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Dental Implants Explained

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Dr. Jeffrey Field, HBSC, DDS, Fellow ADSA and Diplomat NDBA

In this month’s Teeth Talk article, Senior Dentist Dr. Jeffrey Field explains all you need to know about dental implants, demystifying the terminology and various modern treatment options available to help you restore your smile.

Dental implants are titanium screws that replace missing teeth, or can be used to help anchor dentures more securely.

There are many options for missing teeth including dentures, porcelain bridges and implants.

Dentures are pieces of plastic or plastic and metal composites that look like teeth but that is where the approximation ends. They will never be as functional as your natural teeth, because, unlike your natural teeth dentures are not anchored to the bone.

Partial dentures have clasps on existing teeth to help hold the denture in place, but the dentures still can and do move with eating or speaking.

Full dentures are used when patients have no teeth. They rely suction between the denture and the empty gums to hold them in place. So as you can imagine, full dentures are not very secure during eating and talking.

A bridge is used to replace missing teeth where there are still teeth present on either side of the empty space. In this case the teeth on either side of the space are prepared for crowns, which means they are cut down in all dimensions. The crowns on the end teeth are attached to fake porcelain teeth in the middle, thus replacing the missing teeth. The problem is that crowns are meant to rebuild very damaged teeth. Often to provide a bridge we must cut down perfectly or relatively healthy teeth, thus permanently damaging them. Once a bridge is placed, over time you get recession of the gums or decay/cavities on the margins of the crowns, necessitating replacement of the bridge. As such the teeth your bridge are attached to get longer and less aesthetic over time. The gum recession and or cavities continue until you lose the  teeth that the bridge is attached to. So now you have lost 3 teeth minimum (the two end teeth plus the original missing tooth).

An implant is a free standing (does not rely on other teeth for support) and so if it fails you still have only lost one tooth unlike a failed bridge where you lose several teeth. Implants are titanium screws that are placed in the bone. Implants can be used to support crowns for single to multiple teeth or as bridge supports for longer spans of missing teeth. For patients missing all teeth in the upper, lower or both arches, implants can be used to help secure full dentures and make them more stable (move less).

If you would like to explore how dental implants could help your particular dental situation, please book a no obligation consult with Dr. Field or Dr. Antonoff to discuss your options.

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What Makes a Beautiful Smile: the Lips and Gums

Dr Warren Antonoff

Dr. Warren Antonoff

In today’s third article about modern Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Warren Antonoff explores how the lips and gums influence the perceptions of what makes a beautiful smile.

Lips and gums play a fundamental role in shaping a beautiful smile. If you have straight teeth but you can’t see them, what’s the point? On the other hand, too much gum might bring undesirable attention!

Let’s look at the upper lips first. Ideally, when a patient smiles the upper lips masks the upper border of the teeth. If the patient shows too much gum, there could be a few possible causes:

  • Increased upper lip movement
  • Enlarged upper jaw
  • Teeth are not fully erupted

In most instances it’s a combination of factors involved. Depending on the cause(s), treatment such as soft tissue laser surgery, gum lift, Invisalign, upper jaw surgery, or even Botox, are treatments available to correct those issues.

The gums and lips "package" the teeth and gives your smile its personality!
The gums and lips “package” the teeth to create the smile that’s distinctly you!

On the other hand, The lower lip should ideally cradle the edges of the teeth in an arc to compliment the upper lip. Showing some lower teeth is also considered aesthetically acceptable. Typically, the lower lip doesn’t move as much compared to the top lip, rather it’s been stretched by the surrounding musculature in order to show more teeth. The importance of the lower lips is taken into consideration when the patient elects to correct her smile through procedures such as porcelain veneers. It is then up to the dentist to design the top teeth so that the edges are finished nicely.

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Celebrities, such as Jennifer Garner, have transformed their smiles through modern Cosmetic Dentistry treatments.

Here’s a recent example of our patient, “Ms Genevive”, who decided to undergo gum surgery to attain her ideal smile…

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Before (top left), during gum surgery (bottom left), and After (right)  shows how this treatment can help to improve the visual proportions of the teeth and gums to offer a more aesthetically pleasing result.


Here’s a photo of the gums about a week after surgery. You can see it’s healing quickly.

Genevive will be completing her treatment with Invisalign teeth straightening to get the perfect look. For more information, you might be interested in reading our previous article titled De-mystifying Teeth Straightening Treatments.

On the other hand, The lower lip should ideally cradle the edges of the teeth in an arc to compliment the upper lip. Showing some lower teeth is also considered aesthetically acceptable.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions at all.

Until next time, happy smiling!

Dr. Warren Antonoff and all the staff at Lifestyle Smiles

At Lifestyle Smiles, we see a spectrum of patients at the clinic – some prefer an “understated, natural” look while others want a bright “Hollywood Smile”. Either way, as dental professionals it is our role to help you feel great about yourself, and over the decades we’ve been fortunate to help our patients achieve the look they desire using proven, safe and effective treatments.

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Cosmetic Dentistry and what that means for you

Dr Warren Antonoff

Dr. Warren Antonoff

While Dentistry may be taught as science, ever increasingly we are fusing Artistic practices with Scientific methods. This is the first part in a series of blog posts on the topic of Cosmetic Dentistry, where we will explore what makes a beautiful smile and what elements are key to an aesthetically pleasing result.

Increasingly, patients seek dental treatment with the primary concern of enhancing the look of their smile. Gone are the days where patients are satisfied walking out the Clinic door with silver fillings.

Since 1977, after the introduction of fluoridation to Melbourne’s water supply, we’ve witnessed a significant improvement in general oral health – in particular, fewer cases of tooth decay, especially amongst children. As a result, the role of the of dental professional has shifted from being primarily focused on curing disease and infection, to minimal intervention and promoting preventative dental treatments.

Cosmetic Dentistry, sometimes referred to as Aesthetic Dentistry, has grown to become one of the largest treatment areas in recent times. It is also an evolving trend, with innovative treatments constantly being developed, coupled with the changing tastes and demands of the patient. Many patients are now able to enjoy a relatively high standard of dental health, allowing them to focus on achieving and maintaining a beautiful smile.

Confident and photogenic smiles define this famous Hollywood power couple

Confident and photogenic smiles define this famous Hollywood power couple

The terms “Aesthetic” and “Cosmetic” may seem synonymous, however, by they differ in their literal roots: “Cosmetic” means to do something superficial to enhance the appearance of something, or to cover up a defect in order to make the object more beautiful. Beauty, as cliche as it sounds, is in the eyes of the beholder. How many times have we walked down the street and cringed when we see someone with perhaps a little too much make-up, or a wardrobe malfunction, or a set of pearly whites that almost blinded our eyes?

The definition of “Aesthetics”, on the other hand, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “responsive to or appreciative of what is pleasurable to the senses” or “pleasing appearance”. In other words, Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dentistry are intertwined, with Aesthetics encompassing natural beauty beyond just the superficial overtones.

Many patients are now able to enjoy a relatively high standard of dental health, allowing them to focus on achieving and maintaining a beautiful smile.
This stately couple offer a charming and noble smile for the millions of people following the royal wedding

This stately couple offer a charming and noble smile for the millions of people following the royal wedding

I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2005. As a dental student practicing at a public dental hospital where all the patients were government funded, Aesthetic Dentistry was almost non-existent. We were more focused, and rightly so, on getting the right diagnosis, creating treatment plans, and performing a level of dentistry that is adequate for the general public. Why did we do that? We were more worried about passing exams than doing anything else! We weren’t trained to be artists; instead, we were taught to be basic crafts-people!

Over the past decade, I’ve been fortunate enough to have trained with some of the best dental professionals in our field, both here in Melbourne and abroad. This has allowed me to fine-tune my craft and keep abreast of the latest developments in our industry. While Dentistry may be taught as science, ever increasingly we are fusing Artistic practices with Scientific methods. To the patient, our clients, this means that you have a wide range of dental treatments that are affordable, relatively long lasting, and above all, safe.

To the patient, our clients, this means that you have a wide range of dental treatments that are affordable, relatively long lasting, and above all, safe.
One of our clients, international model Tara Hanaphy radiates her beautiful qualities beginning with a striking and positive smile

One of our clients, international model Tara Hanaphy radiates her beautiful qualities beginning with a striking and positive smile

Before I was a dentist I knew who looked good, but didn’t know why they looked good. Having developed a deep understanding of the why, I’d like to share this with you. In this series of blog posts on the topic of Cosmetic Dentistry, we will explore what makes a beautiful smile and what elements are key to an aesthetically pleasing result. Please feel free to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to keep up to date with the latest dental news, and don’t hesitate to send me your feedback / comments / encouragement as we go forward, together.

Happy smiling!

Dr. Warren Antonoff and all the staff at Lifestyle Smiles

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Thinking About a Smile Makeover?

Dr Warren Antonoff

Dr. Warren Antonoff

In this month’s Teeth Talk issue, Principal Dentist Dr. Warren Antonoff, shares with us his experience with helping thousands of patients achieve their ideal smile.

It is quite natural for one to covet those megawatt smiles celebrities flash – they have some of the most photogenic and snap-worthy pearly whites. After all, it is part of their job to appear attractive to their audiences.

However, many of these popular personalities are not born with a fantastic set of teeth. Tom Cruise and David Beckham are some examples of celebrities who needed a smile makeover to match their fame and reputation.

The fact that many of today’s stars didn’t start with a perfect set should give you the assurance that you too can have the same mega-watt smile as your favourite public personality. By simply improving your teeth, you do your appearance (and your confidence) a big favour.

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There are many ways of turning your smile around. We offer a wide selection of treatments at Lifestyle Smiles:

  • Veneers This involves bonding your teeth with a very thin layer of dental porcelain or composite veneer in order to hide chipped and stubbornly discoloured surfaces or eliminating gaps. This can also be used to correct or reshape teeth. This is a popular option for celebrities as it can give their incisors that instant white, shiny dental glory and even align their teeth.
  • Crowns If your set has a large cavity or is pretty eroded, give it a royal treatment by having caps bonded on the topmost portion of your dental enamel. This option can also mask the appearance of stained teeth. The crowns act like socks or jackets covering a specific body part in order to protect or conceal some unflattering or vital aspect of it.
  • Teeth Straightening and Alignment Crooked, protruding, crowded teeth are unflattering – even when bleached a brilliant white. As such, having uneven tooth length filed away or filled and gaps and misaligned incisors corrected with braces help bring your pearly whites to the right position and keep your audience from getting distracted by your dental situation.
  • Teeth Whitening You can have this done via laser, which is quick, or via whitening gels, which may take about 2-3 weeks to show results. The former involves laser beams activating the whitening substance placed onto your tooth enamel. The latter involves a kit that you can use at home or by a dental professional in a clinic setting.

Have you settled on which procedure(s) you want to undergo with your smile makeover? Or perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed with the many choices and considerations? Our qualified dentists would be delighted to help you here. Simply Book an Appointment today to receive a personalised and comprehensive Smile Assessment Consultation (normally valued at $299).

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