In a perfect world, everyone would be born with beautiful, healthy teeth that would stay that way for a lifetime. Unfortunately, that’s not the way life works. Despite our best efforts with brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist’s office for regular dental exams and professional cleanings, tooth decay, gum disease, and injuries can lead to tooth loss.
In fact, according to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth, and an estimated 40 million Americans don’t have any natural teeth at all. The good news is that the advances in tooth replacement options have grown tremendously over the years.
Gone are the days when dentures were the only go-to to replace missing teeth. You probably have heard about dental implants, but wouldn’t it be great to get a dental implant in one day? Now you can. In this blog, Orlando Center for Cosmetic Dentistry’s own Dr. Marcano gives you the scoop on a game-changing treatment called Ultratooth®.
Dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. They look just like natural teeth, and because the implant fuses to your jawbone, they also feel and act like natural teeth. Plus, with proper at-home care and professional cleanings, they can last a lifetime.
So what’s the rub? The process to get traditional implants typically takes several months to allow the titanium post to fuse to the jawbone and accommodate the healing process. That’s where Ultratooth® comes in.
Ultratooth® is an immediate load or same-day dental implant. It’s the first and only FDA-cleared immediate load implant available. Traditional implants load or fuse to the jawbone over four to six months. The difference lies in the implant’s design, which is called apical, nicknamed the “Eiffel Tower” design. This design provides four contact points that allow the Ultratooth® to secure itself into the surrounding bone.
With Ultratooth® you can walk into the office with a missing tooth and walk out with fully functioning teeth. There’s no need to deal with the hassle of making numerous appointments, factoring in time off from work, or eating soft foods during the healing process. Dr. Marcano places the Ultratooth® and applies a temporary crown. He takes an impression of your mouth so that a custom made crown can be milled at a laboratory.
After your appointment, you can resume your everyday activities at home or work or even enjoy that steak dinner you’ve been putting off. You’ll return to Orlando Center For Cosmetic Dentistry in a week, so Dr. Marcano can attach your permanent crown. Imagine replacing missing teeth without downtime.
Another advantage of Ultratooth® is that it improves bone density and reduces bone loss. By their very nature, missing teeth can result in bone loss. Healthy bones rely on stimulation. When teeth are healthy, the root structure provides both a firm foundation as well as continued stimulation.
When you are missing teeth, all that support goes away, and the bone starts to melt away, creating that sunken face look. The longer that the missing tooth goes without being replaced, the more devastating the bone loss. Since Ultratooth® immediately restores the tooth and makes immediate contact with the jaw, your bone loss risk is significantly reduced compared to traditional implants.
Anyone who is missing a permanent tooth is a possible candidate for Ultratooth®. It’s especially well suited for patients who need an extraction, as Dr. Marcano can remove your tooth and replace it right away in the same visit.
If you have a missing tooth and wonder if Ultratooth® is right for you, book a consultation at Orlando Center for Cosmetic Dentistry by clicking the online booking tool or calling the office today 407-855-1471.