Dental implants require good quality bone to anchor into and a skilled surgeon to place the implant. In cases where there is not enough bone to place an implant, bone grafting can be done. Dr. Schau has seen a significantly higher rate of implant failure when artificial or foreign bone is used for bone grafting. Due to this, Dr. Schau only recommends using your own bone, harvested from elsewhere in the body, for doing bone grafts. He also works closely with skilled surgeons for any grafting procedures and placement of the implant itself. He then takes the case from there doing the restorative work on the implant to make it functional.
In some cases, to help coordinate treatment and final placement of the implant, a surgical template and/or radiographic guide is made. These will often be the same appliance, but in some cases be two separate appliances. Especially in cases for multiple implants, or cases where the bone is thin and bone grafting may be required, these guides along with 3-D scans, can be essential for the overall process and long-term success of the case.
As there are many companies getting into the implant market these days, one has to be careful which brand of the implant to use. Dr. Schau has chosen to stick with three of the leaders in implants who have been around a long time. This helps to ensure a quality product and future sustainability of the implant. The companies he uses are Nobel Biocare, Straumann, and Zimmer. You can check out their sites to learn more about the companies, or read on for case examples and photos done by Dr. Schau. If you already have an implant from a different manufacturer, not a problem. Dr. Schau and his team can still help you maintain it throughout the years.