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Dental Implant

Pattaya Smile Dental Clinic offers you a solution in replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root made from biocompatible material where the artificial tooth or crown will be attached. Dental implant is the closest to natural solution in replacing missing tooth. In addition, implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative procedures for maximum effectiveness. For example, a single implant can serve to support a crown replacing a single missing tooth. Implants can also be used to support a bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth, and can be used with dentures to increase stability.

During the placement of a dental implant, the goal is to achieve a close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue so they can “fuse” together (osseointegration), creating a stable support for the new teeth. Our implant procedure is guaranteed done only by our highly experienced certified specialist to guarantee the esthetic and excellent clinical result.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are surgically threaded into the jaw. In conventional implant procedure, a waiting period from implant placement to permanent crown installation of about three to six months is needed; this allows a period for the bone to grow around the implant and eventually attaches itself to it. This process is called Osseointegration. The often question for this case is “Will the patient go with missing teeth for 3-6 months?”, the answer is NO. A temporary tooth or bridge allows the patient to have esthetics and function immediately.  The patient can walk out of the dental office and enjoy socializing and a pleasant meal that very same night.  Another solution is to have a patient who is wearing dentures continue to wear their dentures until the implants are fully functional.

While in other clinical situations, crowns can be attached to the dental implants immediately.

Uses for Dental Implant

Dental Implants are titanium tooth “roots” used to replace missing natural roots. Once in place, they become firmly attached to the bone an artificial tooth is attached to the implant.

Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth used as abutments to dental bridge. They are also of great help to people who wear dentures.

Uses and Advantages of  Miniature implants

  1. Minimum trauma to the implant site
  2. No need for surgical preparation
  3. Immediate stability upon completion of placement
  4. existing denture can be used or make a new one
  5. ball and socket connection provides denture stability and facilitates eating and speaking
  6. cost effective alternative to using regular dental implants
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Miniature Implant vs. Regular Dental Implants

Miniature Dental Implants or “Mini Implants” have become increasingly popular during the past decade. As of today, they are used extensively throughout the world. Miniature dental implants have a number of advantages when used properly.

  1. Mini implants are good compliments to regular implants when spaces between implants are too crowded.
  2. Mini implants are a better choice than regular dental implant for immediate implant placement or stabilize loose dentures, because the small, screw-shaped miniature dental implant wedges itself and expands the bone as it is inserted.
  3. In some cases, using mini implants requires just one appointment visit.

What is an “Overdenture” dental implant restoration?

The term overdenture is used to describe a denture that is secured and stabilized by dental implants. This type of denture typically requires two to four dental implants. The denture is removable by the patient.

Implants have been of terrific help for patients who wear dentures. Dentures, in reality, are a poor substitute for natural teeth. People do not have the tactile sense when chewing that is transmitted through the roots of teeth; dentures are often ill fitting (especially lower dentures) and have but a fraction of the chewing and cutting efficiency of natural teeth. Ask any person who wears a lower denture and you will often find the myriad of problems they experience, no matter how denture is skillfully made. Dental implants have created a revolution for denture wearers and are of immense help. If a denture wearer is not a clinical candidate or cannot afford to have his/her denture replaced by a full-mouth dental implant reconstruction which results in a “permanent” bridge being placed (finances and bone configuration are the two biggest obstacles to this treatment),  “Overdenture” dental implants can be the answer.

How will I know which implant system to get?

Many implant designs exist. Each dental implant patient presents a unique set of clinical factors. These differences (e.g. bone configuration, bone quality, area where implant is to be placed, type of dental procedure that is to be done, etc.) often demand specially sized and configured implants, thus the need for a wide variety of sizes, shapes and implant design features. In some cases, dental implants are designed to be placed into the socket immediately after a tooth has been extracted. Your dentist will first create a treatment plan for your case. He will then choose the most favorable implant configuration that will best suit your particular dental needs.

Types of Dental Implant

Dental implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and with uncoated titanium surface, or coated titanium surface. The two main categories of dental implants are the full-sized implants and Miniature Dental Implants. The variety of sizes, shapes and configurations is necessary because of the wide range of anatomical differences that patients present. Such factors as amount of bone, bone quality, the shape and relationship of the upper and lower jaws and the amount of implants required to restore a mouth are some of the reasons for the different selection of implant systems.

Intra-Lock Implant System

Intra-lock implant system is one of the most popular implant systems we use, because we believe that Intra-Lock International, Inc. shares the same dedication in providing the best possible care for our patients. Intra-Lock implants are intelligently engineered. Its Drive Lock technology is designed to have a smooth flow process from the first step to the last. Another advantage of its intelligently engineered design is having an eclectic spectrum of dental implant ranging from Wide Body Conics to Miniature Implants; ExternalHex to Internal Morse Taper connections.

An advantage evident in a restorative ensemble includes a provisional abutment for mini implants and a range of prosthetic options for an Internal Morse Taper connection previously unimaginable. An advantage that’s obvious when you realize one size driver fits an entire system; surgery to restoration. An advantage a patented technology of rubies and sapphires as bearing surfaces provides an ergonomically designed torque wrench, guaranteed to provide consistent accuracy from 0-50Ncm without the need for constant recalibration.

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