What is the difference?
The basal implantation technique can be summarized in five points:
- All patients who request the implants can be treated, without exception, regardless of the extent of bone loss or the presence of absence of residual teeth.
- Only a single surgical appointment is required. Basal implants are loaded and splinted immediately or early using long-term provisional bridges. In some cases it is possible to provide the definitive bridge immediately, in other cases the first bridge serves as a long-term temporary.
- The low number of surgical and other treatment steps reduces overall cost. Rapid and effective measures can be taken should complications occur.
- Basal implants hardly interfere with the blood supply to the host bone, at any rate much less than comparable conventional implants.
- Because basal implants can be immediately loaded, patients can quickly resume their normal lives.
Before the advent of basal implants, all patients with an insufficient on supply for immediate placement were forced to undergo the following extensive treatment.
- Removal of all teeth (if required); removal of all granulation tissue, cysts and other undesirable residue from the bone.
- Bone augmentation approximately 2 months later (with potential problems not unlikely to occur at the donor site), followed by a 3- 6-month waiting period
- Insertion of axial implants (screw implants)
- Finally, after another 3- 6 months, insertion of the bridge or other prosthetic superstructure.
In addition to this already tedious treatment plan, soft-tissue corrective measures frequency have often to be taken. Surgical risks accumulate throughout this four-step treatment phase: Despite all efforts and despite all the published claims, the clinical success of dental implantological treatments becomes unpredictable as soon as bone augmentation is required.
The conventional axial implant procedure created a paradoxical situation for most patients: For many months they were forced to do exactly what they were trying so hard to avoid, namely to wear a removable denture. And in many cases things were even worse: There were often times when not even the removable denture could be worn, specifically after the bone augmentation procedure and/or following the insertion of the implants, during the first phase of the waiting period.