Conventional Dental Implants vs. Enhanced Implants
Dental implant become the ‘standard dental care’ for missing teeth areas. Due to the high level of success with dental implants placement procedures this is the first choice therapy method today. More than 1,300 types of dental implants are available today in different shapes and lengths, made from titanium or zirconium.
Dental implantology was for many years available only for people at the top of the pyramid. It was expensive. This fact was partly the result of a lack of exchange of knowledge between the countries. Another reasons why not everyone could get implants until today are rigidness of science and health insurances demands. In western countries modern therapies were not refunded and treatments in foreign countries were excluded as well. This has kept patients depending on local treatment dentists and their skills.
That has changed, however. The patient becomes mobile and is well informed through the internet. The modern patient does not rely on the advice of “his” doctor, he decides for himself, stripping of the ties created by the preservers of science. He isn’t concerned by political borders, neither by the regulations of his health insurance. As the patients’ demand for implants grow, implantology became cheaper in relation to the average income.
Modern patients must get results right away! Naturally they prefer short time dental procedures instead lengthy and expensive bone buildup procedures.
Jaw Bone situations: resorb bone patterns in the posterior maxilla prevent placement of implant with lengths ≥10mm. In order to attain adequate height for implant placement below the sinus floor, additional bone grafting may be necessary. After sinus bone augmentation, a 6 to 9 month healing period is often required prior to implant placement, which prolongs the healing time and increases costs to the patient. Most posterior mandibular edentulous ridges have minimal bone height and no augmentation solution available.
Looking for implant solutions in these regions and for minimum healing and treatment period, new dental implants were developed: some of them short length screw implants, some of them with anchorage or expandable elements. These implants avoid complication of the procedure (like bone augmentation) and reduce treatment time. The classification of short implant is usually in 5-10 mm length, the expandable and anchorage implants are over 10 mm.