In 1982 the Branemark system of dental implants had been introduced to America. It was a machine surfaced cylindrical screw that bore quite a bit of resemblance to implants still used today. They were pretty much made as one-size fits all, and could only be varied in length.
The 1980s was also a time when research into dental implants was strong. The first hurdle to overcome was how to improve osseointegration, the rate and strength with which the implants would bond to the bone cell. Manufacturers tried various chemical coatings to encourage the process, but this proved problematic as the coatings could cause the implant to slip once it had been inserted into the bone.
A successful titanium coating was devised that dramatically improved the bonding. It was due to this influence that modern implants have porous surface areas.
Research continued to improve dental implants, and by the 90s the success rate of the treatment was over 90%. Osseointegration had been improved, and implants were available in all different shape and sizes, custom made to suit the patient. The situation had greatly improved for both dentist and patient, who now had a reliable treatment to work with.
The next avenue of improvement, was to try to reduce the 6 month inactive waiting time between the installation of the implants and the replacement teeth being fitted. Patients at this point were guaranteed 6 months with no teeth. Another avenue of improvement was to try to reduce the number of implants needed in treatment.
The solution to both of these problems came with the Nobel Biocare Teeth In One Day implant, invented in the late 90s, which allowed for a full arch of teeth to be installed with just 4 implants, with a reduction of grafting. Patient’s could also walk away with fully functional temporary replacement teeth on the day of surgery, earning the treatment the nickname ‘Teeth In One Day.’
Nowadays the reliability of dental implants, and the overall comfort and non-invasiveness of the treatment is the best it ever has been, with long term satisfaction ratings of 97-99% being demonstrated. Implants have been roughened and the surface area increased to increase osseointergration, and the Teeth In One Day implants are generally considered the dental implant treatment of modern day. There has never been a better time to get a dental implant.
At Friedman Dental Group we can provide you with any type of modern dental implant treatment that you need, from s single tooth to a whole set of replacements. We offer the Teeth In One Day treatment among our other dental implant options. Contact us today to find out more, or to arrange a free consultation.