IMMEDIATE LOAD IMPLANTS with EXTRACTIONS, GRAFTING
RETAINED FIXED IMPLANT PROSTHESIS
you're missing a tooth or many teeth, you may find that there are other things
you are missing. You may wish for a natural smile and the ability to chew
enjoyable foods and speak clearly. You may feel self-conscious about the missing
teeth and changes in the mouth, or concerned as other teeth shift position with
time. Perhaps you have experienced a change in "Facial Aesthetics" or how
the mouth and face are changing in appearance, with an appearance of an older
individual. The effect of tooth loss varies from person to person and depends on
what exactly has been lost. When a tooth with its root is lost, the
bone around the tooth will gradually shrink or atrophy, and the remaining teeth
may shift and chewing will become more difficult with time, along with negative
facial changes. There are a number of ways to replace teeth. When a
single tooth is lost an implant and crown are the first choice for replacement.
When all teeth are lost the patient is forced to replace all teeth and gum
tissue with either complete dentures or with an implant supported prosthesis.
When all teeth are lost their replacement does not require replacement with an
implant per tooth, less implants are required.
Older techniques associated with dental implants would often require many months
or longer to complete treatment. Dr. EDward M. Amet is a suburban Overland Park,
Kansas prosthodontist and Diplomate of The American Board of Prosthodontics and
Diplomate of The American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He has
been placing implants since 1974, and has developed and perfected many
techniques that enables patients to literally have "Teeth in 1 Day"!
As Dr. Amet explains the concept of "Teeth in 1 Day", this refers to replacement
of natural and prosthetic teeth with dental implants, that are placed so not
only do patients get their new teeth the same day, they will have more natural
looking teeth and gum tissue because of the shortened treatment time.
Replacing the tooth or teeth immediately has many advantages over extended
implant times. For instance, delayed placement of a tooth or teeth allows the
surrounding gums and bone tissues to shrink. Later, when the dentist
attempts to place an implant the missing tooth or teeth, the gums may have
receded as to create an unnatural looking gum line or there may be inadequate
bone remaining. Other advantages of this cutting edge technology include:
dramatic reduction in treatment time and the number of appointments, immediate
full function of the new tooth or teeth, a very real natural look and much less
discomfort. Many of Dr. Amet's patients have reported almost no pain after
Typically, dental implants are allowed to heal from twelve weeks to six or more
months before they are used to support new teeth. The "Teeth In a Day" concept
can usually be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or a full mouth of
teeth, upper or lower, with remarkable comfort, predictability and aesthetics.
Other procedures like extractions can also be accomplished at the same time and
when using the patient's own Growth Factor in the form of (PRP) Platelet Rich
Plasma, can shorten the healing time. As Dr. Amet reports, it is possible to
walk into the "Center" missing one tooth or a whole mouthful of teeth, and leave
with a completely new set that are firmly anchored, unlike complete dentures or
“While extractions with implant replacement and prosthetic replacement may seem
like extensive treatment for a patient to go through in one day, most patients
respond very favorably with little discomfort, swelling or disruption in their
daily schedules,” says Dr. Amet. He has performed this procedure on patients
ranging in ages from their teens to their 90s with similar success. Patients who
have undergone the procedure rarely take more than over-the-counter pain
medication for a few days afterward. Also, they report a dramatic improvement in
aesthetics, chewing ability, security and overall dental comfort as compared to
failing teeth or loose irritating dentures.
“Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease, or
decay may be a candidate for dental implants,” says Dr. Amet. If one, a few or
all teeth are missing, dental implants are the best option. Occasionally, older
patients express concern that their age may prevent them from the benefits that
dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age.
If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy
enough to receive dental implants.