Wouldn't it be great if your smile was perfect and stayed that way your entire life? Yes, please. In the real world, cavities, gum disease, and trauma sometimes lead to tooth loss. You know this all too well if you count yourself among the 178 million Americans with at least one missing tooth.
The ultimate question becomes, now what? You know replacing the missing tooth is crucial, but you don’t have the time to make multiple appointments, and besides, you want it done yesterday. Think you’re still dreaming? In this blog, Dr. Marcano at Orlando Center for Cosmetic Dentistry shares his experiences helping patients replace missing teeth with the first and only FDA-cleared immediate load implant called Ultratooth®.
To understand just how game-changing Ultratooth is, let's dive deeply into how the traditional dental implant process plays out. Once your dentist determines that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, your provider surgically places a titanium post in your jawbone for every missing tooth. The post ultimately replaces the solid root structure that the healthy tooth once had. For that to happen, the post needs to heal in place. That’s where the waiting game begins.
Over the next four months or so and several dentist appointments, the implant undergoes osseointegration, where it fuses to the jawbone. Once that step is completed, your dentist takes impressions of your mouth to create a custom crown that will be placed on top of the post. He installs a temporary crown until the permanent one is milled at a dental laboratory.
At your final appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and replaces it with the permanent one. You now have an amazing do-over and replacement tooth that looks and functions like your original healthy tooth once did. The rub is that depending on how many teeth you need to replace, getting to completion can take close to a year. But not with Ultratooth.
Ultratooth takes all the pluses of traditional dental implants while kicking the biggest downside to the curb – the four to six months of healing time. With traditional implants, healing takes a while for the implant to properly fuses to the surrounding bone. In contrast, Ultratooth implants are literally designed to be different with apical contact points, which look like the "Eiffel Tower" with four contact points. This proprietary design allows Ultratooth dental implants to secure themselves into the surrounding bone immediately.
Remarkably with Ultratooth, you can walk into the office with a missing tooth and leave with fully functioning teeth. It’s the ultimate no-waiting scenario. There’s no need to deal with multiple appointments or having to eat soft foods during the healing process.
If you need an extraction, Dr. Marcano removes your tooth and replaces it immediately at the same appointment. He places the Ultratooth and installs a temporary crown. He takes an impression of your mouth so that a custom-made crown can be milled at a laboratory. You’ll return in a couple of weeks to have the permanent crown placed.
The wow factor of Ultratooth is its immediacy. Still, the fact that you’re not spending months and months waiting to replace your teeth also means you’re significantly reducing potential bone loss in comparison to traditional implants.
Healthy bones depend on stimulation; with teeth, that means chewing. Healthy teeth also rely on a solid root foundation. Each day and month without replacing missing teeth means bone loss. The bone can start to melt away, creating that aged, sunken-face look. Ultratooth enhances bone density by providing an immediate replacement and getting you back to enjoying all your favorite foods again.
If you are missing teeth or need an extraction and want to find out 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 or texting the office today.