It has been years since we have seen one of our implants, implant crowns, or implant supported partials or dentures have a problem. As a dentist, you always want to provide your patients with a service that they can rely on without worrying. We primarily use Nobel dental implants, which reportedly are the most widely used implants in the world. We love this company, as their implant systems are easy to use and the results are predictable and give years of trouble free service.
Many of our implants are placed the same day we take out a bad tooth that cannot be saved. We get the patient numb, take out the tooth and make sure that area where the tooth is extracted has sufficient bone for the implant. If more bone is needed to support the implant, it is readily added and then the implant is placed. Usually, the implant is solidly integrated with the bone in approximately four months, and we can start our restoration or an attachment to hold down a partial or full denture.
This week, we saw a new patient that chipped an implant-supported crown. The crown was completed in a similar manner to our crowns, so that it could be unscrewed and readily removed from the implant. We treated the crown in our lab with an ultrasonic cleaner, added new porcelain, and placed the crown in the porcelain oven. In less than an hour, our smiling patient had a smooth repaired implant crown that fit perfectly! We had a new patient that couldn’t wait to tell her friends what a wonderful office we had and what great service we provided.