Rochester, NY (PRWEB) March 7, 2006 –-
Recent promotions of one-day dental implant treatments have generated tremendous interest from prospective patients. While it is often possible to complete implant treatment much faster than before, Elmwood Dental Restoration and Implant Center cautions that one-day treatment is not feasible for most patients.
Dental implant treatment has traditionally been completed in a series of steps over a period of several months. This allows for integration of the implant into the patient’s jawbone before it is subjected to the forces of normal chewing. Studies have documented a 98% success rate for implants placed using traditional treatment protocols.
Thanks to advances in the design and construction of dental implants and the development of new treatment protocols, implants can often be completed much faster. Depending on the patient’s treatment goals and general dental health, Elmwood Dental Restoration and Implant Center can now complete treatment in just a few weeks for many patients. According to Elmwood prosthodontist Dr. Frank LaMar, Jr., “The prospect of new teeth in a single appointment is very appealing, but it’s a bit misleading. It’s not risk-free, and it’s not realistic for most patients.”
Factors determining whether rapid implant treatment is appropriate for a particular patient include:
1)The patient’s general dental health: To ensure success, the patient must have sufficient healthy bone for complete implant integration. Pre-implant bone grafting may be required in some cases.
2)Location of the implant site: Eating exerts significantly more force on rear molars than on the front teeth. Faster implant treatment is typically not recommended for molars.
Elmwood further cautions patients to be skeptical of claims that they will be able to eat right after surgery. To ensure complete integration of the implant into the jawbone, patients must eat a soft diet for some period of time and should expect a period of dietary limitations – perhaps as long as several months -- after implant treatment.
Prospective patients should also be aware that one-day implant treatment can have a higher risk of failure. Some research indicates success rates as low as 80% for same-day implant treatment, vs. 98% for traditional implant treatment protocols.
Dr. LaMar recommends that patients weigh the pros and cons of rapid implant treatment. “Discuss your goals, your lifestyle and preferences with your dentist before deciding on a treatment plan. Ask your dentist about success rates for the various treatment options. If your goal is to have strong, healthy teeth for the rest of your life, the fastest treatment may not be the best way to achieve that.”
For more information on dental implants, visit the Elmwood Dental Restoration and Implant Center website at http://www.elmwooddentalimplants.com or call Karon Johnson at (585) 461-4350.
Elmwood Dental Restoration and Implant Center is a state-of-the-art facility where a team of dental specialists solves complex dental problems using the latest technologies in restorative and implant dentistry. The Center is located at 1960 Clinton Avenue South in Rochester, NY.
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