Should I platform switch dental implant abutments? This may have been somewhat of a controvery a decade ago but there is plenty of scientific data to support the efficacy and benefits at this point. A platform switch is using a smaller diameter abutment on a larger diameter implant platform. In addition to the aesthetic benefits discussed later, platform switching allows the patient to more effectively clean the dental implant site. A popular thought with the machine fit implants is that bugs/ bacteria are able to live right at the implant/abutment junction and prevent bone adaptation. The platform switch allows the junction to be more easily cleansed therefore allowing for better integration of bone in the area. Two additional benefits are:
While there are many things to consider when creating an incredible smile design, here are four topics the trio of dentist, technician and patient should have prior to any start of treatment. These will ultimately lead to a successful smile design and everyone smiling.
There are many factors to consider when creating a beautiful smile design. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and a smile design definitely fits the saying. These are universal principles, however a patients personal preferences will also need to be discussed prior to fabrication of the veneers or all porcelain crowns. The top 10 smile design considerations are listed below, broken down into two segments, facial and dental components.