Dr. Holbrook offers the following dental implant alternatives:
Immediate Load Dental Implants (Same Day Implants)
Immediate Load Dental Implants also called “same day implants” allow placement of a temporary tooth (crown) during the same appointment as a dental implant placement. The long-term custom crown will be placed in about three to six months. The procedure is best for patients who have enough natural bone and implants that are secure enough to support immediate placement and pressure on the new temporary tooth.
Mini dental implants (MDIs), are sometimes referred to as small diameter or narrow diameter implants (SDIs or NDIs). These are dental implants that are smaller than the most commonly used dental implant sizes. They are placed through less-invasive techniques and measure less than 3 millimeters in diameter. Standard implants are slightly larger, usually 3.25-5 millimeters in diameter. Mini implants are often used to secure a complete lower or loose denture and in patients who are not candidates for traditional dental implant surgery.
All-on-4 is an alternative approach to place a full arch (top or bottom set) of fixed, replacement teeth. The All-on-4 concept involves placing implants in available bone thereby avoiding the need for bone grafting. Special abutments allow a temporary set of replacement teeth to be placed the same day and used with a modified diet while gum tissues heal and the implants integrate with natural bone. After about six months, the final teeth are then placed and the patient is able to resume a normal diet.
The All-on-4 approach involves multiple appointments, typically including one or two consultation and planning visits, one to place the dental implants and temporary teeth, check-ups during the six month healing period, and another appointment to place the replacement teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in alternative dental implants treatments and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (505) 881-1159 to schedule a consultation at our office in Albuquerque, NM.