Implant dentistry was developed with the idea of rehabilitating the chewing function, so that patients without teeth could eat well without removable dentures, since these were usually uncomfortable and fitted badly. Implants became the most natural replacement for missing teeth, when one or just a few teeth were missing. Restorations with implants don’t require grinding or damaging neighbouring teeth, so they cause the least biological trauma. However, the time required for patients to receive final restoration meant that many of them reverted to a different type of treatment. And as additional procedures were often needed, the time needed to finish treatment was prolonged, sometimes even more than a year.
In the last 10-15 years, as a changing society brought about certain trends and heightened demands, implant dentistry became focused on patients’ needs. Research, development, and advancements in technology and clinical techniques enabled us to offer treatments that allowed patients to function and aesthetics to be rehabilitated immediately. For example, when a patient comes into our clinic with a fractured tooth that has to be removed, she leaves the clinic with a temporary crown fixed on an implant, and this provides a satisfactory functional and aesthetic result. The NobelActive® implant provides exceptional results in such a situation, and the Adent dental clinic was part of the prelaunch group for that implant.
We often face patients that are about to lose all of their teeth. Besides functional and aesthetic considerations, patients are faced with the psychological concern of losing teeth and wearing dentures. However, these patients can be treated with immediate restorations, usually the same day but certainly within 48 hours. Our patients receive an immediate prosthesis that is fixed with retention screws that can only be removed by the dentist in the clinic, which provides a great opportunity for cleaning on a follow-up visit. In some cases, due to a lack of bone, patients require grafting procedures to be able to receive dental implants. With techniques like All-on-4® that we began using 11 years ago, our patients avoid aggressive and traumatic procedures of bone grafting, and are still able to receive a fixed restoration on 4 implants.
Thanks to the Cone Beam CT, or to use a popular expression the 3D x-ray, and in combination with planning software, we are able to predictably plan implant positions, so that restoration on implants has a more natural appearance
The use of digital techniques also shortens the treatment time and increases the quality of rehabilitation with dental implants. Thanks to the Cone Beam CT, or to use a popular expression the 3D x-ray, and in combination with planning software, we are able to predictably plan implant positions, so that restoration on implants has a more natural appearance. The use of digital intraoral scanners like Cerec allows us to create a crown on a single implant within 45 minutes, without having to take uncomfortable impressions. For bigger restorations, CAD/CAM machines give us the ability to produce very precise restorations that are attached to implants with screws, making them reliable, safe, and aesthetically superior rehabilitations for our patients.
The Adent dental clinic has 25 years of experience with Cerec, 22 years of experience with Dental Implants (Nobel Biocare) and 11 years of experience with All-on-4®.