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:
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone to replace a missing tooth’s root. Dental implants allow patients to have teeth restored without removing tooth structure from adjacent teeth. Having an implant placed will typically help you prevent the loss of bone in the area. Dental implants are placed sub-gingivally or beneath the tissue level. [Read more…] about What is a Dental Implant?