Dental Implants & The IMTEC Procedure

Dental Implants—The Description

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. 

Dental implants change the way people live.  They help renew self-confidence and the ability to confidently eat, speak, laugh with a full open smile.

Dental Implants—The IMTEC Procedure

As we enter the 21st century minimally invasive devices and procedures are now the fastest growing segment of the medical device industry.  Compared with traditional approaches they reduce the risk to the patient, require less anesthesia, shorter surgical and recovery time, and result in significant cost savings to the patient.
IMTEC mini implant system is a unique procedure designed as an alternative for those patients who can benefit from recent advancements in dental implant technology, but can neither tolerate conventional implant surgery nor afford its typical restoration.
After a thorough health history screening and oral and radiographic examination, a minimally invasive five step surgical protocol is performed. The mini implants can be immediately used to retain a lower full or partial denture. The system utilizes an O-ring system placed inside the denture and snapped over the ball-shaped head of the implant. Because of the self-tapping placement system, the denture can be attached at the surgical visit. Conventional implants, on the other hand, must heal for four months before being utilized.

Another advantage of the mini implant system is cost. This system is typically half the cost of conventional implants. Although it is usually preferable to make a new set of dentures in conjunction with the placement of the implants, the mini implant system is ideal for patients who like the dentures they currently have, but are simply in need of additional retention.

IMTEC mini dental implants clearly represent an enormous breakthrough for those patients seeking an alternative to conventional implants.

Dr. Smith has trained at the Oklahoma State University School of Dentistry specifically for the placement and restoration of IMTEC mini implants.

Dental Implants—TheTraditional Procedure

Dental implants at the core, are metal anchors which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant above the gum which provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually integrating with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has integrated with the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your Oyster Point Dentistry physician will uncover the implant and attach a small healing collar. Then posts are attached. Your physician will then be able to begin to craft the new tooth. This procedure can span a period of six to eight months, but sooner in some cases. Most do not experience disruption in their daily life.

Which Procedure is Right For You: IMTEC or Traditional

As with any and all surgical procedures, the answer can only be determined after a comprehensive consult between patient and physician.Dr. Smith and the entireprofessional staff of Oyster Point Dentistry standready to provide you that comprehensive consult to ensure that the perfect procedure is chosen and perfectresults achieved.

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