Recently we came across an ad in a local newspaper. “Fix your mouth in three minutes? No problem!” states this Prosthodontist. Really? An implant surgical procedure is going to be performed in three minutes? Does it sound too good to be true?
An implant needs to be precisely placed. This proper implant positioning and angulation dictates the esthetics and function of the overlying crown or other restoration. Implant drilling location should be verified by dental radiographs prior to insertion of the implant to assure its best positioning between the roots, etc. In other words, the object in implant placement is to drill the implant site slowly, not quickly.
In short, in our opinion, speed is the last qualification for implant placement. We do not feel that “dental implants in 3 minutes” is the way to go.
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Dr. Gerald Marlin is a Washington D.C. specialist in implant, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.Connect with him on Google+.