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All on Four Dental Implant Procedure
The All on Four procedure allows for the replacement of all the patient’s missing or failing teeth in a single appointment. The All on Four procedure is the most cost effective, definitive, gold standard option for these patients.
The Truth About Teeth in A Day
Dental implants are perhaps the most important advancement in dentistry over the past 50 years. Part of this increased consumer demand is being by slick advertising campaigns from high-volume dental implant clinics that may lead you to believe that all dental implants can be placed in one day.
Half of American Adults Have Periodontal Disease
Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new and important findings that directly impact our patients’ health and may change the way we practice dentistry. The study shows alarmingly high prevalence rates of periodontal disease in the U.S., indicating that one out of two American adults over the age of 30 have periodontal disease.
Current Concepts in the Maintenance of Periodontal and Implant Patients
Many dental professionals use the terms prophylaxis and periodontal maintenance synonymously. This can cause confusion for the patient and devalue the services we are providing. At Periodontal Implant Associates, we treat periodontal maintenance as an extension of active periodontal therapy. We initiate periodontal maintenance 3 months after surgical or nonsurgical periodontal therapy. We adhere to guidelines that have been proven to help patients experience less attachment loss and lose fewer teeth.
Indications and Benefits of Osseous Surgery
Many dentists and dental hygienists have difficulty determining when a patient could benefit from osseous surgery. Frequently, a patient will present with bleeding and inflammation following initial periodontal therapy (scaling and root planing), and will be considered unstable based on their clinical assessment. It is our responsibility to recognize patients that have not responded to other treatments, such as, periodontal debridement, scaling and root planing and/or local chemotherapeutics.
Root Canal Treatment or Apicoectomy?
When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or dies, root canal therapy is the recommended treatment to save the tooth. Traditional endodontic therapy in teeth with a favorable prognosis typically will rectify the problem. In some cases, root canal therapy does not heal the tooth or more likely the tooth may become reinfected and additional treatment may become necessary at a later time.
Dental implants have been a wonderful standard of care for many years and with continuously evolving technology, implant dentistry has become even easier for patients, dentists and implant surgeons.
Computer Guided Surgery…The Future of Implant Dentistry
The concept of the team approach to implant dentistry has always been promoted as the ideal standard of care in the treatment of dental implant patients. The implant surgeon and restorative doctor have one common goal: to restore their patients with optimal esthetics and function. However, despite this common goal, when evaluating implant patients the surgeon and restorative doctor typically have different thoughts and concerns.