Better Fitting Dentures

April 26th, 2010

Many patients with dentures and partials have trouble with the retention of their dentures. It is often a complaint that friends or family have dentures and can “eat apples and corn on the cob, however, my denture will not allow me to do that.”

We must understand that not everyone’s jaws and gums are the same. Certain characteristics make it easier to wear dentures and have them stay in better, other characteristics make it difficult for dentures and partials (especially lowers) to get good suction and stay in place while eating or speaking.

If you are a patient who is facing this challenge, you may want to consider an investment in implants. We have the capability in dentistry to modify your existing denture to clip on to the implants.

An advantage of  the “locator” abutments is there are severe types of inserts that can be easily interchanged to fit into the denture, once it is modified. These inserts have different capabilities of tightness. They can be set to clip on to the implants very tight or just tight enough to stay in place.  This enables older patients or patients with disabilities to easily remove the dentures.

Once the implants are placed and the abutments are attached. They will require 6 month maintenance. They should be cleaned regularly at home. About every 6 months to 1 year the replaceable inserts may need changing to maintain strong attachment.

History of Implantology

January 15th, 2010

This is a technical explanation for the dental professional about the history of implantology. Its beginnings with Dr. Branemark and the innovations in osseointegration which has brought us to modern implantology today.

Educational Implant Powerpoint

January 15th, 2010

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This powerpoint is meant to educate the Dental Health Professional. Therefore some of the terminology is quite complex. However, many dental patients may also find this information useful to understand the background of dental implants. This will allow them to have correct expectations for their treatment options and allow them to ascertain the limitations of treatment.

Straumann Implants

January 11th, 2010
Straumann Dental Implant

Straumann Dental Implant

I have elected to place straumann implants because of the quality, integrity and track record. I am very please with how they integrate with the bone and the ease of restoration. The parts are very user friendly and have long term durability. Six of the implants I restored this year were Nobel Biocare and they were very difficult to take an impression.

Straumann has revealed a new implant material, Roxolid [Rock-Solid], a Titanium- Zirconium alloy that is 50% stronger than pure titanium. Initial animal studies show a significant increase in removal torque values over Straumann`s current SLActive titanium implants. Human trials are underway in Europe and North America. Straumann expects to have the design released for initial markets in 2009.

Roxolid (Rock-Solid)

Roxolid (Rock-Solid)

If I was missing a tooth I would definately want a Straumann Implant to replace it.

Remember to get implants your bone must be healthy, it is a good idea to quit smoking before getting implants.

Periodontal disease can affect implants in a similar way it affects teeth. Tartar buildup on the implants has bacteria which will trigger an inflammatory response in the gums leading to bone loss around the implant.

Implants require care and routine maintenance.

Implant Bridge

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.