The differences between one-phase immediate loading, versus traditional two-phase implants
Generally speaking, all kinds of dental implants replace the natural tooth root, whether one-phase implants or conventional two-phase ones. However, there are major differences between implants, implantation techniques, tools used and implantation workflows. Based on our current knowledge, it can be stated that the most modern and efficient implantation method known today is one-phase implants.
One significant difference is that while one-phase implants can be implanted immediately after the removal of untreatable teeth, this is just not possible with two-phase implants. It is important to note that implants may not be in the exact position of the extracted teeth! This technique is a big step towards and was developed in response to patient demand for impeccable treatment at a rapid turnaround time. Furthermore, it means to the patients only one treatment instead of two. This significantly shortens the travel time spent on treatment and the costs involved in each visit.
In this perspective article, we are going to compare the key aspect and success ratio of one-phase implants with conventional two-phase dental implants. So, without any further ado, let’s get started.
THE PRICE OF TREATMENT. A denture, fixed on one-phase implants (other words: Immediate Loading Implants) is comparatively cheaper and more pocket-friendly compared to the two-phased conventional dental implants, mostly because of reduced treatment stages and due to the use of fewer implant elements. One-phase implants are just one-piece!
APPLICABILITY. Compared to conventional dental treatment, one phase immediate loading implant is still applicable in the case of significant bone deficiency, which is a huge benefit for those who are struggling with this and therefore a two-phase implant cannot be the solution for them. Not to mention, this method is less traumatic than the conventional one.
TREATMENT DURATION. Full mouth restoration (dentures for the upper and lower jaw) with one-phase immediate loading implants, in 95% of cases done within 5 days!
1st Time: IMPLANTATION
Removal of teeth that are unsuitable for prosthetic care, implantation of the needed number of Immediate Loading Implants, taking Impressions for dentures.
2nd Time: FRAME FITTING
Fitting of the metal frames that are carrying the teeth on the dentures.
3rd Time: DENTURE FITTING
Fitting and adjustment of the long-term, temporary dentures.
4th Time: INSTALLATION
Delivering the long-term, temporary dentures.
5th Time: CHECKUP
Testing and adjustment of the dentures
SIMPLE SURGICAL INTERVENTION. It is important to mention that the surgical procedure of single-phase implants is much simpler, causes much less discomfort to the patient! To give you just one example, there is no need for a complete incision and suture of the gums, as is the case with two-phase implants.
TEMPORARY DENTURES. With one-phase implants, the patient will get a long-term, temporary denture on the 4th day, which is included in the price. These dentures are made with the same care and expertise as the later permanent dentures but are made of less expensive material, as it is used by the patient only for about six months. Long term temporary dentures are needed because the implants though can be loaded immediately, but they still have to ossify and the gums need to be fully recovered after implantation.
NO NEED BONE GRAFTING and/or SINUS LIFT. As we mentioned above, one-phase immediate loading implants don’t require bone grafting or sinus lift. It’s pretty much a simple and straightforward process.
As we have seen, there are quite a few differences between immediate loading one-phase and conventional two-phase implants. We have also learned that single-phase implants have many and significant advantages over conventional ones. Complete oral rehabilitation with single-phase implants is completed in less than 5 days and can be used with significant bone deficiency too!
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