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.
It is the goal of our team of highly educated and accomplished dental implant professionals at MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation 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:
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 Advanced Oral Rehabilitation. With a 3 dimensional view of a patient’s mouth, jawbone and dentition, our team is able to:
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 Advanced Oral Rehabilitation, 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 Advanced Oral Rehabilitation 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!
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.
Contact MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation at 877-625-6872 (877MALOUSA) or via the Contact Form on our website to schedule a Free Consultation with one of our qualified and experienced dental implant dentists! Find out how our specialists can work along with your existing dentist to give you back the smile you deserve!