A State-of-the-art Solution
The best solution for a missing tooth in terms of longevity, durability, function, aesthetics, and perhaps most importantly, biocompatibility, is a dental implant. At Dental Design Solutions of New Mexico in Albuquerque, we offer the most state-of-the-art dental implant on the market, from OCO Biomedical. This single-stage and instant load-capable implant provides a number of benefits over traditional implant posts, making it an ideal option for our patients. Quite simply, when it comes to dental implants, we feel there is no better solution than that offered by OCO Biomedical. If you opt for this treatment, you’ll appreciate the difference from your first appointment.
We take pride in our work at Dental Design Solutions and strive to provide our patients with superlative results that will satisfy both their oral health and aesthetic needs. If you are missing a tooth or you have a tooth that is severely decayed and in need of extraction, you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. Though dental bridges can also be used to treat gaps in-between teeth, they aren’t as long-lasting and their placement requires modification of surrounding, healthy teeth. With dental implants, no such measures are necessary. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, please contact our Albuquerque dental office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Ziemann. We are a short drive from Santa Fe and Rio Rancho, and serve patients from throughout the area. During your initial consultation, we can examine the health of your teeth and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The OCO Biomedical Dental Implant
We utilize OCO Biomedical dental implants for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the implants’ 99 percent success rate since their introduction in 2002. In simple terms, OCO Biomedical dental implants are the most reliable in the industry. We also employ these implants because they provide a superior alternative to traditional dental implant posts. With a universal implant body to fulfill all of our patients’ needs, patients can enjoy a more cost-effective option as a result of standardization. And through a unique, patent-pending design, OCO Biomedical implants support immediate loading. A specially designed tip – the Bull Nose Auger™ – draws bone up into the implant post as it is inserted and the drill body itself – the Cortic-O Thread™ – locks into cortical bone. In conjunction, these two features provide dual stabilization, maximizing bone contact and preventing lateral occlusal forces on the implant post and abutment. The benefits of such features are tremendous.
A traditional dental implant is a titanium screw that is inserted directly into the jaw bone. Because it lacks the unique features of the OCO Biomedical post, a process known as osseointegration must take place before the post can become load-bearing. This process can take up to six months to complete, during which the bone in the jaw fuses with the titanium post. Though the implant serves as a stable platform for a restoration once this process is complete, the half-year waiting process causes some patients considering dental implants to hesitate, and many opt for dental bridges instead. We are strong proponents of dental implants; if we can offer our patients a solution that will be fast-acting and cost-effective so that they will consider this treatment, we will. The OCO Biomedical dental implant is that solution.
Placing Dental Implants
The process for placing dental implants is simple, and is performed at our Albuquerque office. Many dentists refer this stage of the dental implant process out, but we prefer to handle all aspects of the procedure in-office so that we can maintain control over quality, placement, and aesthetics. When placing OCO Biomedical dental implants, a small drill is used to create a pilot hole. This process allows the post to be screwed directly into the jaw bone. For our patients’ comfort, all procedures are performed using local anesthetic for pain-free treatment. If necessary, sedation dentistry can also be employed to calm your nerves and help provide a calm state of mind. One of the benefits of sedation dentistry is that it has a mild amnesia effect, resulting in little or no memory of your procedure.
Once the implant post has been placed, it can (in most cases) support a dental restoration immediately. This single-stage approach is revolutionary; patients can have their implant post and a temporary restoration placed in the same day, and can leave our office with what is in all practical purposes a brand new, functioning, natural-looking tooth. No fusing of bone to metal is necessary, and the temporary restoration is only required for a short period of time while the implant posts settle. The difference between the old way of doing things and the future of implants (which is available now through OCO Biomedical) could not be clearer.
Nearly anyone who is missing a tooth is a candidate for a dental implant. However, ideally candidates will have at least 10mm of bone at the treatment site. If less than 10mm of bone exists at the treatment site, it may be possible to strengthen the underlying structure of the treatment site though a bone grafting procedure, so that an implant can be placed. Sufficient bone material is particularly important on the upper jaw, as the sinuses lie beneath the bone tissue. If there is inadequate bone on the upper jaw, a sinus lift procedure may be necessary before the implant can be placed.
During your initial consultation at our Albuquerque office with Dr. Ziemann, we’ll discuss dental implants in detail. We advocate patient education at our dental practice and will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision regarding your treatment options. If you are missing a tooth, have a tooth that is severely damaged or decayed, and have sufficient bone tissue in the treatment area, a dental implant is right for you.