Achieving a higher standard in implant therapy for your patients

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Achieving a higher standard in implant therapy for your patients

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Dr Paresh Patel, India

By Dr Paresh Patel, India

Fri. 24 June 2022

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As the Baby Boomer population ages, the numbers of edentulous and partially edentulous patients increases, since tooth loss and age are related. Whether it is due to neglect, caries, medications or other systemic reasons, patients are presenting to practices all over the country needing extractions that can eventually lead to missing teeth of full arches that need implant supported restorations.

These patients often have aesthetic concerns from missing teeth, or ill-fitting or loose partial or full dentures and the inability to eat or function as they once did with teeth. Because of these concerns, it is important to incorporate some type of implants into the plan. Implants, whether narrow or traditional width, allow patients to smile, eat and function much more effectively. 

Case

A 43-year-old female presents with missing premolar and molar upper right side (#15,16) and missing premolar upper left (#25). These teeth have been missing for 15+ years. A flapless approach was selected to minimize trauma and to facilitate quick healing. The Axiom Concept was utilized to create an emergence profile that would be difficult to detect from the natural dentition.

Conclusion

In conclusion, by utilizing a minimally invasive technique, we can confidently provide the technical characteristics needed to keep the integrity of the peri-implant biological space on the day of surgery intact. This concept continues to provide this integrity at restorative phase by allowing the correct selection of a stock healing cap and matching stock abutment that should allow for an adjustment free final restoration. No part of the process has to be out of the treating doctors control.

With the clinical flexibility afforded by modern diagnostic tools and a restorative-minded approach to treatment, we can provide patients with implant restorations that offer the form and function of natural teeth, even in cases of advanced bone loss. With continued technological advancements and practitioner innovations, our capacity to improve the lives of our patients can only improve further, with the completely edentulous patient benefitting most from a well thought out restorative driven Implant System.

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