The science behind dental implants is truly amazing to those who study this technology.

Great benefits in the field of science come to us each time a space mission is completed.

Science behind dental implants


Dental implants have been in existence for the past 50 years, fabricated from a titanium alloy.

Yorba Linda, California, is home to a leader in the industry of dental implant technology, Nobel Biocare.

They exist as one of those creative companies on the cutting edge of this technology.

A recent tour of their facility will help you to understand exactly why they are known as a leader in the science behind dental implants.

The greater Kansas City Dental Implant Society is in Yorba Linda today to hear noted clinician and speaker, Dr. Nader Salib, an oral and maxilofacial surgeon.

He practices in Catalina Island, California, a beautiful and picturesque area of the country.

Arriving at the business complex for our meeting reminds me of Silicon Valley. This nickname was designated for the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area in the northern part of California.

The valley in its name refers to the Santa Clara Valley in Santa Clara County.

America remains a leader in creativity throughout the world.

Look at Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Boeing  and Hallmark Cards to name a few companies spawned from the creative minds of inspired individuals.

Dr. Salib informed his audience of dental professionals that inadequate hard tissue is a major problem that dentists must address in the placement of dental implants.

After understanding the science behind dental implants bone quantity and quality are major factors.

We were informed state of the art technology calls for proper treatment planning and computer guided implant surgery.

Guided surgery greatly reduces the risk of improperly placing implants.

The surgeon will use this technique with bone scans providing 3 dimensional orientation in the overall planning.

Defects and irregularities in the bony anatomy are readily identified after visualization with 3 dimnsional scans.

Patients that undergo tooth extraction procedures are thankful to know the remaining jawbone can be preserved at the time teeth are removed.

Synthetic bone grafting procedures restore defects remaining after tooth extraction.

In general tooth loss leads to bone loss.

Disuse atrophy is well known when teeth are loss, similar to a patient confined to a wheelchair.

Muscles and bone tissue become smaller from disuse.

Patients must understand their role in this process to not procrastinate getting an early consultation

for the best possible treatment outcome.

Dentist study the science behind implants to also educate patients about the role they play in seeking needed care.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, DDS

Pacific Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Studio





Removing silver fillings Emergency dental care in KC


Emergency dental care has been practiced by our dental team at the start up of our dental hospital in KC.

Dentistry has made great strides because of the science evolving around dental implants.

Dental implants have one of the highest success rates in medical and dental technology.

Understanding the science of implantology, gives greater clarity regarding what must be done to restore difficult or challenging dental cases.

Several years ago a physician that decided to become a dentist discussed his transition into dentistry.

Patients suffering from digestive problems were treated with prescription drugs with minimal results.

After a residency in oral surgery, he positioned himself to deliver dental implants to his surrounding patients.

Patients come into the office of an emergency dentist in KC on many occasions for removal of problematic teeth.

Teeth beyond repair are removed from the mouth resolving high levels of pain and suffering.

The physician became an important asset in the dental community with regular speaking engagements around the country.

Not everyone has the will, fortitude and stamina to pursue a second career at the professional level.

You make a tremendous impact upon the lives of others finding a need and filling it to the best of your ability.

One case study shared by the physician was a lady in her 80s, that had worn dentures for approximately 50 years.

In dentistry patients are told ill fitting dentures through friction quickly wear down bone support.

For this reason dentures should be checked once each year to see if the dentures should be relined or remade.

Time after time dentists tell patients tooth lost leads inevitably to bone loss.

Preservation of bone is vital for support of the denture base.

With minimal bone a patient can have their dentist place a permanent soft liner in the denture base.

The permanent soft liner reduces denture slide and serves as a shock absorber.

The 80 year old patient was known as a dental cripple, meaning there was no adequate bone support for conventional dentures.

With very poor bone support, extremely long dental implants were connected to the patient’s bony prominences in the bilateral temple areas.

Think of metal rods inside the mouth being connected on both sides of the inner skull distal to the sockets of the eyes.

This technique gave support for dentures where there was no significant jaw bone.

Dentures also provide support for the facial features, an amazing transformation for the patient.

On the missing lower jaw for support, titanium rods were anchored into the bone of the chin.

Can you imagine the joy and elation of a patient who once again could enjoy a solid meal?

Emergency dental care has shown me what dentistry has in store beyond the boundaries of past technology.



When You're Happy

When You’re Happy

When you’re happy confidence rises through the roof.

Lose your front teeth and confidence is lost in your ability to smile right along with them.

Pharrell Williams sings a song entitled “Happy”.

He says, “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.

Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.”

In Dentistry patients who have lost their front teeth are made to feel happy after they are replaced.

Professor Markus B. Blatz said it best, “the goal remains the same for our surgical and our restorative interventions: we try to mimic nature as closely as possible.”

We see the loss of teeth in daily accidents from sporting injuries, automobile collisions, and tooth loss due to periodontal disease.

The options for the replacement of missing teeth are few when you consider which option avails the ability to chew with maximum efficiency.

Dental implant placement provides the stability necessary for optimal mastication.

Keeping Dr. Blatz’s goal in mind, we now see a merging of medical imaging and dental software that allows virtual surgery to be performed, mapped out well in advance of actual surgical procedures.

In this manner intervening variables can be controlled and planned for in the actual surgery.

Potential problems can be discussed with the patient for greater understanding how to proceed.

Surgical procedures are no longer looked upon as vague and the patient left outside the circle of understanding now bonds with the  team.

When you’re happy you place your body in a state of greater confront of the unknown.

The public becomes better informed when the role of a knowledgeable patient is understood.

Knowledgeable patients become a greater part of the healing process.

It becomes very difficult seeing patients drop out of their social affairs because of missing teeth.

Life requires a healthy smile to advance in all levels of social structure, business and personal.

When you’re happy a smile is worn on your face even if appreciated only by you and your dentist.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.    http//

Reference: Nobel Biocare



Dental Technology making a difference.

Dental Technology making a difference.

Nomenclature won’t communicate what you want the client to hear.

You will spend many hours learning your craft.

In the process of learning a ‘great divide’ is crossed to the mysterious world of nomenclature.

Nomenclature keeps you in touch with those who teach and study your craft.

You understand the language of the classroom very well.

Remember the client is on the other side of the great divide.

Being on the other side makes it difficult for the client to understand what you are trying to communicate using the language of your craft.

Simplicity is key in communicating the value of your product or service.

Tell the client exactly what the product or service will do to enhance their life.

The client was pulled into your sales funnel because of your ability to market.

You will close the sale with good communication that helps a client understand your nomenclature.

A client needing dental implants did not understand the value of this type of treatment.

In a consultation it was discovered he had lost expensive bridgework because of periodontal disease and recurrent tooth decay.

Neglect was the tipping point in the downward spiral of his treatment.

Implant planning was based upon facts and not hypothetical mumbo jumbo.

The first step in helping increase understanding and treatment success was a CT scan.

A radiologist was able to interpret and explain the scan to the client.

The CT scan showed the amount of remaining bone and made it possible to demonstrate a virtual presentation in a computer program.

Taking a look at the soft tissue with a study model surface scan provided a detailed look at potential problems regarding the case.

These diagnostics effectively helped to explain the final treatment plan.

Make specialist who are able to break down your nomenclature a part of your mastermind team.

They will help clients understand the value of proposed treatment with greater predictability.

This strategy will streamline your ability to close clients and increase productivity.

Nomenclature won’t communicate the value of what you do for your clients, break down the complicated words to communicate value.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.

Reference: Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill