A brief guide to the tools used to fit dental implants by High Dental Implants Melbourne

While many people are familiar with the basic set of tools that a dentist will use during a check-up, if you are having a different procedure performed, it can be a bit intimidating when a new array of tools are added!dental-implants-melbourne

And, as is the way with many cosmetic procedures, a whole new set of tools come into play that you may think to look like something out of a science fiction movie! While some may look a bit familiar, such as the brushes used in dental whitening, if you are having oral implants fitted, it is unlikely you will recognise many of the bits and pieces that are placed in your mouth, and this can be a little unnerving.

As knowledge is everything, to alleviate your nerves, our team has provided a jargon-free list of some of the most commonly used tools during an oral implant fitting.

Because at High Dental Implants, we want you to feel comfortable with every part of the procedure that surrounds dental implants Melbourne. From the initial scans to the final prosthetic being screwed into place, we aim to make the journey as pleasant as possible for you. And one of the best ways to assuage your worries is to introduce you to the tools we will use.

What are they, what do they look like and what role do they play when it comes to fitting dental implants Melbourne?

Implant drilling machine

First on the list of odd-looking bits of machinery is the implant drilling machine.

Somewhat resembling a traditional dental drill, this drill is attached to a rather large screen, which shows our team how far down they are drilling and the width of the drill they are currently using.

It’s role when it comes to the fitting of dental implants Melbourne is to ensure that the drilling goes smoothly, and to allow our team to match the drilled hole to the depth and width of the tooth implant we will use.

Interchangeable drill heads

If you have ever had a filling, crown or a root canal, you have probably seen your dentist using different drill heads.

However, during an implant fitting, our team will use more interchangeable heads to ensure that the drilled holes are the correct width and depth.


Not technically a tool, but a vital part of the implant fitting process, an abutment is the part of the implant that is used to connect the screw-like part in the jaw to the porcelain crown (prosthetic) at the top.

Depending on the size, angle and shape of the crown, the abutment may look like a cylindrical metal rod or may have a more jagged appearance at the top, resembling a silver crown.

Ratchet wrench

Like other wrenches, the ratchet wrench is used to tighten the abutment, so it fits securely over the implant.

Once the implant site has healed, our team may use either a ratchet or an open-end wrench to secure the crown to the abutment, especially if it is a single tooth.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.