Q: I recently had several implants placed in my upper and lower jaw. After the dentist was finished, he took an X-ray to check his work. Although he said everything was fine, I noticed the implants looked tilted on various angles; none being straight up and down. Is this something to be worried about? Jacob in Vero
A: The weather was so bad this past weekend from tropical storm Isaac, I could not swim, bike or run. Bummed-out that my son left for college a week prior, I remained inside with a pile of dental journals. (And an even bigger pile of Entennmans’s chocolate frosted donuts.)
I would not worry one bit on seeing that your implants are not perfectly straight. Many times implants do better placed at an angle to create better distribution of forces when cantilevering several crowns off of them or avoiding important anatomical structures such as the sinuses and the large nerve canal in the lower jaw. A recent article in the Journal of Implantology (my copy covered in chocolate stains) showed a mathematical formula using trigonometry to determine the “safe” distance between tilted implants.
Flapless, incision-free implant surgery will be covered extensively in my next lecture in early October with some great slides! (See info below.)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Mitchell Josephs will be giving a FREE LECTURE on Incision-Free Dental Implant Surgery, Digital Crowns & Veneers, Choosing a Dental Office and NEW TOPICS: “Laser Lip and Gum Treatment” and “Why Botox at the Dental Office?”, at the Double Tree Hotel, PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens on Friday October 5th at 10:00 AM. Attendees will receive a FREE copy of his book: “Tooth Talk”. Only 39 seats remain! Call today to register at 561-832-2917
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry in Palm Beach and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM1230 (www.radiotoothtalk.com) Dr. Josephs is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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