Let’s face the facts: the demand for implant dentistry is rapidly growing. The American Dental Association has stated, “Conservatively, we will see a 13% growth in implant dentistry through the year 2015.” Furthermore, The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons found that 69% of adults age 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth due to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay—that’s about 25 million people. By age 74, 26% of adults will have lost all of their permanent teeth.
So, what do these statistics mean for the general practitioner? It means more dentists should be looking for innovative procedures to meet this growing demand. Today, I’m going to tell you about one such procedure that’s transforming dental practices around the nation—one that could very well transform your practice as well. The 1-Drill Implant Procedure, uses—you guessed it!—only one drill to complete the final osteotomy. The drill used is called the Multi-Drill™ and has the widths of 4-5 drills built into one. The 1-Drill Implant Procedure relies on two important variables: 1. The drill must be end-cutting, side-axial cutting and have a modified taper; 2. The implant used with the 1-Drill Implant Procedure should have aggressive threading, a 6% taper and be self-tapping. By utilizing a tapered drill, the osteotomy is wider toward the coronal aspect and narrower apically. If the site has been edentulous for over 6 weeks, then an impression for the final crown may be taken immediately after the implant is placed, using a customizable abutment. One of the greatest merits of the 1-Drill Implant Procedure is that the efficiency it provides allows for the clinician to offer implant services at a lower cost for patients in need—making it a win-win for both the clinician and the patient.