Advances in Implant Dentistry
While dental implants have been around for decades, recent advances in technology and treatment protocols have made treatment more convenient, more effective, and more affordable; making implants a treatment of choice for missing teeth.
Our office counts on a Prosthodontist, an Oral Surgeon, and a Master Laboratory Technician, All of them with up to date knowledge on implant procedures and the latest technology in each specialty field.
Over the past decade, dental implant manufacturers have made major advances in the design and effectiveness of dental implants. New and advanced coating technologies help implants better integrate with the surrounding bone for greater stability and long-term endurance. New shape and thread designs help implants to be more easily inserted, and become more stable upon placement. The implants we use on our patients have the most technologically advanced surface that allows them to heal in 6 weeks, unlike the other brands that take 4 to 6 months to heal in equal circumstances.
Cone Beam CT Scan technology
Two dimensional x-rays have been the standard imaging used by dental professionals for diagnosis and treatment planning of dental patients. For most of our patients this type of diagnostic imaging is enough to treatment plan and place the dental implants in the right location. Two dimensional digital x-rays provide great information and use a low dose of radiation. However, for those patients that present more challenging anatomic situations, we also count on a Cone Beam CT scan (3D imaging).
Cone Beam CT Scanning technology provide Prosthodontists and Oral Surgeons an entirely new level of information that is extremely valuable in treatment planning complex dental cases, particularly those involving implants. The Cone Beam CT Scan provides detailed three dimensional data such as the density of bone that can be used to computer-model implant treatment before it is performed.
Cone Beam CT Scans are not always found in conventional dental offices. However, we count on one for our patients.
New treatment protocols
Traditionally, dental implants have been placed using what is called a “two-stage” treatment approach. In this approach, implants are typically placed by an Oral Surgeon, and then covered and left for up to six months to allow the bone to grow around the implant for stability (stage one). The process may even take longer if bone grafting is required prior to implant placement. Once the implant is stable, the surgeon uncovers the implant, places a healing abutment on top of the implant, and sends the patient off to a restorative dentist to begin the process of manufacturing and placing the new teeth (stage two). This could take another several months to complete, given that fittings and lab work are required.
Today, advanced implant systems and the use of Cone Beam CT scans allow experienced dental professionals to insert the implants, and immediately place the new teeth on the implants. Research has shown that when properly applied, this one-stage approach results in as good or better implant success rates as the traditional two-stage approach.
The benefits of Immediate Loading are:
- Shortened treatment time (it is possible to go from tooth loss to having functional and aesthetic teeth in one treatment session)
- Better clinical efficiency
- Greater patient comfort
- Patients always leave with teeth!
Why we use Straumann Dental Implants
We exclusively use Straumman implants on all our patients. Straumann is a world renowned implant system due to its advanced technology and long term research to back up all its advances. Straumann has published more than 3,000 scientific studies to support their system.