Implants are becoming more and more common these days and patients are using them routinely to replace missing teeth both in the back and front of the mouth.

The standard of making temporaries for this area has been a flipper which is an appliance that comes in and out of the mouth. Eating with it can be difficult and patients are looking for alternatives to removing this prosthetic from the mouth. A tried and true technique of creating a Maryland bridge from fiber reinforced composite material is a great and cost effective alternative.

I have had several patients who are very pleased with the fit and appearance of these restorations. They involve minimal grooves to be placed in neighboring teeth which can later be filled with regular filling material. This alternative makes the wait time to place a permanent crown much more pleasant, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to the patient.

I recently had a patient who came to the office concerned about the metal in conventional implants and fillings. She came to the office originally to have her mercury fillings replaced by white composites. She was missing a tooth in the back and several dentists recommended an implant. She was hesitant to have a traditional titanium metal implant placed and found our office because we offer the newest technology which is a ceramic implant.

A year ago, I came across a new company from Spain, which has a patent to produce all white ceramic implants and is FDA approved. We started to offer these implants in lieu of the traditional metal implants for patients concerned with metal and for cases involving the front teeth. The brand we use is called Cera-Root and we have gotten great results from the implants.