Tag Archives for " 3-D Guided Dental Implants "

Aug 10

Efficient dental implants: Incorporating 3-D printing into digital implant planning

By Mike Lomax | 3-D Dental Implants

Efficient dental implants: Incorporating 3-D printing into digital implant planning

Prosthetic-driven dental implant planning and placement form the foundation for success in implant dentistry. Dr. Murtaza Paghdiwala presents a case study that describes how a surgical guide can be planned and fabricated using CBCT technology combined with powerful planning software, and then printed from a mid-level 3-D printer in-house. read more

Aug 10

Your Teeth Are Amazing! 5 Fascinating Facts

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Your Teeth Are Amazing! 5 Fascinating Facts

They help you chew, speak and smile, but how much do you really know about your teeth? Here are some of the “tooth truths” that prove your teeth really are remarkable.

  1. People have been caring for their teeth for centuries.

Did you know the first toothbrushes were actually twigs our ancestors chewed on, using the frayed ends to cleanse their teeth? Around 5,000 B.C., the Egyptians used crushed eggshells and ground animal hooves to clean and polish their teeth. By the 1700s, a British inventor had adapted a design first seen in China – a bone handle with boar bristles inserted into small holes and secured with wire. Modern toothbrushes with nylon bristles arrived in the late 1930s, and the first electric toothbrush was introduced in 1954. read more

Aug 10

Cancer and Dental Health

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Cancer and Dental Health

More than one-third of all cancer patients develop complications that affect the mouth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. These mild to severe side effects can include mouth sores, infection, dry mouth, sensitive gums and jaw pain.

Your mouth health is an important part of your overall health, so make your dentist part of your cancer care team. If you don’t have a regular dentist, use the ADA Find-A-Dentist tool to search for an ADA member dentist in your area. read more

Aug 10

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Single Titanium Dental Implants: A Prospective Multicenter Study with 3 Years of Follow-Up

By Mike Lomax | 3-D Dental Implants

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Single Titanium Dental Implants: A Prospective Multicenter Study with 3 Years of Follow-Up

This prospective 3-year follow-up clinical study evaluated the survival and success rates of 3DP/AM titanium dental implants to support single implant-supported restorations. After 3 years of loading, clinical, radiographic, and prosthetic parameters were assessed; the implant survival and the implant-crown success were evaluated. Eighty-two patients (44 males, 38 females; age range 26–67 years) were enrolled in the present study. A total of 110 3DP/AM titanium dental implants (65 maxilla, 45 mandible) were installed: 75 in healed alveolar ridges and 35 in postextraction sockets. The prosthetic restorations included 110 single crowns (SCs). After 3 years of loading, six implants failed, for an overall implant survival rate of 94.5%; among the 104 surviving implant-supported restorations, 6 showed complications and were therefore considered unsuccessful, for an implant-crown success of 94.3%. The mean distance between the implant shoulder and the first visible bone-implant contact was 0.75 mm (±0.32) and 0.89 (±0.45) after 1 and 3 years of loading, respectively. 3DP/AM titanium dental implants seem to represent a successful clinical option for the rehabilitation of single-tooth gaps in both jaws, at least until 3-year period. Further, long-term clinical studies are needed to confirm the present results. read more

Jul 19

Easy Fixes for Your 3 Most Common Smile Problems

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

Easy Fixes for Your 3 Most Common Smile Problems

Show off a gorgeous smile! Top dentists share their super-easy tips for keeping your teeth in tip-top shape.

ou probably spend plenty of money on skin care products to fight wrinkles and dark spots. But how much attention do you give your smile? Just like your skin changes as you age, your teeth also start to show signs of wear and tear as you get older. According to the World Dental Federation, 90 percent of people across the globe will deal with some sort of oral disease in their lifetime. read more

Jul 19

The Lifespan of a Cap

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

The Lifespan of a Cap

I had a lower jaw tooth pulled several weeks ago and I have been in constant pain ever since. My dentist says I have a dry socket, which he packed with some type of medicine. That helped for a while, but now the pain is almost unbearable again. What can I do to speed up the healing? How long do I have to suffer with this pain?

– Daisy, California

On average, caps (dentists call them crowns) last about ten years. Many last a lot longer but 25 years would be considered excellent longevity. If crowns do last this long, it is a tribute to a top-rate dentist. Today, new caps or crowns are made with thinner, stronger, and more cosmetic porcelain material. Some crowns are still appropriately made with a metal/gold foundation. Your dentist’s recommendation to replace crowns is a judgment call based on decay, fracture of the old crown, poor cosmetic look, or loose teeth that need splinting or joining together. In your case, there may be other reasons to replace them of which I’m not aware. read more

Jul 19

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease another Reason to Brush Your Teeth and Take Your Statin

By Mike Lomax | Uncategorized

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease another Reason to Brush Your Teeth and Take Your Statin

If you are an adult then there is a good chance that you have some form of periodontal disease.  It is estimated that 47% of adults are affected by periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums of our mouths.  It can range from a simple form with local inflammation to severe forms that can cause significant damage to the tissues around the teeth and the bones. read more

Jul 19

7 Lies Your Dentist Knows You’re Telling

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

7 Lies Your Dentist Knows You’re Telling

People tend to stretch the truth a little bit when they visit their dentist. And dentists know it, says Shawn Adibi, DDS, an associate professor in the department of general practice and dental public health at the University of Texas at Houston.

For example, when patients say they floss once a week, notes Dr. Adibi, some dentists might assume they mean something like every other week. read more

Jul 05

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica has been popular for many years now, particularly with Americans and Canadians.

According to the Euromonitor, about 90% of plastic surgery and dentistry work in Costa Rican hospitals is performed on foreign tourists. Thus, when you choose Costa Rica for dental work, you are making a decision that many have made before you. read more