Contact Us Today!Dental implants enjoy remarkable success. They are used to replace individual missing teeth, or they can support bridgework or dentures. Once placed, they help to preserve bone and allow the patient to exert greater biting forces. What’s more, they don’t get cavities. What could be better than that for a patient with a sweet tooth.
We work with a large number of brands of dental implants and consider ourselves a “go to” office for all implant situations, including replacement restorations on old implants. While we do not place implants ourselves, we like to be involved in the treatment planning process with one of the fine specialists in our area (we also work with with implant surgeons from out of the area).
There are some major advantages to working with a general dentist and a separate implant surgeon:
- Collaborating dentists like to do their very best work for the other dentist to see.
- The restorative dentist can determine restorative treatment plans with the patient first. This can affect the position of implant placement.
- The surgical specialist can provide general anesthesia or intravenous sedation when necessary to complete treatment quickly, painlessly and with minimal trauma. These specialists have more success under their belts than general dentists.
- The specialist can offer more (appropriate) implant choices because of the increased volume of implants placed. They are not limited to using just one implant system.
- Specialists stick with the most proven systems (their reputation is at stake)
When an implant is placed, it is allowed to heal before the restoration is placed. This is a process called osseointegration, where bone grows around the implant, locking it into place. For an individual tooth replacement, an abutment is screwed into the implant once osseointegration has occurred. The abutment serves the same purpose as a tooth that has been prepared for a crown. It is what the crown holds on to. The position of the implant and abutment is transferred to a model with a transfer impression. The dental laboratory can then build a crown for the implant tooth.
Implants are commonly used for all of these purposes:
- Individual tooth replacement
- Bridge replacement (two or more implants placed)
- For snaps to hold dentures in place (multiple implants placed)
- To retain a framework that will hold a full arch fixed bridge in place
- As retention to help move other teeth during orthodontics
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Before & After
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Because there are over 100 brands of implants, it is important for you to maintain access to information about any implants you have had placed should repairs be necessary to restorations held in place by implants. We have been successful at replacing many restorations for all implant systems that have come through our office.
Some of the manufacture names are Nobel Biocare, Straumann, AstraTech, 3I, ITI, Biomet, Lifecore, Sybron, Steri-oss, IMZ, and Blue Sky Bio. There are many more that we can restore.
We must mention mini-implants because we see quite a few coming through our office when patients are wanting a situation corrected. Mini-implants are smaller than standard implants. They are quick to place, but that size means that they are not surrounded by as much bone, therefore the osseointegration may not be as good and failure is more likely. Most patients who have mini-implants chose this solution because of cost.
The biggest downside of mini-implants is that most do not have replaceable abutments (a newer version has a small replaceable abutment). Most of these implants just have a small ball on top. This is use to hold an denture in place with an “O-ring”. This means the mini-implants can only be used to hold in a denture. If a patient wishes to convert to a fixed bridge (held in place with screws) later, it is not possible. The implants must be removed and standard implants placed.
A second downside of mini-implants occurs when one or more implants are lost. It leaves the patient and the dentist in a “what do we do now” situation. The usual result is that the patient either pays considerably more money to have standard implants placed, or the patient becomes resigned to a less comfortable oral situation.
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