Smileloc – New Breakthrough Technology

Smileloc – New Breakthrough Technology

Dental implants have been predictably replacing teeth for decades now. The implant acts as if it is the root of the missing tooth, and then a dentist has their lab make a tooth and attaches it to the implant. There have been two ways of attaching a tooth to an implant: 1) cement it on or 2) attach it with a screw. Both of these ways have had known problems, but up until a recent huge breakthrough in technology, those were the only two ways to do it. Now the best technology is available, called “Smileloc.”

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Older techniques of tooth attachment

1.) Cemented-on implant crowns:

This is a very simple way to attach teeth to dental implants, but scientific studies have revealed the problems. First, if the tooth (crown) gets chipped and has to be repaired, the cemented crown cannot be removed. It has to be cut off with a drill and a whole new crown must be made. That costs more money. Most crowns are made of porcelain which is in the glass family of materials; therefore, it is breakable. The second, and more common problem with cemented-on crowns, is the cement. Without it, the crown won’t stay on.  As the implant crown is placed, some of that cement may hide under the gum tissue. Every dentist tries to remove all of the excess cement, but studies have conclusively shown that too often complete removal cannot always be done in up to one-third of the cases.  What happens if even a small amount of cement is left under the gum tissue? Initially, nothing. But studies have shown that within a year or two, the cement may cause an inflammatory reaction. That causes bone loss around the implant, which increases the chances of loss of the whole implant, even if the hiding cement is surgically removed. That costs more money.

2.) Screw-retained implant crowns:

This technique has been used longer than cementing crowns onto dental implants. If the crown gets chipped, the screw that holds it onto the implant allows the crown to be removed, and after the lab repairs it, the same crown can be replaced onto the implant. However, the screw-access channel takes-up room and can be both an unsightly visual blemish and a structural problem. People realize that crowns should not have metal showing in the middle of them, but the screw access channel may show metal, despite the dentist’s attempts at camouflaging it with white fillings. Second, the size of the channel can make front tooth crowns feel noticeably bulky, bothering the tongue. Third, depending upon the location of this screw channel, it may weaken the crown and make it more likely to chip or fracture. Again, costing you more money.

The biggest advance in implant-replaced teeth, which has none of the above problems of the older methods, is called Smileloc technology. We are the first implant practice in the northeast Florida area to work with Smileloc-certified dental labs to help your dentist secure your implant crown(s) without problem-prone cementing or screw-access channels, yet it can quickly and easily be removed, and replaced, by your dentist, if that is ever needed. If you need any teeth replaced by dental implants, you deserve to have those teeth secured by “state of the art” Smileloc technology!

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