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ADA Session: Implant Panel Discussion

Implants are not something everyone is too keen about. But when their teeth need that attention and an implant has to be done, there is not much one can do about it. Not it is not just candy, or chocolate or even a regular cup of Chocolate Slim that can cause such damage to the teeth. There are a number of other factors in play and responsible for most of the dental implants done .

So What Are Dental Implants?

These are metal frames that are inserted into the jaw line, below the gums, when one has loss of teeth or bone or both. These implants allow the dentists to mount teeth on them as a replacement for what was there or missing.

Though one can go in for dentures, when they lose teeth, this cannot be a permanent solution. Though it will cost lesser and not be very painful, it is not very comfortable. One will have to remove and clean those dentures after every meal, every night before going to bed, etc. whereas implants are like natural teeth and on can use them as naturally as the teeth itself and never have to worry about them getting lost or misplaced when removed.

How Does This Work

The dentists fuse these implants to the jaw bone of the person. This gives better stability than a temporary denture or bridge. The implants are firm in the jaw line and hence will not move or shift when the teeth are used. The dentist can now mount the crown or the replacement teeth on to them.

There are different types of implants for one to choose from:

Endosteal Implants

These implants are directly inserted in to the jaw bone and left for a while, so as to give the gums enough time to heal. Once it is healed, a second surgery is performed to connect this new implant to the existing teeth.

Subperiosteal Implants

A metal frame is fitted just below the gum tissues, in the jaw line. The frame fixes itself to the jaw line as the gums heal. When the posts are attached to the frame, it protrudes through the gums. Once it is completely healed, artificial teeth are then mounted on to these posts

All-On-4 Dental Implants

So what is this All on 4 dental implants?  This is a branded procedure, wherein titanium is used for the implants. The titanium dental implants are made in 4 parts of the mouth. This provides a strong foundation for the prosthetic teeth to be added later.

Dr. Bicuspid has a nice wrap-up on a very candid and controversial session from last week’s ADA Annual Session in San Francisco. Check it out here: http://goo.gl/QXUeu

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About The Blog Author

Teresa Duncan received a degree of Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Marymount University. With over 22 years of healthcare experience (15 in dental), she has unique insight into the world of dentistry. Her specialty is helping dentists and managers increase revenue. By focusing on accounts receivable and insurance management, she helps dentists increase the value of their practice. As a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, she has a special interest in helping dentists identify and safeguard against employee embezzlement.

Teresa is founder and president of Odyssey Management.

She is a Fellow and Educator for the ICOI’s Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries. Look for more articles from her regarding practice management, dental implants and oral health care news. She was named 2010’s ADIA Educator of the Year.

Teresa is a member-at-large on the board of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants.

Teresa is a Trustee for the auxiliary education-focused DALE Foundation.


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