Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots surgically placed in the locations of extracted natural teeth and can support a wide range of dental prostheses. From implant crowns to implant-supported bridges to fixed dentures secured by implants, the myriad treatment options associated with implants remain at the forefront of prosthetic dental technology.
Dr. Palmisano has stayed current with the rapidly evolving changes with implants by taking extensive clinical courses, participating in peer practicums, and attending extended training sessions with various oral surgery offices and related companies. She has developed a network of colleagues who specialize in oral surgery and together they approach each implant case as a unique and individual situation. As such, the patient can rest easy that their particular dental implant needs will be handled with an eye toward producing attractive, cutting edge results.
An exciting implant-based treatment option for those patients desiring dentures, but not wishing to have a removable appliance, is “Teeth-in-a-Day.” One of Dr. Palmisano’s oral surgery colleagues starts the process by removing the bad teeth and placing a dental prosthesis provided by Dr. Palmisano. Twenty-four hours later, the patient comes to Dr. Palmisano’s office, where she custom adapts the bite, creating a comfortable experience. Due to the nature of the treatment, patients tend to experience a short recovery time. Additionally, Teeth-in-a-Day is likely to require low maintenance costs while also producing a pleasing appearance. The patient goes from having fixed natural teeth to implant-fixed dentures in just one visit – never, ever wearing a removable denture.
In 1931, archaeologists in Honduras found a fragment of a young Mayan woman's jaw bone, dating from around 600 A.D. Embedded in the front of her jaw were three tooth shaped shards of shell - primitive dental implants. Similar findings have been made in Egyptian archaeological excavations. Despite the presence of these early implants, it was hundreds of years until dental implants became a common, medically-sound practice. In 1952, Dr. Leonard Linklow placed his first dental implant, going on to be considered the father of modern implant dentistry. By 1992, Dr. Linklow had placed over 19,000 dental implants.