Archive for November, 2009

Implant Bridge

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

dimplantseminarfinal_Page_004_Image_0003An implant bridge is an excellent option for patients missing 3 or more teeth in series. Ideally, it is more mechanically advantageous to have one implant per implant crown. But an implant bridge can restore 3-4 implant crowns splinted in series over 2 or more implants. It is best not to restore implant bridges beyond the ratio of 2 implant crowns to 1 implant.  Three units to 2 fixtures is an acceptable ratio, but 1 unit to 1 fixture is the most mechanically favorable.

Is an implant a good option for me?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

021_Image_0002In order for an implant to actually fit in a gap between two teeth and into the bone at that site, there is a required width and length for the implant.

059_Image_0003The length of the implant selected must be no longer than 2.0 mm from the inferior alveolar nerve.

It is critical that these vital structures are avoided in placing your implant so you can avoid complications and ensure the  success of the implant integrating into the bone.