As a dentist who stays on the cutting edge of the field’s latest techniques, technology and materials, I am pleased to have witnessed the impressive developments made over the years. One of the most remarkable areas, to me, has been in that of implant dentistry.
Modern implant dentistry is successful, safe, dependable and often immediate. And, seeing the transformations our patients undergo after treatment once their ability to bite, chew, speak and laugh is restored has been a highlight of my career.
One of the ways that implant dentistry has been so successful is in the unique design of various systems. Dental Implant designs have been fine-tuned for decades so different systems can accommodate various challenges and preferences. There are now implants systems designed for nearly every situation. These include:
Implants Supporting Non-Removable Teeth – For some, removable teeth, although firmly secured to the implants, are too similar to the denture they had (and detested). However, some of the more
affordable systems have been those that support removable teeth. Now, advanced systems such as All-On-4 are able to support non-removable teeth using just 4 or 6 implants. By positioning the implants at unique angles, these systems distribute the biting and chewing forces evenly among several implants. Another advantage of these systems is their ability to be placed in minimal bone. This is a tremendous advantage for long-time denture wearers who have experienced severe bone loss. Some of these denture wearers were previously told they had insufficient bone structure to support Implants and needed bone grafts prior to implant placement. This new system is able to overcome this obstacle.
Fast-Track Dental Implants – With advanced implant systems and computerized technology, implant placement and teeth attachment can now be done quickly in a number of situations. New designs are able to pre-select ideal placement positions for the implanted portions. For some, this means that immediate attachment of teeth can occur. While this option isn’t appropriate for everyone, it works well for certain implant patients. This is why it is important to have an experienced, skilled and highly-trained doctor coordinate your treatment. When your individual needs are carefully assessed, this increases your potential to enjoy a successful outcome versus a ‘clinic’ setting driven by corporate profit goals.
Traditional Dental Implants – The tried-&-true process for most dental implant treatments still today involves several steps. Placement of the implants is performed first. Then, the bone is allowed to grow around the implants for several months. This process is known as ‘osseo-integration’ and can be likened to tying a rope around a tree branch. Over time, the branch grows around the rope. Osseo-integration occurs in a similar fashion but at a much faster pace. After several months, the implant sites are uncovered and a post is positioned inside. Replacement teeth are then secured to the posts. In most situations, patients can wear their denture or partial comfortably within a day after the implant segments are placed. However, the final teeth are not attached until the implants are fully secured.
Dental Implants are the closest thing to the natural teeth you once had. They are also designed to last a lifetime, making them an excellent investment. The type of implant system best suited to your needs will be discussed after an examination and review of Panorex (jaw-to-jaw) imaging.
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