There are significant differences between two-phase implants and one-phase implants
Do you want to replace your missing teeth? If so, dental implants are a widely accepted solution that would also benefit you. If we look at it, we find two different implantation methods. One is the immediate loading one-phase implant, which we perform in a single phase; the other is the two-phase implant, which occurs in two steps. Which one is more favorable for you depends on several factors. The most important fact is the condition of your jawbone. This article will discuss the most critical differences between one-phase implants, called immediate loading implants, and conventional two-phase implants.
What are the 5 most important differences between dental implants and implantation processes?
1. The one-phase implant is implanted in a single phase
One of these implants’ names comes from the fact that it is implantable in a single step, with one operation lasting a few hours. After implantation, the implant does not require any further treatment.
At the same time, the implantation of the two-phase implant takes place in two separate phases, with two different treatments. During the first phase, they insert the implant base and then close it with a so-called healing screw, and that completes the first phase. After that, 4-6 months of healing and ossification must elapse. In most cases, the patient receives temporary adhesive dentures for this period. In the second phase, they open the gums above the previously placed implants to remove the healing screw. When this happens, gum molding occurs, and the process of making the permanent denture begins.
2. The one-phase implant is loadable immediately
Thanks to the implant’s design, shape, and implantation method, the one-phase implant is loadable immediately. That means, among other things, that long-term temporary dentures are attachable to the implants. It is essential since until the completion of the final set of teeth, due in about six months, the patient will receive perfectly functional, aesthetic long-term temporary dentures. They are fixed, not removable by the patient, and the implantation package price includes it.
That is not the case with the two-phase implant. As mentioned above, after completing the first phase of implant placement, the patient receives a removable-glued denture that is uncomfortable and poorly functioning. They must wear this for about half a year until they receive permanent dentures.
3. The one-phase implant consists of a one-piece
Another essential difference between a two-phase and a one-phase implant is that the latter consists of a single piece. Since there are no additional elements, the implant is easier to handle, and its implantation is significantly more straightforward, so the time spent on implantation is also shorter.
In contrast, the two-phase implant consists of several pieces. These are the implant base, the abutment, and the healing screw. During the application of a healing screw, a so-called gingival shaping screw is inserted into the implant to ensure that the superstructure and the future denture have a perfect gingival contour.
4. The one-phase implant is implantable at a different angle
That means that it is implantable perpendicularly and at a different angle, according to the current state of the bone tissue. This positive feature is significant in the case of bone deficiency because it enables finding the most suitable bone tissue. The right amount and quality of bone tissue are essential for the implant’s stability.
There is no such possibility with the two-phase implant. These implants can only be vertically insertable or at an angle very close to it, and only in the tooth bone.
5. The one-phase implant can also be implanted in the jawbone
The one-phase immediately loaded implant is implantable not only in the tooth bone but also in the jaw bone. That is of great importance because this implant is usable even in cases of severe bone deficiency. It also means it will most likely eliminate the need for bone replacement.
The two-phase implant is only implantable info the tooth bone. A high quality and quantity of dental bone is necessary for the two-phase implant to remain stable for a long time. The most common problem with this implant is that the condition of the bone was not appropriately examined before implantation.
Differences in pricing
One-phase implants cost less than two-phase implants is not the most critical advantage, but it is worth mentioning. That is because it consists of a single piece, unlike two-phase ones. The conventional multi-part implant’s price is set by the element, with the result that the price of a complete two-phase implant is higher than that of a single-piece one-phase implant.
As mentioned earlier, a two-phase implant consists of several parts. The practice is that the work with every element has to be paid for separately, which increases the final cost of implant placement. On the other hand, there are no partial elements in the case of the single-piece immediate loading implant, so, no additional expense.
In the above writing, we briefly summarized the most critical differences between one-phase and two-phase implants. Of course, there are other differences, but as we think, we provided help for those who want to choose between the two implants and implantation methods with this article.
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