Technology and Expanded Applications of Dental Implantology

Rudy M. Wassenaar, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Abstract:

proud to present the wonders of dental implants in dubai The last two decades have seen huge shifts in the application of dental implantology as it relates to routine dental care. Initially dental implants were primarily used to improve the lives of our edentulous patients. The implants were placed where the bone was and the prosthetic results were more often than not, not much more than a compromise with regards to function, longevity and esthetics. Now we are much better able to create an almost ideal recipient site for implants by using biotechnology. Bone grafting techniques combined with the utilization of autologous growth factors can now predictably create close to ideal recipient sites prior to implant placement and are determined by the prosthetic requirements of the case ahead of time. New implant designs have come on stream that provide great initial stability allowing for immediate placement and immediate load in selective cases, whereas in the past most implants that were placed were two stage. With the introduction of CBCT technology and CAD/CAM design we can now print extremely accurate surgical guides that allow for faster, better and safer surgeries with less morbidity. Paradigms around how many implants are required for fixed prosthetics in edentulous cases have been turned upside down with the advent of the all-on-four technique. There is no question that dental implantology has greatly expanded the options available to our patients. It has transformed periodontology where we no longer do pocket reduction surgery at the rates we used to. It has changed the focus of endodontics where we are now much quicker to remove questionable teeth and place an implant as an alternative. In prosthodontics it has become clear that in fact dental implants are the most conservative option in our arsenal for tooth replacement options: an implant is a one tooth solution to a missing tooth. A bridge is a three tooth solution to a missing tooth.. In orthodontics we can now use TAD implants which has greatly improved the availability of anchorage reducing the need for extra-oral anchorage. As time goes on the prediction is that the dental profession will continue to improve the quality of care for our patients as we continue capitalizing on this momentum that has been gaining traction worldwide.

Biography:

Wassenaar,Rudy M. is a general dentist practicing in rural British Columbia , Canada where he has been since 1987. He graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 1981 with a DMD degree. In 1986 he passed the National Dental Examination Board of Canada requirements for licensure in Canada and moved to Williams Lake, BC Canada. Dr. Wassenaar is a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry and in recognition for his involvement with organized dentistry he received his Fellowship ( 2000) and his Mastership (2007) designation. Dr. Wassenaar is a member of the Alumni Organization of the LD Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education, the American Academy of GP Orthodontics and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In 2001 Dr. Wassenaar received his Fellowship Award from the International Academy of Dental-Facial Esthetics. He is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist and as such has received his Fellowship (2005).Mastership (2007) and Diplomate Award (2011). Dr.Wassenaar studied under Dr.Carl Misch and in recognition of his ongoing involvement with the Misch International Implant Institute received his surgical Fellowship Award in 2011. Dr. Wassenaar has received his certification and credentials from the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry (2014). Dr. Wassenaar is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and as such is currently working towards his Fellowship designation with this organization.

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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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