New instrument determines when implants are ready to be restored
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Are we there yet? A new instrument that determines when dental implants are ready to be restored

In the early days of implant treatment, edentulous patients appreciated the miracle of osseointegration and tolerated the typical protocol of waiting six to nine months for integration after placement. As immediate placement/loading became viable options, patients would often ask, “Is my implant ready yet?” and "Why is this taking so long when my friend got a tooth immediately?” These questions prompted the invention of diagnostic tools capable of measuring when an implant is ready to load.

Osseointegration is dependent on a variety of patient-related factors, and because each patient heals differently, load time is different. Two-dimensional imaging is unreliable and three-dimensional imaging can be obscure. But a technique called resonance frequency analysis is an easy, noninvasive way to test maturity of bone around an implant without exposing patients to radiation. The next time a patient asks you, "Are we there yet?" here's what you can say.

Scott Froum, DDS, Editorial Director

Original from Perio-Implant Advisory

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