February 3, 2012
Cary Feuerman is the founder of WebDental www.webdental.com – While this is less instructive in terms of clinical imagery than I would like to see on Mouthing Off, nonetheless, it’s a good exemplar of what Oral Health’s blog should be showcasing; the talent that is arrayed from Bonavista to Vancouver Island, from the Artic Circle to the Great Lake waters..
My partner, Giovanni Castellucci, and I have been placing dental implants in ourperiodontal practice for over 20 years. Every day, we see an ever increasing amount of requests from our restorative colleagues and patients from Boston, Newton, Framingham, and the surrounding metrowest communities for extraction of a compromised tooth, followed by immediate dental implant placement and restoration (Teeth in a Day). Years ago, this was a very challenging proposition for a variety of reasons, and we oftentimes had to decline these requests and follow a more traditional treatment protocol. However, with the current advances in dental implant design (including surface technology, thread pattern, and restorative connection), we can confidently and predictably deliver immediate dental restorations in one dental appointment. One of our favorite dental implants for “teeth in one day” is the NobelActive fixture from NobelBiocare. We have been impressed by the tremendous stability at insertion (70 Ncm), platform switch – bone preservation design, surface technology to maximize bone-implant contact andosseointegration, and ease of restoration.
Case selection is paramount to assure a successful outcome, and not every patient is truly a candidate for these procedures. Every case has to be thoroughly evaluated on its own merits. And, there is no substitute for clinical experience and surgical expertise. In the end, our mission is to have a happy and healthy patient with normal function and a beautiful smile.
Have any of you had similar experiences? Please share them with the community.