Narrow Diameter Dental Implants with Zest Dental Solutions
Missing teeth can be rebuilt with the assistance of dental implants. This has been a great advancement in dentistry and the technology and design is ever evolving. Today, dental implants come with a wide variety of options, including alternatives in materials, sizing and the process for placement. With Zest Dental Solutions, we are able to provide patients with multiple variations including in width and head design. They offer a more narrow design and a separate abutment or even a pivoting head. Working with our team at Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry we can discuss a range of treatment options and create a plan that suits your needs. This may include a narrow diameter dental implant.
We use dental implants to create a new root system following the loss of a single tooth or multiple teeth. The implant is surgically embedded into the jawbone reestablishing a connection between the jaw and the tooth that we will then secure. Following a period of healing, once we determine the implant is stabilized, this new root system will then serve as an anchor in your mouth to support prosthetic tooth structures. The number of implants, or anchors, needed will depend on the work being completed.
Narrow diameter implants provide benefits to our patients including the amount of bone required for placement. Bone mass may not be something that many patients have considered, but when placing an implant, we need sufficient bone to sink the implant. Bone mass is lost following the loss of teeth. Bone is a continuously growing and renewing material. When your body determines that a portion is no longer being used, it will pull back the resources and no longer rebuild in that area, in fact it will atrophy or decrease in size. This can be seen when wearing a cast; the bone is actually smaller when the cast is removed. Similarly, this decrease in size happens in your jaw. Most implant procedures require increasing the bulk or mass of the bone through a bone graft procedure, which can take months to grow. We may be able to place the implant faster using a more narrow implant.
Placing Your Zest Implant
Much of the implant treatment is completed in the planning. We determine the work that needs to be completed and create a treatment map of the bone and location. In the preparatory phase, we may discuss ways to increase your rate of healing, increase bone mass, or rid the area of disease that could increase the possibility of infection.
The surgical placement of the implant is completed in our office, often with a local anesthetic or a conscious sedation option. Once the patient is comfortable, we will open the tissue and then create a space using a tool from the specified Zest toolkit in the bone as pre-determined in the planning stage. The Zest system has created an efficient process that elevates the procedure and increases success. With the implant properly sunk into the bone, we can then close the tissue around the implant and send the patient home for a period of healing. The soft tissue will heal quickly, in a matter of days, but the bone tissue will need time to grow up and around the threads of the implant and this can take several months. We will check the status of the implant and determine if fusion through osseointegration has occurred after a period of time. Once the implant is firm, we can then cover the implant with the predetermined prosthetic which may include a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Using Zest Narrow Implants, we can anchor a single crown, a bridge including a full arch bridge, or overdenture.
If you are interested in Narrow Diameter Dental Implants with Zest Dental Solutions, contact Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry at 503-654-8283 to schedule a consultation appointment.