Mainstream dental implants have been around since the eighties. Much of the work from that era consisted of the extensive use of soft gold bars and precision attachments to secure or latch on to removable appliances. When these appliances were first constructed, they were tight and well-adapted relying on elaborate interlocking locking mechanisms such as “O” rings, plastic snaps, metal slot attachments, and wire bars. Through daily use and as time progressed, many of the attachments wore down leading to appliances that were movable and less secure. The dentist could often help the ailing situation by replacing some of the plastic retention housings for a mostly quick fix.
When you account for the massive amount of function that these appliance endure, something is bound to happen and wear. Fast forward to today. Many of these same appliances no longer work as they were originally designed. The plastic replacement parts no longer can add to an improved fit, the plastic teeth used on these appliances have worn down, and much of the same dentistry has become discolored from the consumption of food.
Today we have a dilemma to solve where the dental implants are surviving but the dental work is malfunctioning due to wear and tear. Over the years with improved materials and techniques, it is possible to resuscitate and reuse dental implants buy redesigning the prosthetics and attachments for a renewed bite and smile while using the original old dental implants!
First, we analyze why the dentistry has failed, next we determine the type and size of the old dental implants and redesign the prosthetics for an improved fit and longevity. It takes time and a little detective work to find out what dental implant system was used as there are now thousands of systems out there. Once all of that is known, the existing implant dentistry is disassembled and the new dentistry can be fabricated. This is a great way of saving thousands of dollars by “recycling” those precious implants of yesteryear.