TYPES OF CROWNS TO USE WHEN PLACING A CUSTOM ABUTMENT

When selecting the best type of crown to use with a custom abutment, there are several criteria to consider. Anticipated load, esthetic and biologic requirements, implant angulation, and lastly, depth and the occlusal space must all be planned for. Clinicians must also consider any need for retrievability and their own skills and comfort level.

GUIDED BONE REGENERATION IN IMPLANT DENTISTRY

Implant dentistry is becoming an increasingly popular treatment choice. In order to achieve a long -term, predictable prognosis, eligible implant patients must have adequate bone volume. Many patients lack sufficient horizontal or vertical bone, but there are various methods that can be used to augment new tissue growth and increase bone volume in these cases.

IMPLANT RETAINED VERSUS IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES

Edentulous patients frequently find conventional dentures uncomfortable and unsatisfactory. Because of this, using dental implants to retain or support ill-fitting dentures is becoming increasingly popular. Implant supported dentures offer different benefits compared to implant retained dentures but both options can provide improved denture stability and bite function. Often, the decision as to which treatment is best will be based on several different factors.

BONE GRAFTING MATERIALS IN IMPLANT DENTISTRY

Dental implants can frequently provide an optimal way to replace missing teeth. Over the past few years, the materials and techniques used in dental implants have been significantly developed and improved. While the advantages of dental implants are undeniable, treatment is technique-sensitive, expensive, and often, bone grafting is needed to ensure the procedure is a success.

SCREW-RETAINED IMPLANT CROWN

Most implant dentists are concerned with providing their patients with a long-lasting and reliable restoration. However, the long-term success of a crown can depend on a number of different biological components and material related factors.

IMPLANT RETAINED DENTURES

There are approximately 35 million edentulous people in the United States. Even though dental implants have been available for decades, many patients are still unaware of how this treatment could benefit them.

BEST MATERIALS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS

Over the past few decades, dental implants have become a reliable way to restore missing teeth. During this period, the materials used for dental implants have been extensively researched and the understanding of how the physical and chemical properties affect the clinical outcome of treatment has considerably improved. These properties include the surface composition and the microstructure of an implant. Ideally, implant materials should be biocompatible and resistant to both corrosion and to fracturing. Implants can be made from titanium or from zirconium.  They must demonstrate adequate toughness and strength, and the design of the implant needs to be compatible with its physical properties.

HOW MUCH DO DENTAL IMPLANTS COST?

This is a question asked frequently by patients who want the best possible dental care but are not always prepared to pay the price. While patients may often request dental implants, many will seek out dentists who offer this service at impossibly cheap prices, not realizing why good implant treatment is more expensive. To gain a greater market share, dental practices will advertise enticing offers for patients, promising successful placement, and understandably, many patients are interested in any option that seemingly saves money.

DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES

Patient awareness of dental implant procedures is increasing and more people are requesting this treatment. Consequently, dentists are faced with the choice of whether to offer this service in-house, or to refer patients to an oral surgeon. With a greater number of implant courses available, it is often more appealing to offer the complete service. Patients generally prefer to be treated by a dental team they already know and trust, and may be reluctant to travel to other clinics.

FULL CAST CROWNS & BRIDGES, PFMS AND ALL CERAMIC RESTORATIONS

Until a few years ago, the choice of dental restorations was generally limited to full cast restorations, PFMs, or to feldspathic crowns and veneers. Today, the introduction of newer and increasingly sophisticated ceramics has greatly increased the choice for dentists and for patients. Full gold, PFMs, and Captek crowns are still popular but the most modern ceramics can easily accommodate consumer demand for better esthetics combined with excellent strength. Non-metal restorations include zirconia, IPS e.max and Empress. Choosing the correct option can be less straightforward, depending on whether flexural strength or excellent esthetics are the most important factor.

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