(Reading this is very important if you are considering dental implant therapy as one of your options. Dr. Bonnick visited the facility in Germany on February 16-20, 2008 to observe the actual production of dental implants and can assure you they are of the highest quality. He was part of a VIP contingency from North America invited to see the latest in dental implant research at the University in Frankfurt and in Bonn.)
In 1917 a general dentist by the name of Bob Greenfield from Wichita Kansas obtained the first patent for a tooth replacement system in the USA. Between that time and the mid 1980’s dentists who placed implants were considered to be practicing with a very unpredictable mode of therapy, and majority of these specialty dentistry programs did not sanction the use of dental implants.
The tide turned when a physician from Sweden’studying bone repair happened to notice that the bone cells liked to grow around titanium. For twenty years they researched on their population and came up with protocols for what they called “osseointegration.”?These findings were presented at a North American Conference and the companies started to sell the system to hospitals as most of their protocols were hospital driven. The hospitals used the protocols and started to train oral surgeons to place dental implants, andPeriodontists (treat diseases of the gum and associated support tissues) and Prosthodontists (replacement specialists for missing facial structures)’started incorporating implant training into their dental programs.”A US dentist by the name of Gerald Niznick decided to patent his own system of titanium implants and started to sell them to and train general dentists in implant dentistry. In recent times Endodontists (root canal specialists), and Orthodontists ( braces and other devices to straighten teeth) have started adopting implant placement into their general protocols.
I was fortunate enough to work with a surgical team that first started using dental implants from Sweden and spent some time with the team at Long Island Jewish Medical Center as they voluntarily treated patients injured in battle.
There are certain advantages for a patient who needs dental implant therapy as well as cosmetic rehabilitation, root canal and bridges as well as dentures in going to an office that can provide all those services during the same appointment when it is feasible. In our North Carolina implant dentistry office we “start with the end in mind.” We design the anticipated smile results and instead of just giving a patient some implants, we place the implants in the best position to facilitate the end result. We have a great relationship with our dental specialists and often utilize them when we have advanced periodontal disease or if patient has lost so much bone that they require procedures like a “hip graft.” The American Dental Association has voted against having “Implantology” as a specialty, but it is agreed that placement of dental implants requires specialized training. (See About Dr. Bonnick)
As the general population becomes more educated about the benefits of having dental implants, the demand will exceed the dental community’s ability to fill that need. People realize that loss of teeth will eventually lead to loss of bone in the jaw that not only affects the looks of a patient but severely limits their ability to process nutritional food. To help offset the problem our implant dentistry office is not only dedicated to providing dental implants to patients, we are dedicated to help educate our colleagues in implant dentistry. We continually update our education with staying current with the literature as well as staying abreast by maintaining our credentials with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Many people who are perfect candidates for dental implants avoid them because they think implants might be expensive or painful. If you re afraid of implant dentistry even if you re a perfect candidate for it, read our top ten reasons for considering dental implants.
What Are Dental Combination Cases
Our implant dentistry office can handle “combination cases where we take care of multiple problems including dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and dental cleanings all in one sitting. Learn more about these combination cases by contacting us today.
Implant Dentistry Treatments
Dr. Bertrand Bonnick is one of the first doctors in the area to use the process of virtual surgery. This process was designed to vastly improve implant dentistry for both doctors and patients.” He has also taken the Nobel Biocare crowns in virtual surgery.
Dental implants can not only improve a patient’s physical appearance, but they can also actually save a life. Read the story about how denture implants may have improved Dr. Bonnick’s grandmother’s quality of life.
Cosmetic Benefits of Implant Dentistry
Because dental implants support the lower jaw, they can help patients look younger for longer. Learn more about how dental implants can replace the bone lost during tooth decay, leading to a longer, healthier life.
Contact our office today to learn more about dental implants and find out if they are right for you or a loved one.