Category Archives: Dental Implants

Implantable devices as orthodontic anchorage Part 3

Palatal Implants

One of the limitations of using implants for orthodontic anchorage is having adequate bone. Conventional root-form implants require adequate thickness of bone for placement, thus limiting their use to edentulous areas. Several authors have reported the midsagittal area of the hard palate as a suitable site for a short implant. Continue reading

Implantable divices as orthondontic anchorage Part 2

The high level of stability gained from the types of implants placed in retromolar or midpalatal regions is derived largely from the fact that the implants are osseointegrated. Initial concerns about disruption of osseointegration by orthodontic loading were proven to be unfounded by several studies. Continue reading

Implantable devices as orthodontic anchorage Part 1

Over the past 20 years dentistry has seen a dramatic increase in the use of dental implants. What was once an “experimental” or unproven treatment modality is now supported by an extensive research base. The vast majority of dental implant research is centered around the use of endosseous implants for replacement of missing teeth. Recently, the application of implants for use in other specialties has been explored. Previously, the use of dental implants within the specialty of orthodontics was limited to integration of implants into treatment plans strictly to facilitate tooth replacement. The orthodontic treatment that has traditionally been involved in treatment plans including dental implants has been limited to creating space or aligning roots for subsequent placement of implants. The use of dental implants as a direct adjunct to orthodontic treatment has been more limited until recently, but the potential exists for implants to play an important role in enhancing successful treatment outcomes. Continue reading

Tooth implant infection

One of the prime causes of dental implant failure is infection. However, in the United States at least, this is very uncommon. Dental implant manufacturers make great efforts to sterilize and package their dental implants so that there is no bacterial contamination. The mouth contains many potentially harmful bacteria that lurk in the gums tissues and any of these bacteria can possibly invade the area around an implant. Continue reading

Same day dental implants

This innovative technique is revolutionizing the way people around the world receive dental implants. Dental implants are definitely the best option to help those with missing teeth. However, traditional implants are expensive and a very time consuming process often taking from 6 to 18 months to complete with multiple surgeries. With same day implants you will not have to wait 2 to 6 months until you have teeth. On the day of your implant surgery you will leave the office with a temporary crown attached to your implant. One month later the permanent crown can be attached. Continue reading

Mechanical Requirements of Dental Implants

Surface properties is the main reason for the use of titanium in medical technology. However, mechanical properties like elasticity and density/strength values are an additional clear advantage of titanium over other metals, because the supported or replaced natural structures of the human body are normally even more elastic and lightweight than titanium. Continue reading

Questions to Ask Your Periodontist Before Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular option for replacing missing teeth. Traditionally, dentists have relied upon bridgework or dentures to replace teeth that have been lost. Implants have advantages over other methods but are more expensive. Ask your periodontist if dental implants are the right choice for you.

Is your implant dentist a board certified specialist? Continue reading

Implants Vs. Dental Crowns

When an artificial tooth is needed, whether because you have lost your teeth or when your teeth is badly broken down, there are several choices that you can opt for, i.e. crowns, bridges, dentures or implants. In this article we will be weighing the pros and cons of implants and tooth crowns. Continue reading

Healing Dental Implant Surgery with PRP

Connective tissue graft allowed to reestablish the gingival contour and architecture

Grafting has been used in Periodontal therapy and implants as a mean to reestablish the loss periodontal apparatus (alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, and cementum). Connective tissue graft also allowed to reestablish the gingival contour and architecture for the harmony and esthetic of the smile. In the past, these procedures can be enhanced by the use of membrane as the physical barrier to prevent epithelial and tissue migration in the graft site which may lead to contact inhibition of bone cell migration. Today, another breakthrough in the surgical procedure is the use of autologous platelet rich plasma (PRP) to improve surgical outcomes by accelerating the body’s natural healing process. Continue reading

Benefit of Mini Denture Implants

Mini dental implants are around half the size of a regular dental implant

In this modern world of everything getting smaller and working better, why should the same engineering principles not apply to dental implants? With the advent of titanium alloy, we can create stronger mini dental implants that are around half the size of a regular dental implant and just as strong. With over 30 million Americans without teeth, there is a huge demand for dentures that don’t move when patients try to eat. Most of these patients have not been offered dental implants for lots of reasons. More often than not, it is because of the high cost of implant treatment. Continue reading