Yet another year the medical research and implant company BTI, Biotechnology Institute, organised its meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz to present the latest new features to odontology professionals.
The BTI Day was, as always, enormously interesting in regard to ongoing training and to enabling us to offer our patients the best treatments at our dental clinic in San Sebastián.
As well as being able to exchange knowledge and experiences with other colleagues, I found the different subjects dealt with hugely interesting, although I would like to take a closer look at three of them:
Non-invasive treatment in atrophic posterior sectors
We were told about fitting implants in the posterior mandibular section and in the upper jaw in cases where only a little bone is left, without being invasive, i.e. without entering the maxillary sinus and without having to regenerate with artificial bone.
Here the idea is to use implants which are extra-short and as wide as possible, helped by the excellent surface offered by the latest BTI implants, which stimulate connection to the bone.
Implants in the aesthetic area
We consider the most visible and most important aesthetic area to be the smile and the top front teeth. The front part of the jaw also has its importance.
We heard about the time that must be left before fitting new implants after tooth extraction, depending on the type and amount of remaining bone, on the depth and width of the gum and of the type of teeth on which said implants are to lean.
The cases where orthodontics were used before or after fitting the implants to achieve a harmonious result were enormously interesting.
CAD-CAM in angled prostheses
Today we can fit implants in positions which were impossible until recently. When there is very little remaining bone, or the bone is very narrow, somewhat tilted implants can be used, to which angled prosthetic complements are added, i.e. angular connectors from the implant to the ceramic crown, thanks to which the tooth looks as if it is in the correct position. This system overcomes differences of 17º.
Greater angulations, up to 30º, are overcome by scanning the implant impressions, making crowns for the teeth using the CAD-CAM technique, thereby simplifying implant surgery given that less artificial bone filling is required to insert the implants.