The average adult in the United States has lost about eight teeth. In some cases, this is due to orthodontic treatments or wisdom tooth removals, which are planned extractions that don’t interfere with aesthetics or function.
At other times, though, tooth loss can occur due to decay or injury, and the results can be less predictable. For centuries, dentures were the primary tooth replacement method, but over the past two decades, dental implants have become the standard of care, because they replace not only the crown, but the root, too.
One drawback with conventional implants, however, is the length of treatment time. It can take six months for the implant post to integrate with the jawbone.
But the story of implant dentistry doesn’t end there. A breakthrough technology called Ultratooth™ is rapidly expanding the horizons of this field. With Ultratooth, you can get your implant and use it the very same day.
Sargon Lazarof, DDS, of Sargon Dental, with locations in Encino and West Hollywood, California, and Pleasant Grove, Utah, is the inventor of Ultratooth. In this blog, he explains one of the biggest problems with conventional dental implants and why Ultratooth could be just what you’re looking for.
The drawback of conventional dental implants
Dental implants are the ultimate in tooth-replacement technology. To start, an implant matches the look and feel of a natural tooth. And, because an implant fuses to your jawbone, it restores the interaction between your tooth and jawbone, something dentures and bridges can’t do. By brushing and flossing daily and getting regular professional cleanings, dental implants can last a lifetime.
However, one of the biggest drawbacks of conventional dental implants is the osseointegration period. This is the time it takes for the new root of your implant — which is made of itanium — to fuse with the bone of your jaw.
Until this post completely fuses with your jaw — which could take six months — the upper portions of the implant, including the new crown, can’t be placed. This is because the post needs to fuse completely with your jaw before it will be able to handle the forces of chewing and biting.
The advantages of Ultratooth dental implants
While Ultratooth is a dental implant, its unique design allows it to be placed and used the same day. The Ultratooth post is implanted the same way as a conventional post, and it fuses in a similar manner. However, the post used with Ultratooth expands like a wall fastener.
Once in place, the post expands out to create four points of contact. This creates the contact necessary to handle the loads the tooth will require. So the post and crown can be placed the same day, and you’ll be able to eat all the foods you enjoy, regardless of the biting and chewing forces they create.
Another advantage is Ultratooth can immediately help prevent bone loss in your jaw. Your jawbone needs stimulation in order to regenerate, which it gets when you chew food. If an area isn’t stimulated, it can lose bone mass there. With Ultratooth, however, you can begin chewing and putting pressure on the area right away, which can help you preserve jaw tissue there.
This immediate ability to put pressure on that area of the jawbone would not be possible with conventional implants, because you would have to wait months for your new tooth root to fuse to your jawbone before you could get your new crown.
If you would like to see it Ultratooth could help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Sargon Dental today.