Implants Best, Advises Dentist
DENTURES, especially lower dentures, are notoriously uncomfortable, so much so that they shouldn’t even be available in the health public sector, says dentist Nassier Al Obedy.
Implant supported Dentures are the far better option, offering better function and a vastly improved quality of life, says Dr Al Obedy.
In short, they can be a life-changing experience for patients frustrated with unstable lower dentures, a dental fix that dates back to the 18th century and is now completely outdated.
“Dental implants have evolved in the last 30 years, from their original use of replacing the lower complete denture, to also replace single and multiple teeth, including teeth in the upper jaw,’’ Dr Al Obedy says.
Dr Al Obedy developed his interest in dental implants while working in a New Zealand naval hospital. He explains he has completed courses in Australia and overseas, including a two-year post-graduate diploma in dental implants with the University of Sydney.
He says tutoring by implant pioneers such as Professor Iven Klineberg and Professor Richard Chan has provided him valuable insight into various clinical issues.
Together with Mr Kurt Boyd and a team of qualified nurses and local Geelong dental laboratories, the Family Dental Care team offers special implant-supported full dentures focussing on restoring the patient’s natural appearance and facial height. Choice of colour and form also helps harmonise with the face.
Dr Al Obedy says Geelong is lucky to host many qualified general and specialist dentists who can improve the quality of live for patients by using the implant option.
“Visiting any of these practitioners can significantly improve your quality of life,’’ he says.
But he wishes government would do more to help the broader population.
“The role of government and private health funds should change to be in line with the rest of developed world,’’ he says,” until then Australians have to invest in their own oral health.”
This article was originally published in the Independent.