weeks.
  • Numbness of the tongue or other mouth area.
Is bad breath a sign of gum disease?

Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be a warning sign of gum disease and other oral issues, making it important to identify the cause. If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, schedule a visit with your dentist. Regular check-ups enable them to detect any underlying problems, as your bad breath may indicate a medical condition. If your dentist finds no oral health issues, they may refer you to a primary care physician.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth removal is not always necessary, but in certain situations, their arrival can cause discomfort, swelling, or infection. The most frequent issue we encounter is the lack of sufficient space for the wisdom teeth to emerge, leading to the recommendation of extraction for impacted wisdom teeth.

How long will my implants last?

Your new teeth's lifespan depends on the quality of care you provide after the implant area has fully healed (typically 3-6 months) and the crowns have been properly fitted. Proper care, such as you would give to natural teeth, will ensure the longevity of your implants and they can last a lifetime.

How can you get in touch with us?

If you're located in the Illawarra and seeking any dental treatments, we welcome you to contact us for a consultation. We'd be happy to discuss your options with you.