“I have been involved with implants and restoring them since 1986 when I went to Malmo on my first implantology course,” says Professor Paul Tipton. “During this time I have seen many changes in techniques, systems and expectations.
“Nowadays patients require not only a long lasting functional stable implant, but also an aesthetic one that can be delivered immediately – hence the rise of immediate loading cases and provisionalisation.”
As a Specialist in Prosthodontics, Paul Tipton has restored thousands of dental implants in a career spanning almost 30 years. But while he may have used almost all of the major implant systems available today, which system would he use in his own mouth?
Unfortunately for Paul, this was the very question he found himself asking, after a fractured crown left him weighing up his options.
“Imagine my anxiety when just over a week ago whilst eating a chicken sandwich I encountered a foreign body in my mouth,” continues Paul. “It was my upper left lateral incisor crown, fractured off at gum level!
“Upon looking in the mirror I saw no ferrule and my mind was settled: no RCT, crown lengthening with bone removal and post crown; it was to be root removal, immediate implant, definitive abutment and reline the original crown over the top, followed by occlusal adjustment.
“I had this done the very next day by two colleagues well versed in implantology and my implant system of choice. I now await my final restoration in 6 months’ time.”
But what system did he choose?
“There was only one implant for me,” says Paul. “After 28 years in implantology I chose Nobel Biocare for its longevity, ease of use, success rate, and innovation.”
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