Dental Implant choices
Dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing missing or failing teeth. They are continually going through evolution as technology pushes the envelope. A recent article in the Harvard Letter talk about Big Advances for Dental Implants, you can read the article here. Consult with Dr Uchida on your options, after an evaluation, he will be able to determine what your best choices are.
Dr Uchida took his training for this surgery from Dr Yvan Fortin in Montreal, Canada. He is the only dentist in Honolulu to offer both the surgery and restoration in the same office. He has been doing zygomatic surgery since 2015.
The zygomatic implant is used to anchor implants into the rear upper arch where bone is often low in volume and quality. It is used along with the All-On-4 technique or with regular dental implant procedures. The Zygoma (cheekbone ) is used as the primary stability point because it is very dense bone. The zygoma implant is rather long implant being from 30-50mm. It has a very high success rate. The zygoma surgery is considered one of very high level of difficultly.
The Gold Standard
The cost effective implant
With Mini Implants Experience is Crucial. Dr Uchida has been placing Mini Implants since 2000.
New FDA applications for the mini implant allows for more options than ever at a price point that will allow more people to get their implant work done.
It is a relatively recent development and we are excited about the possibilities.
We have placed hundreds of mini implants over the years but they were for the lower denture only. Now, we are expanding the role of the mini implant.
From single tooth to bridge to supporting full arch fixed and removable teeth. Bone volume and quality are evaluated with a CT scan prior to performing mini implants.
Let’s see what options mini implants bring.
Mini Overdenture (stabilize) loose dentures. Lower denture with 4 implants. Upper denture with 6 implants.
Hybrid mini bridge (Semi-Removeable) 6-10 implants. A hybrid bridge that can be detached by the dentist as needed at recall cleaning visits.
Roundhouse mini bridge (Non-Removeable) Involves placement of between 10-12 implants. The final bridge is cemented into place.
Single crowns that are cemented in place.
Bridges that are cemented in place.