The harvest while drilling technique – Lake Havasu implants
During most implant procedures, bone that is drilled through for implant placement is removed and wasted. Dr. Kaushesh uses special Trephines that core out the bone so that it can be used. When more bone is needed than can be removed from the implant site, the doctor identifies minimally invasive areas from where it may be taken. These areas include the mandibular, tuberosity, torus, and molar areas where wisdom teeth used to be.
There is minimal risk of injury to the jawbone or nerves when harvesting living bone and placing it where it’s needed. Few stitches are needed and the harvest sites grow new bone when they heal.
Careful observation ensures that the implant isn’t lost
The first three weeks after Havasu dental implant surgery are the most critical. This is when the tongue becomes active and wants to play with the affected area, making the stitches and dental implant healing abutment vulnerable. During this time, Dr. Kaushesh carefully observes the implant site for premature exposure of the implant, food jammed around the area, or loosening of the healing abutment. These issues can cause faulty implant healing because firm tissue is prevented from developing around the site. It’s also important to deal with any premature exposure, inflammation, deep pockets around the implant, or premature opening of the surgical area to maximize the potential for success.
Healing time matters for your Lake Havasu implants
There is no consensus among dental professionals concerning how long implants should remain in the jaw to heal. It’s estimated that an implant should have anywhere from six weeks to six months to heal and Osseointegrate, which means to become one with the jaw so that the crown and denture can be loaded and used. That’s a huge difference in scales of time, and shows that they are based on individual observation instead of evidence-based analysis.
Implant healing time should be based on the patient. The practitioner should place a crown only after the quality of the bone is determined. Implants placed in bone that is harder will heal faster and can be used sooner, sometimes in as little as six weeks. However, implants may heal slower because of various factors like the patients age or whether they have diabetes. In these situations, the implant will heal slower and may require more than 12 weeks before it can be loaded. If an extraction was necessary and extensive bone grafting was done while the implant healed, it will take longer for the implant to heal.
A more accurate digital scan
Rubber and alginate dental impressions often cause gagging and discomfort. Instead of using these tools, we take advantage of the newest CAD CAM technology to create three dimensional scans that are dentists can then use for implant surgery. The benefits are many, and include:
- No distortion of the impression because of tongue movement or saliva.
- No distortion or loss of impression during shipping.
- Faster model-free CAD CAM printed abutments and crowns.
- More accurate and simplified installation of the final work in the mouth.