Dental Implants

As a Maxillofacial and Cosmetic surgeon with over 20 years of experience, I am uniquely qualified to achieve complex surgical results while enhancing my patients’ physical appearance.

My prosthetics team and I deliver outstanding patient satisfaction through leading edge, cost effective dental implant solutions.

We also offer zygomatic implants, for highly resorbed top jaws.

Frequently Asked Questions

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Dental implants provide secure anchors for the placement of an artificial tooth or set of artificial teeth. Dental implants:

– Look, feel and function like natural teeth
– Prevent bone deterioration that might occur as a result of missing teeth
– Preserve facial structure
– Let you smile with confidence

Made from the strongest titanium, dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing.

Over the next several months, the implants will gradually bond with the bone, creating a strong and stable foundation for your new teeth.

Small posts are then attached to the implants, and artificial teeth are placed over the posts.

The new teeth are completely natural looking, and will allow you to eat virtually any type of food.

While traditional dentures and bridgework can help to improve the appearance of missing teeth, many people find them inconvenient, uncomfortable and less natural looking.

For many people, dental implants offer clear advantages over traditional dentures or bridgework. In addition to being a more aesthetic choice, dental implants also feel and function more like your natural teeth.

What’s more, with dental implants, there’s no need to sacrifice healthy adjacent teeth to provide support for bridgework.


​- Look less natural, may be uncomfortable
– May shift and click during eating and talking
– Often uncomfortable
– Adjoining teeth may be damaged from supporting bridgework
– Chewy foods may cause dentures to become loose
– Denture pastes and powders required
– Dentures must be removed at night


– Look and feel like natural teeth
– Fit securely
– Healthy adjoining teeth are preserved
– Allow you to eat virtually any food
– Convenient – no special care needed
– Can help prevent bone deterioration and gum erosion
– Can help preserve facial structure

The specific type of dental implant surgery that will be best for you will depend on many factors, including the number and location of missing teeth, whether any tooth extraction is required, the condition of your jawbone, and your overall health.

Dr McHugh will carefully assess your individual situation and recommend a personalised treatment plan that’s right for you.  Dr McHugh will be able to help with any tooth extraction or bone grafting required, as well as placement of the implants and posts. Your dentist will work with you to make and then fit your replacement teeth.

Traditional dental implant surgery usually involves two surgical procedures placed several months apart. During the first phase, the implants are placed within the jawbone.

Typically, patients will then wait 3 to 6 months in order to allow the implants to bond securely with the jawbone. Most patients can wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this interim.

During the second procedure, Dr McHugh will uncover the implants, then attach small posts that will serve as healing abutments until final replacement teeth are made by your dentist.

In most cases, Dr McHugh can perform dental implant surgery in our Penrith clinic’s operating theatre under local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation, or at Nepean Private Hospital under general anaesthetic.

Dr McHugh will discuss your specific surgery thoroughly with you before your procedure.

The number of dental implants needed will depend on the location and number of missing teeth, as well as the type of prosthesis (replacement teeth) chosen. While Dr McHugh will discuss your individual circumstances with you, the chart below can give you some general guidelines.

how many dental implants do i need

The best candidates for dental implants will be in good overall health and have a sufficient amount of healthy jawbone to serve as a foundation for dental implants.

However, even if you don’t have the optimal jawbone, Dr McHugh may still be able to use advanced techniques such as bone grafting or a sinus lift in order to allow successful placement of dental implants.

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About Dr McHugh

Dr John McHugh is Australia's only surgeon qualified in both Maxillofacial and Cosmetic surgery.

His dual specialisations enable him to deliver excellence in surgical results, with an eye for aesthetic beauty.

With over 20 years of experience as a surgeon in the private sector and performing international aid work as a Surgeon Commander with the Royal Australian Navy, you can have confidence that Dr McHugh is uniquely qualified and trusted to deliver the results you seek.