Monday, September 20, 2010

Bone quality key in procedure for implants

Q: My friend’s dentist placed a dental implant and attached a temporary crown in the same visit. I now need an implant, but my dentist says I have to wait 4 to 6 months after the implant is placed before he can attach a crown. Why the difference in treatment methods?... Marla in Glendale

A:  Excellent bone quality indicates the ability to load the implant immediately with a temporary crown. Poor bone quality requires time for “osseous integration” which allows your own bone to thoroughly bond to the surface of the titanium implant. Most patients are limited from receiving an immediate temporary at the time of surgical placement of the implant due to bite interferences, oral habits and non-compliance in hygiene.

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