Techniques and methodologies relating to implant dentistry continue to evolve, and while each case is unique, two options for implant restorations remain—screw-retained and cement-retained. As reported by Spear Education, both treatments provide predictability. Yet, there are advantages and disadvantages to both, leading dental professionals and specialists to consider each on a case-by-case basis.
Screw-retained implant restorations are easy to remove and adjust, and have a known retention rate. While they might be considered unappealing in some instances due to the position of the implant, there is no risk of residual cement. This is perhaps the greatest advantage.
On the other hand, cement-retained implant restorations do not rely upon the position or angulation of the implant. What’s more is that they generally look better. However, they can be difficult to remove and research continues to document problems associated with residual cement.
Despite the advantages and disadvantages with screw-retained versus cement-retained implant restorations, it’s important to understand that each case is different. In turn, the mechanics involved in placing implants such as the location and size of the implant, as well as the abutments used will make a difference in the aesthetics and overall integrity of the restoration. To combat problems with cement extrusion, for instance, modifications to the abutments used have been made. This allows for the majority of the cement to remain inside the crown restoration, instead of extruding outside of the cap. While this might strengthen the case for cement-retained types, some research suggests that individuals suffer considerable bone loss. However, screw-retained restorations pose a risk for breakdown of the ceramic material, given that a screw runs through it.
Superior, Patient-Centered Care For Those With Missing Teeth
At ABQ Dentures, Dr. Darren C. Norby and Dr. Peter Roukema provide superior, patient-centered care for those with missing teeth. Though they specialize in dentures only, they provide expertise in revolutionary implant retained and implant supported dentures. Thus, when it comes to implant restorations, Drs. Norby and Roukema have the ability to walk patients through every step of the process so that they can make well-informed decisions along the way.
To schedule your appointment, contact ABQ Dentures in Albuquerque today.
Posted on behalf of ABQ Dentures