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Dental Implants: a Superior Method of Restoration


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Dr. Ingalls discusses dental implants, including a brief overview of the implant process, common applications, candidacy, benefits, and the planning phase of treatment.

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Dr. Ingalls: Implants are tooth root replacements, and so you can think of those as the foundation like if you're building a house, the dental implant itself is the foundation, and we place those to replace the natural root of a tooth that's lost. In some cases like a wisdom tooth wouldn't necessarily be replaced with a dental implant. A front tooth, both for function, cosmetic, speech, is a lot more aggressively treatment plan. Most people want their front teeth back. Most people are actually good candidates for dental implants as long as they have adequate bone structure and they are in reasonable health. We do a complete medical evaluation as well as a dental evaluation, medicine list, and also we have the ability to do computed tomography, cone beam CT scans in the office so that we can evaluate the bone structures, the quantity of bone, the quality of the bone. Actually we can measure the bone densities on our scan so that we can almost instantly tell patients if they're qualified for dental implants. In some cases, we will see people, especially trauma victims and those things, before the dentist has a chance to see them. So the system really involves people first with the dentist referring to us, us doing the consultations and then placing the implants. Now in terms of dental implant systems, what we try to do is we have multiple actual implant systems that we try, and you say "why would you need multiple implant systems?" Well, we try to fit the implant to the patient. So if you only have one implant system, then you have to fit the patient to your implant system. So we have gone through multiple systems of dental implants so that we have a variety so that we can do virtual treatment planning for almost any condition the patient may have that would require dental implant therapy.

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