Q: Dear dental brain. What should we be aware of in 2018 as far as developments in implants?
A: You see something new every day. Ten minutes ago, while coming back from lunch, I saw a man taking a walk while reading a book. Not a pamphlet, or magazine; I mean a book like a novel. This was new to me. I heard of people listening to podcasts and books on tape, but never one strolling with a Harry Potter hard cover in hand; eyes focused on the pages.
2018 Dental Implant Research Update
I decided to give this a try.
After I was discharged from the emergency room, I wrote this column. (My ankle, knee and hip is 100% ok, but took on the shade of Manischewitz Passover Wine). What was I reading? The December 2017 of the JOI, Journal of Oral Implantology, of course.
- A study in Italy on rabbits tested if gluing blocks of bone to the jaw bone with cyano-acrylate (ie. Crazy Glue) can add bone to deficient areas to allow for dental implants. Guess what? It doesn’t. (Gee, I’m shocked). Warning: When you lose a tooth, don’t wait too long before placing your implant, the bone atrophies, and you will be stuck with a denture.
- For patients that have bone grafts, covered over with metal mesh, often the metal pokes through the gum during healing. This can easily be removed, without interfering with the healing of the graft material and not requiring further surgery
- Denture users are not capable of “stereognosis”, the ability to perceive shapes and textures by feeling things in the mouth. This greatly reduces the quality of life in enjoying and properly chewing food, leading to depression and gastrointestinal diseases.
- Periodontal disease around dental implants, known as implantits, is more difficult to treat than the same disease around natural teeth. Our hygienist used special Teflon and titanium scalers to clean implants to prevent this.
- If finances or limited amounts of bone is only allowing you to have a removable denture that clips to dental implants, make sure you go for four implants, not two. Studies show two implants placed in the front third of the arch of the lower jaw where your front teeth used to be, has too much stress and can lead to implant failure.
- Don’t read and walk at the same time. AND, attend our FREE seminar to the public: “Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry Update” on March 16 th at 11:00 AM at the Double tree hotel, PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens. Call or email today to sign up, as seating is limited!
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.