Bicon Dental Implants
Implants are the rage in Dentistry today. Dental Journals are full of implant this and implant that. Major manufacturers are touting the advantages of their systems and vying for market share. So what are dental Implants and what do you need to know about them? The primary thing that you need to know is that Dental Implants can be an excellent and sometimes exclusive way of replacing missing teeth. They also work wonders in stabilizing dentures, particularly lower dentures.
Basically a dental implant is a piece of metal placed into the bone for a period of about six months, while the bone grows around the implant. Today almost all dental implants are made of the same material, Ti6Al4V. This aerospace alloy is strong and tends to “cold weld” to itself. This cold welding property is the basis for the Bicon system, which we believe to be the best implant system in the world today.
The cut away drawing to the left shows the Bicon dental implant and its abutment post. The implant is hollow and the post is driven down (gently) into the implant to form a friction fit. This fit is tight enough to prevent bacteria from entering the locking taper and forming a colony. This approach has the additional advantage of preventing the problem of screw loosening. In other systems a screw holds the implant post into the implant. This screw can become loose leading to loss of the implant or the bridge or attachment placed onto the post. With no screw to become loose the Bicon system avoids this problem.
Imagine your self in the position of the patient who’s Xray is shown at the right. His front tooth had to be extracted leaving him with a gap right in the front. His treatment alternatives were a bridge, which means grinding down the teeth on either side of the gap, or a removable denture (flipper or upper partial denture), or an implant, or joining the staff of Hee-Ha (joke).
In his particular case he chose to have the tooth extracted and the implant placed at the same time as the extraction, which can sometimes be done. His case was finished after four months of healing time. We have had good luck with the Bicon system in our practice, and have had several patients claim that their single implants didn’t even hurt.