If you or someone you know is among the more than 178 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth or the estimated 40 million Americans who don’t have any natural teeth at all, you know all too well about the embarrassment and daily challenges that missing teeth present.
Your once diverse and hardy meals have become a menu of softer foods that don’t rely on you being able to bite and chew properly. Those enjoyable steak dinners are but a distant memory. And when it comes to social situations, you find yourself putting your hands in front of your face when smiling or laughing and begin avoiding large groups altogether.
You want to replace your missing teeth, but you don’t see yourself wearing dentures, and the process to get dental implants seems to take an eternity. If only there was a one-and-done treatment option for replacing missing teeth. It’s just wishful thinking, right? No, says Dr. Marcano at Orlando Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. In this blog, Dr. Marcano unpacks a game-changing outpatient procedure called Ultratooth®.
To properly grasp just how groundbreaking Ultratooth dental implants are, it’s crucial to understand how a conventional dental implant treatment plan plays out. Once your dentist determines that you are a good candidate for treatment, your dentist surgically places a titanium post in your jawbone for every missing tooth. Once the post is inserted, it’s now your body’s turn to take over the process by healing and, in doing so, establishing a firm foundation for the implant.
Over several months and few appointments, the implant fuses to your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. Then your dentist takes impressions of your mouth to create the crown that will be placed on top of the post to become the actual artificial tooth. He installs a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent one to come back from the lab. In your final appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and replaces it with the permanent one. Your treatment plan is now complete. Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced and how long the osseointegration process takes, it could be close to 12 months since your first appointment. And that’s where Ultratooth comes in.
Unlike conventional implants, Ultratooth dental implants are immediate load or same-day dental implants. Remarkably with Ultratooth dental implants, you can walk into our office with a missing tooth and walk out the same day, and in some cases, within an hour or so later with your Ultratooth implant in place with a temporary crown. You’ll need to return so we can place the permanent crown when it comes back from the dental lab. This is particularly beneficial if you need an extraction. In one appointment, Dr. Marcano extracts your tooth and immediately provides an Ultratooth dental implant.
At this point, you may be wondering how that’s even possible. It all comes down to its proprietary design. As the first and only FDA-cleared immediate load implant, Ultratooth makes contact with the jawbone with an apical or “Eiffel Tower” design. This unique approach provides four contact points, which allows the implant to immediately secure itself into the surrounding bone as opposed to conventional implants, which rely on a lengthy fusing process to provide stability.
The rule of thumb with missing teeth is the longer it takes to replace them, the higher the risk of losing more bone density. At first blush, you may think the sole function of teeth is to chew food. However, teeth and their roots stimulate the jawbone, which keeps the bone healthy and strong.
But when you are missing teeth and that structure and support are no longer there, the bone starts to melt away. Unfortunately, the longer you go without replacing your teeth, the more dramatic the bone loss. Since Ultratooth dental implants make immediate contact with the jawbone and don’t take months and months to fuse with the bone, your risk for bone loss is greatly minimized.
If you are missing teeth and want to know if Ultratooth is right for you, book a consultation at Orlando Center For Cosmetic Dentistry. Schedule an appointment by clicking the online booking tool or calling the office today at 407-855-1471.