A dental implant is an artificial root that is placed in the bone to replace missing teeth or stabilize a denture. There are many reasons to have a dental implant placed. Replacing missing teeth is very important to maintain the ability to properly chew your food and not have all your biting on just one side of your mouth. For wearers of dentures, having a loose denture is a nightmare. Using dental implants to stabilize the denture can completely change how you eat and smile.
Traditional implants are placed by cutting a flap of gum to expose the bone, then drilling a hole 5-6 mm wide (about the size of a No. 2 pencil). The implant is placed into the bone and the area is left alone to heal for about 2-3 months. At the second visit, a small amount of gum is removed to uncover the implant and place a healing cap onto it. Then an abutment can be placed which connects the implant from below the gum to a visible above the gum structure upon which a crown (cap) can be fabricated.
Minimally Invasive Ozone Implants
Minimally invasive ozone implants are very different from the traditional implants. At the initial visit we take an impression of the area that is going to have the implant. There is no need to cut a flap of gum, a tiny hole is made through the gum and a very small hole is made in the bone (2 mm). The area is then treated with ozone gas to kill any bacteria and speed up the healing process. Then a very small implant is placed gently into the bone using ozonated oil to create a bacteria free area and allow for much faster healing. This mini implant has the abutment attached to it as one piece so that no extra visit is necessary. At the same visit that we place the implant, we can also place the finished restoration, the crown.
The advantages of minimally invasive ozone implants
Fewer visits to the dentist
most cases can be done in two visits
Less invasive surgery
no cutting of the gum versus cutting it twice
A 2 mm hole in the bone instead of a 5-6 mm hole
Use of ozone to kill bacteria and speed up the healing process
Little to no discomfort after the procedure
Lower cost due to fewer visits and fewer parts
Can fit into places traditional implants will not go
Because of its smaller size, these can fit into smaller spaces
Dr. Peter Silver, DDS has been practicing Minimally Invasive Ozone Dentistry for over 18 years and is a founding member of the International Association of Ozone in Healthcare and Dentistry. To see if you are a candidate for this procedure, please call Dr. Silver's office at 212-924-6890 or email [email protected].
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