Narrow Diameter Dental Implants Create New Smiles… Faster

Replacing missing teeth with implants has been an option for patients for many years. But in recent years, this process has become much simpler and less time-consuming for dental implant patients in Lawrence. Dr. Patrick Moriarty, a Lawrence dentist with Enhance Dental Care of Lawrence, explains some of the advancements that have been made in this field.

In the past, when a patient in Lawrence wanted dental implants, it was a long process that spread out over two to three months. In the first visits, an impression of the patient’s mouth would be made, and titanium posts would be implanted into the jaw bone of the patient. A temporary crown would be made to place on the post, allowing time for the bone to heal and the permanent crown to be made by a lab from the impression previously taken. It would typically take between two and three months for a patient to finally have their permanent crown placed onto the titanium post.

One of the major advancements that has taken place in regards to dental implants in Lawrence are narrow diameter implants. Narrow diameter implant posts are smaller in diameter and less invasive than traditional dental implants. When you have narrow diameter implants, there is no need for bone grafting, as less bone needs to be present than previously needed for conventional implants.

The procedure for narrow diameter dental implants in Lawrence happens as such. First, the patient goes into the office, and has an impression made. The impressions are sent to a lab, and the final crowns are received a few weeks later. Once this occurs, the patient comes back into the office, and is able to have the narrow diameter implant put into place and a crown placed onto the implant, all in one sitting. “This makes it a lot easier on the patient,” says Dr. Moriarty.

The narrow diameter implants are just as strong as conventional. Both narrow diameter and conventional implants have about an 80% success rate. In the chance that a narrow diameter implants fails, it can easily be removed. Then, a waiting period of about 3-4 months needs to be followed, in order to allow the bone to heal and fill back in. Following this healing, a narrow diameter implant can be placed back into that same spot with no problems.

Another advancement in technology for dental implants in Lawrence is the utilization of the CEREC machine. CEREC, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is a machine that allows permanent crowns to be made in the office while the patient waits. Since it can take an outside lab approximately two weeks to create a crown, by visiting an office that uses the CEREC machine, it expedites the process for patients, allowing them to have their crown placed in one visit. CEREC also allows for the custom modifications right there in the office. Therefore, this means that if adjustments need to be made, the crowns do not have to go back and forth between the office and the lab.

If you are thinking of getting dental implants in Lawrence, contact Enhance Dental Care of Lawrence to schedule an appointment to see if you can benefit from narrow diameter implants and their in-office CEREC machine.

Dr. Patrick Moriarty
Enhance Dental Care of Lawrence
3514 Clinton Parkway, Suite G

Lawrence, KS 66047
Phone: 785-832-2882

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.

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