ULTRATOOTH: One visit, one hour, new tooth
Would you be surprised if you could be offering your patients a single-tooth replacement option in full function at the time of their very first visit to your office? Yes, we mean in a brief one-hour visit, your patient will leave your dental office with a fully integrated tooth that they can use right away. How is this possible you may ask?
In 1994, the first and only FDA-cleared device for immediate loading was approved after three years of clinical submissions. To date, 27 years of clinical and scientific data has been collected on this patented revolutionary device we now call ULTRATOOTH.
This technology fundamentally changes the lack of development of screw implants since the first Branemark implant. The reason this device can be fully loaded at the time of placement is because of the apical design of the implant, referred to as the “Eiffel Tower” design. The four pods of the ULTRATOOTH expand and lock into the surrounding bone, achieving mechanical integration at that point.
Contrary to a standard screw implant, the ULTRATOOTH contacts the bone immediately upon placement, rather than waiting the usual four to six months for the bone to reach the implant itself.
Because of the capability of immediate load and restoration, ULTRATOOTH preserves the original emergence profile of the tooth, which is crucial in the esthetic zone. Because of the Eiffel Tower design, the coronal bone loss typically seen in screw or cylindrical type implants does not occur. This is because the stress on the ULTRATOOTH is distributed apically rather than in the crestal region. This will result in being able to maintain the original emergence profile over time.
When histological studies were performed by the University of Indiana, another significant benefit that dentists also came to see with their own patients emerged from using the ULTRATOOTH over a standard screw. Studies showed that bone density and quality surrounding the ULTRATOOTH and adjacent teeth improved because of the compaction that occurs during expansion of the implant. This result was coined the “Oscillating Effect.”
Additionally, the surface area of an ULTRATOOTH is 30 percent more than a standard equal size screw implant because of the integration of the internal sides of its pods. This makes a 10-mm ULTRATOOTH equal to a 13-mm screw implant as far as surface area.
While the list of benefits of using an ULTRATOOTH over a standard screw are numerous, think about what this can do for your general practice. For every extraction done, an ULTRATOOTH could be used that day, saving the patient time and expense on future bone and soft-tissue grafting. A $200 extraction done commonly could potentially become a $3,000 to $5,000 procedure, resulting in tremendous financial growth for your practice.