Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more teeth and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants. A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth and is made from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI) to exacting specifications. Initially, the implant is placed into the jawbone either immediately after the loss of a tooth, or after an extended period of time. If there is insufficient bone, various bone enhancing procedures can be performed prior to the implant placement. An abutment, which acts as a base for a prosthetic tooth replacement such as a crown, is inserted into the implant at the time of implant placement, or subsequently after a period of healing.

In the past, dentists would try to keep or replace teeth with treatments such as root canals, bridges, and fixed or removable dentures. Unfortunately, a significant number of root canal treated teeth fail, bridges require that healthy adjacent teeth be cut down and removable dentures can often be unstable and require the use of sticky adhesives. Dental implants are a solution to these problems, and many of the concerns associated with natural teeth are eliminated, including dental decay.

Am I a candidate for a dental implant?
The placement of a dental implant is typically completed in less than an hour, as an office procedure with only local anesthesia. Post-operative discomfort is normally less than that of a tooth extraction. For aesthetic reasons, it is often possible to have a fixed transitional restoration immediately after implant placement so that you are never without a tooth. After a period of three to six months of healing, the temporary healing abutment is removed from the implant and a final abutment is inserted into the implant. A crown or removable denture is secured to this abutment as the final restoration.

What is a dental implant?
The dental implant serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. It is machined from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI) to exacting specifications. A dentist places the implant into either the upper or lower jawbone. After a period of time, the implant integrates with the bone and becomes a secure anchor for a replacement tooth, a fixed bridge, a removable partial, or a complete denture.

Am I a candidate for a dental implant?
If you are missing one or more teeth, then you may be a candidate for a dental implant. Your dentist will be able to discuss your individual clinical situation. Dental implants will allow you to smile, speak, and eat with confidence and comfort.

Can a Bicon implant be used as an alternative to root canal treatment?
YES! Not all teeth are good candidates for root canal treatment. Root canal treated teeth are susceptible to decay and fracture, while implants are not susceptible to decay and almost never break. Bicon implants are an excellent and prudent alternative to the root canal, post and core, crown lengthening, and crowning procedures. Often, the cost of saving a tooth with a variety of treatments can exceed that of the placement and restoration of a Bicon implant.

Is the implant ever rejected by the body?
The implant is machined from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI), which is a biocompatible material. However, there is a slight possibility that it will not integrate with bone. If this were to occur, the implant would be replaced with another one. It is highly unlikely that the second implant would not integrate.

What if I smoke?
Smoking can inhibit proper healing of an implant. However, this does not prevent smokers from having implants successfully placed and restored. You should speak with your dentist for more specific information relating to your dental needs and the effects of smoking.

How much pain will I experience?
Usually minimal to none. While undergoing treatment, you will receive local anesthesia. (Some clinicians may choose to use other forms of anesthesia.) You may have mild post-surgical soreness for up to 72 hours. An over-the-counter pain reliever will alleviate the discomfort for most patients.

What will the appearance of my mouth look like during my treatment?
During treatment, your dentist may be able to provide you with a transitional prosthesis that will have the look and feel that you need during this period of healing. With the Bicon implant, it is often possible to have a fixed transitional tooth immediately after the placement of the implant.

How much time is required to have an implant procedure?
A single dental implant placement is usually completed in less than an hour as an office procedure with local anesthesia. The implant is then allowed to heal with the bone for a minimum of eight weeks. If you have poor quality bone and bone-grafting procedures are necessary, the overall process can take up to 12 months or more. Your dentist will determine which surgical procedure is best for you.

How much will it cost and does insurance cover implant treatment?
Costs vary depending upon the clinician you choose for your treatment and upon your individual dental needs. In general, implants are not covered by insurance. Detailed questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist or your insurance provider.

Why choose Bicon?
The simple and elegant design of the Bicon implant has a bacterially-sealed connection with the possibility for 360 degrees of universal abutment positioning. The design provides your dentist with the unique clinical flexibility of utilizing shorter implants with extra-orally cemented crowns or the screwless and cementless Abutment Crowns. With either technique you can almost always be assured of a natural looking gum line and a beautiful smile. Bicon is known for the finest aesthetics.

How do I properly maintain the implant once treatment is completed?
Ironically, dental implants require less maintenance than a natural tooth. Simply brush it as though it were a natural tooth.

What is a sinus floor bone augmentation?
When an upper posterior tooth is lost, the floor of the maxillary sinus drops down into the space formerly occupied by the root of the lost tooth. In order to place an implant, it is often necessary to put the sinus floor back up to where it originally was by adding a synthetic bone substitute. This procedure is called a sinus floor bone augmentation or a sinus lift.

What is a ridge split?
After the loss of a tooth, the bone formerly around the tooth is resorbed — often leaving a very narrow ridge of bone. In order to place an implant, the ridge of bone is split as though it were a piece of corrugated cardboard being expanded to provide a wider space between each side. For the upper jaw, this is accomplished at the same time that the implant is placed; the lower jaw requires a second surgical visit approximately three weeks later.

What is a bone graft?
A bone graft is a surgical procedure for adding height or width to a jawbone in order to increase its volume for the placement of an implant.

The Bicon Advantage

What are the benefits of the Bicon Implant System?
Bicon dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the inconveniences and embarrassment associated with tooth loss. Bicon implants may be used to replace one or all of your missing teeth, and are a prudent alternative to root canal treatments. They can improve your appearance, speech, and ability to chew and enjoy food. If you currently have dentures, Bicon implants can provide better support. No longer will you suffer the embarrassment and discomfort of loose dentures or the inconvenience of sticky adhesives. Once fully integrated with your jawbone, the implant is secure and stable. Bicon implants require minimal maintenance and cannot decay, unlike root canal treated teeth. Also, because of Bicon’s elegant design, clinicians can virtually guarantee that a patient will never have a dark, metallic gum line as is often associated with other dental implant systems.

How are Bicon implants different from other implant systems?
Most implant systems are comprised of several components, which are held together by screws with a septic connection and bacterial seepage. The crown is often affixed to the implant with an additional screw. As any engineer knows, screws inherently loosen and break. Conversely, the Bicon implant system is comprised of only two components, with a bacterially-sealed, 1.5˚ locking taper connection. The two components are the implant, which is the portion that goes into the jawbone, and the abutment, which fits into the implant and provides a solid base for a permanent crown or removable denture. Because of Bicon’s elegant design, it has a greater surface area for its size, enabling the use of shorter implants, which reduce the need for bone grafting procedures. Also, Bicon’s design provides for 360˚ of universal abutment positioning. This allows for the use of extra-orally cemented crowns, as well as the screwless and cementless Bicon Integrated Abutment Crown™, assuring natural looking gum lines and a beautiful smile.

The Locking Taper
The 1.5 degree tapered post of the Bicon abutment locks into the implant with friction. It is the metal-to-metal contact of the post against the implant wall that makes a secure, reliable, and bacterially-sealed connection.

Surgical Options

Immediate Function
Immediately after the placement of the implant, a transitional tooth is inserted into the implant, which not only stabilizes the implant but also provides the patient with a functioning tooth during the 3-4 months of healing.
  • Functioning transitional teeth after patient’s first appointment.
  • Treatment may be completed in only 3 visits.
  • Implant placement to final restoration possible in 4 months.
  • Patient is never without a fixed tooth.

1) Radiograph of upper jaw without teeth before placement of eight implants.
2) Transitional functioning teeth immediately after implant placement.
3) Radiograph of functioning transitional teeth and eight implants.
4) Final restoration with Abutment Crowns.

After the extraction of the tooth and subsequent implant placement, a healing abutment is inserted into the implant to facilitate the formation of a soft tissue sulcus around the implant.
  • Healing abutment facilitates formation of soft tissue sulcus.
  • Eliminates need for a second surgical procedure to uncover implant.
  • Implant placement to final restoration possible in 4 months.

1) Site of failed root canal and fixed bridge prior to implant placement.
2) Site of failed root canal and fixed bridge prior to implant placement.
3) Abutment Crown being seated in the implant.
4) Radiograph of three cementless and screwless Abutment Crowns in implants.

After the implant is placed, it is covered by the gum tissue throughout the healing process. After a period of healing, the implant is surgically uncovered for the insertion of an abutment.
  • Implant is covered by the gum tissue throughout the healing process.
  • Implant is uncovered at a second surgical visit.
  • Implant placement to final restoration possible in 4 months.

1) The implant is in the bone beneath the gum tissue during the healing period.
2) After healing, an opening trough the gum was made for the insertion of the abutment.
3) Then a Porcelain crown is cemented onto the abutment.
4) Radiograph of final restoration.

Restorative Options

Fixed Prosthetics

Individual Teeth
Implants can be restored by intra-orally or extra-orally cementing porcelain crowns to their abutments.

1) Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns: View of a PFM crown on an implant. Radiograph shows porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crown and implant.
2) All-Ceramic Crowns: Two all-ceramic crowns on implants. Radiograph shows two all-ceramic crowns and implants.
3) Abutment Crowns: An AC being inserted into an implant. Top right shows full complement of individual aesthetic restorations. Radiograph shows thirteen Abutment Crowns and Implants.

Although it is best to copy natural dentitions and have one implant per tooth, in certain situations it may be practical to utilize a fixed-bridge prosthesis.

Four-tooth implant bridge being inserted into two implants. Center shows implant bridge after insertion. Radiographs shows four-tooth implant bridge on two implants.

Implant overdenture are as the cosmetic denture but use magnets attached to implants to keep your dentures secure and supported.

Dental Magnetic Attachments
A dental magnetic attachment is a ultra-small magnet. This unique technology uses a compact, powerful and corrosion-resistant product, with the attachment now drawing increasing attention.
This a very reliable attachment system, with great results.

Fundamental principle