- New Dental Implant Features
- 3D Cone Beam CT Scans
- New Dental Implant Procedures
3.1. Same Day Dental Implants
3.2. All-on-4® Dental Implants
Dental implants are not a new technology. Thousands of years ago, ancient civilizations made use of all sorts of materials to replace teeth that had gone missing, from ivory, bone and seashells to iron, gold and precious gems. While these replacements were a far cry from the technology we have today, they indicate just how important our smile and our presentation have always been to our species.
Modern dental implants became popular in the 1980’s and in the subsequent decades, the field of implantology underwent continuous development and progression. Newer dental implant products and surgical guides are continuously being innovated, improved upon and updated. Today, when it comes to replacing a full set of teeth with dental implants, as with the revolutionary All-on-4® dental implant technique, much of the advancement in the field is born out of research from our educational and research affiliates at the MALO CLINIC Lisbon, where the procedure was innovated.
Let’s take a look at some of the incredible advances in dental implant technology that are now entirely accessible at our state-of-the-art facility.
1. New Dental Implant Features
It is the goal of our team of highly educated and accomplished dental implant professionals at MALO SMILES to provide beautiful, functional and comfortable teeth replacement solutions to one and all who walk through our doors. In order to achieve our goals, we have recognized the importance of working only with dental implant companies that manufacture products of the highest quality and with proven track record of long term clinical success.
Some of the important features of this dental implant technology include:
- Dental Implant Form: Advanced designs in the shape of the titanium implant not only makes it easier for the implant to be inserted, it also allows for a better initial ‘stability’ and so often we can now attach artificial replacement teeth to the implants much sooner than in years past. In many cases, modern dental implant products can be “immediately loaded” that very same day, which means that candidates can often now get new teeth in a day™.
- Special Coating Technologies: Modern dental implants are typically roughened and coated with special compounds that help to encourage osseointegration (bone bonding process). Faster osseointegration speeds up “healing” and enables the implant to become more firmly anchored in the jaw, typically for several decades if properly cared for.
- Advanced Surgical Protocols: The latest designs in dental implant technology combined with newer, more sophisticated surgical guides, such as is available for the All-on-4® enable our team of skilled surgeons and specialists to provide patients who previously could not be considered candidates for dental implants with a brand new set of non-removable teeth. Even patients who present with advanced bone loss as a result of periodontal (gum) disease can, nowadays, be considered for dental implant treatment thanks to these advanced techniques. As a result, protocols followed to place the dental implants are now typically less invasive in nature.
2. 3D Cone Beam CT Scans
Two fundamental components of fixed oral rehabilitation are diagnosis of the problems associated with tooth loss and the intricate planning for the best possible course of treatment. Both of these steps are, in part, facilitated by 3D Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) and the supporting computer imaging software we use here at MALO SMILES. With a 3 dimensional view of a patient’s mouth, jawbone and dentition, our team is able to:
- Accurately diagnose the problems associated with tooth loss, such as bone atrophy, and any disease process that may be present currently.
- Plan a unique course of treatment for the patient: one that will address their underlying problems, while providing them with a functional and aesthetic tooth replacement solution.
- Plan the positioning of implants prior to surgery, taking into account the location of nerves, sinuses and other vital structures near the oral cavity so as to minimize risks and complications.
- Perform dental implant surgery using minimal incisions and sutures, thereby significantly reducing post-operative discomfort and recovery time.
- In most cases, utilization of 3D CAT scan technology and imaging can help the surgeon plan to perform the entire procedure from start to finish in a single surgery. This reduces the expense for the patient.
Although 3D CBCT scan technology has been used by medical institutes for many years, it has only been fairly recently that the field of dental science has coined on to its incredible value as a diagnostic and treatment planning tool. Few dental offices around the country actually offer 3D CBCT scans because the equipment is so expensive. However, MALO SMILES has invested in our own 3D CAT scanner, which not only gives us immediate access to vital information about treating patients’ cases, it also saves patients the expense and inconvenience of going elsewhere for a CT Scan.
3. New Dental Implant Procedures
3.1. Same Day Dental Implants
Traditionally, patients receiving dental implants would go through a ‘two-phase’ process that involved the surgical placement of the implants followed, typically between three and 12 months later, by the affixing of the overlying tooth replacement device to the implant. The problem with this method is that patients would be required to wait several months or even longer if they first required bone grafting in order to receive implants and new teeth. For that duration of time, patients would likely feel uncomfortable about smiling openly given that they had gaps in their teeth or they would need to wear a temporary removable prosthesis.
Thankfully, teams of researchers have dedicated themselves to designing new dental implant technology that, in many cases, is capable of supporting immediate pressure (bite force) without compromising the actual healing process of the implant to the surrounding jawbone. Here at MALO SMILES, we often make use of the protocols used for “same day” dental implants or “immediate function” dental implants, which enables us to provide patients with new teeth and new smiles on the very same day as their dental implant surgery. Your implant team at MALO SMILES will advise you if this is possible for your unique situation.
By fitting a temporary crown or bridge at the first appointment, we enable our patients to return home with a beautiful smile and functional bite, which allows them to enjoy the associated benefits until their jawbones have healed and are ready to support the final crown or bridge that will be fabricated. This newer method has, not surprisingly, been shown to be more favorable to patients, who benefit from immediately functioning teeth!
3.2. All-on-4® Dental Implants
Last, but certainly not least, one of the latest innovations in the field of fixed oral rehabilitations is the All-on-4® dental implant technique. This procedure is considered a “breakthrough” in the field of fixed oral rehabilitation because of its ability to achieve incredible results in an unprecedented treatment time and at a cost that is tens of thousands of dollars less than for traditional protocols. The All-on-4® enables our team of experienced dental implant surgeons and prosthodontists to provide patients with a brand new set of fixed (non-removable) teeth in as little as a single day, with a single surgery. These patients have either already lost all or most of their natural teeth to decay and/or general wear-and-tear or have a failing dentition as a result of gum disease.
Key Features of All-on-4® Dental Implants
- Patients can receive a complete set of natural looking, immediately functional teeth in as little as a single day with a procedure that only takes a few hours!
- The dental prosthesis used in the All-on-4® is secured tightly in the mouth to the dental implants and so is therefore “non-removable”. Because of this, patients don’t typically experience any of the challenges associated with loose and uncomfortable removable dentures or partial dentures.
- Use of the All-on-4® technique typically helps avoid the need for painful, costly and lengthy bone grafting surgery, which also saves patients many months of recovery.
- Most patients, even those with advanced jawbone loss and periodontal (gum) disease are candidates for the All-on-4®.
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