Metal Free Dental Implants

Dr. Lago began working with implants in 1991 and in 2004 learned of a new ceramic type implant. While at a conference he befriended a colleague who later exposed that he was one of the pioneers in this new treatment. By God’s grace Dr. Lago was invited to be a protege and do a 4 week internship in Europe with Dr. Bob.

Metal Free Dental implants are surgically fixed substitutes for roots of missing teeth. Inserted in the jawbone, they act as anchors for a replacement tooth, often referred to as a crown, or a complete set of replacement teeth. The point of dental implant surgery is to place non-metallic anchors in the jaw bone so they can receive the replacement teeth and hold them permanently. Dental implants should be considered as a choice for replacing failing or missing teeth and regularly provide more foreseeable results than bridgework, resin bonded bridges, or endodontic treatment. By replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant, the health and function of the encircling teeth is maintained. The implant can stop tooth migration and loss of structure and will help in avoiding loss of bone from the jaw in that area.

Further, implants scale back the impact of the lost tooth on surrounding teeth, as conventional bridge structures frequently need reduction ( filing down ) of the 2 flanking teeth to hold the bridge in place with a crown. Implanting avoids such modifications to the adjacent / encircling teeth when replacing a lost tooth.

When replacing dentures, implants can supply far more benefits. Implants will prevent movement and slippage of dentures thereby avoiding limitations of the diet to simply softer foods as can occur with poorly fitting dentures. If the jaw bone is an appropriate candidate for an implant, implants are the most beneficial technique available to surgically revive several missing teeth to their original conditions.

In general, implants that are placed in the bone are called endosteal implants or anchors and are made from zirconiun, titanium or a titanium amalgamate. After placement of the metal implant a cover screw is put in and the wound is closed with stitches and permitted to heal. With non-metal zirconium implants the cover screw and 2nd surgery is not neccessary.

The surgerical process occurs in the following. Under local anesthesia, the 1st step for all implant procedures is the exposure of the bone where the implant is to be placed. This is followed by placement of the implant into the exposed site.

Generally, placements in the lower jaw need to heal about 3 to 4 months, while placements in the upper jaw need to heal about 5 to 6 months. After healing, in a second medical technique, the implant is exposed, the cover screw is removed, and a healing abutment or a non permanent crown is placed on the implant. Again, this procedure is not neccesary with non-metallic / zirconium implants. Transient crowns are often utilized for esthetic reasons, when the implant is in a place that’s aesthetically important. The non permanent crowns permit the tissue around the implant to guide the growth of the new soft tissue ( gum ). After roughly 2 months the delicate tissue will be healed allowing us to order the final prosthetic tooth. Impressions are used in making custom abutments that take under consideration the neck morphology of the implant. In regards to the non-metallic zirconium implant the final prosthetic tooth is then permanently cemented on to the abutment / post of the implant.

This multi-stage process, where the two medical procedures are divided by a long healing time, has proved to provide stability in the final implant. Single step surgical implants such as non-metallic zirconium are now available in the USA; However, more precaution is needed during the healing process.

Environmental & Biological Dentistry
3 S. Prospect (Suite #9)
Park Ridge, IL 60068 (ten minutes from O' Hare International Airport)
Phone: +1 (847) 823-3441