Dental implantology is an important component of modern dentistry.
Increasing experience and research have demonstrated the predictability of dental implants, and more dentists are becoming involved in their use. While traditional fixed or removable prostheses can offer viable treatment solutions in many cases, often implants are the treatment of choice.
Approximately forty million Americans are edentulous. Half of those people have difficulty functioning with dentures. With increased longevity and consumer awareness, more patients will seek viable solutions to denture discomfort through implants.
Recent strides in implant dentistry have positive treatment alternatives in prosthodontic reconstruction.
The team approach to dental implants is an effort by a group of dental professionals, each with specific expertise and all committed to a common goal.
The team works in a concerted, timely and cooperative way.The osseointegrated implant procedure is performed in the office using local anesthesia or intravenous sedation, depending on the patient’s preference. The implant site is carefully and precisely prepared to minimize alveolar bone trauma.
At times, it is necessary to augment the alveolar ridge during the implant procedure. We always have bone graft material available, should the need arise.
The benefits of dental implants include:
Improvement of function and esthetics due to improved retention of the prosthesis, which enhances the patient’s self-esteem and self-confidence
Preservation of the remaining supporting bone structure
Elimination of direct force on the gingiva which reduces potential for tissue ulceration and uncomfortable pressure
For patients with full dentures, the most common options include:The use of 2 or 3 implants with attachments that snap into the underside of the denture. The use of 4 or 5 implants that support a bar which attaches to the underside of the denture. This provides greater retention and stability of the denture.
In addition to supporting dentures, implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or as abutments for bridges.
We offer free implant consultations to your patients. Help make your denture patients happier today. Call to discuss the various options available to you and your patients.