Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’re considering dental implants for aesthetic reasons, for comfort or because you find it difficult to eat with dentures, you probably have questions about whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Your doctor is the best source of information about whether or not dental implants are healthy choice for you, but here are a few general guidelines to start with:
- Oral Health: In order to receive dental implants, you must have sufficient bone mass remaining to secure the implants. It is also best if you have healthy gums, as periodontal disease may impact the implants as the disease progresses. In most cases, your dentist will be able to evaluate the health of your bones and gums.
- General Health: As with any medical procedure, being in good overall health is optimal. If you have any chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, check with your doctor.
- Age: Age may be a factor at either end of the spectrum. In particular, implants can be problematic for children and teenagers, since their jaws are still growing.
- Past Medical Treatments: Certain types of radiation treatments and treatment for bone density loss can be contraindications for dental implants. If you’ve had such treatments in the past, be sure to tell your dentist and to talk with your doctor before proceeding with implants.
There are many factors to consider if you’re looking into the possibility of dental implants. However, most generally healthy adults will find that implants are an option for the replacement of some or all of their natural teeth. Talk to your dentist for further information about your options and your doctor to ensure that you’re in good health and ready to move forward.
Extent of Bone Loss in Patients With Peri-implantitis
Failure of a dental implant is often related to the failure of the implant to osseointegrate correctly with the bone, or vice-versa. A dental implant is considered to be a failure if it is lost, mobile or shows peri-implant (around the implant) bone loss of greater than 1.0 mm in the first year and greater than 0.2 mm a year after. In a study here (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21055752), 264 implants were examined and 131 of those had peri-implanitis associated bone loss.
Use tapered implants to ensure your dental implants don’t suffer from bone loss.
Why Use Tapered Dental Implants?
Bone resorption at the site of a dental implant is known to be the predominate issue with implant failure. The primary cause of this bone loss is due to the presence of bacteria within and around the implant / abutment connection. It is a proven and well known fact that bacteria will grow in gaps as small as .8 micron, and most implant systems, because of their design, allow gaps many times this size in the implant / abutment connection.
Dr. Leo Malin recognized this deficiency in implant design during his years of dental Implant practice and sought to use Implants with tapered connections, which by design, wedge together at installation. Compression of the interface from the chewing function naturally causes the interface to wedge even tighter as time goes on, thereby eliminating the potential for bacteria growth and reducing or eliminating bone loss.
What Makes Implant-One Dental Implants Different?
The Implant-One dental implant system was created with the intention of designing a dental implant system that provided the best possible Implant / Abutment connection on the market. Implant-One’s design provides strength, orientation, and a tight fit capable of preventing the intrusion of bacteria into the implant abutment connection, therefore eliminating the crestal bone loss associated with most implant systems on the market.
Hexed implant showing significant bone die-back
Implant-One implant placed sub-crestally showing
no die back 2 years post placement
Issues with Hexed Implants and Bone Loss
In a perfect world there would be only one implant system on the market and it would satisfy the needs of every implant case that presents to the dental office. Unfortunately, that world does not exist. There are virtually hundreds of implant companies across the globe manufacturing implants with the intended purpose of satisfying the clinical challenges that clinicians see in practice every day. Many of these companies have been in business for decades, while others are relatively new to the market. I suspect every implant manufacturer is trying to produce a superior product as compared to its competitors. Currently there are so many implant products available it can be very confusing to the dental practitioner when trying to determine which system to purchase and use in their respective offices.
The fundamental question that seems to come up over and over again from doctors that want to get involved in implant dentistry is simply, “what is the best system on the market, or what system should I buy?” To answer that question one must first understand the basic challenges clinicians try to resolve with an implant system, and how a particular system may be the solution. In other words, what are the characteristics of an ideal implant system?
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We’re Now Offering Implant One Implants
We’re now carrying Implant One implants! The 3 degree per side taper of these implants are straighter than any other internally oriented system in the US Market, which means the connection will wedge together ensuring a tight fit. This fit is capable of preventing the intrusion of bacteria, and therefore bone loss associated with many other implant systems on the market.
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