Case Studies

from Contemporary Smiles in Corrimal

Full Mouth Rehabilitation with Implant Supported Bridges and Veneers

Initial Situation

This patient presented quite distressed, unhappy with her smile and had also lost the ability to chew food. Her upper left canine and first molar were recently extracted after the failure of a bridge that they were holding.

Her lower right first molar and first premolar required extraction also due to recurrent infection and failure of the structural integrity of the overlying bridge. Both bridges were in some part lost due to the para-functional bite forces that were applied to the teeth by habitual grinding (bruxism) that was left un-diagnosed and treated.

The lower right first molar was also missing. Wear, cracking and dis-colouration of her front teeth was also present due to chronic bruxism.

Restore bite functionality
Improve aesthetics.


The Treatment Plan

After thorough radiographic, cone beam Ct examination, a detailed occlusal analysis and extensive photographic recording, Dr Barry Phelan presented a number of treatment options which were itemised. The patient accepted the following treatment plan:

Placement of 2 implants with bone graft in the upper left to support a 3 unit bridge. Placement of 2 implants on the lower right and one on the lower left to support a 3 unit bridge and crown respectively. Placement of 4 emax veneers on the incisors to improve colour and strengthen teeth. Provision of a occlusal mouthguard to protect teeth at night and detailed discussion of ways to prevent grinding during the day.

This patient wanted to leave the existing bridge on the top right. Replacement would have resulted in a better aesthetic outcome but this was not deemed important enough to warrant further implant therapy.

The Outcome

The patient was happy with the outcome. She did not wish to wear a partial denture and with this in mind extensive implant therapy was carried out by Dr Barry Phelan, who took the case right through from start to finish on location at the practice in Corrimal. The need to control the bite force and the requirement of excellent oral hygiene around the implants was stressed to the patient. Patient compliance is excellent and therefore we are confident that these restorations have the ability to be lifelong.



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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.