Spokane Dentist Among First to Provide Advanced New Tooth Replacement System
Dr. Tim Casey of Liberty Lake, WA was part of the first clinical research team in the U.S. to use the Nobel Biocare Trefoil full arch dental implant system. The "all-on-three" system including the final fixed teeth in the lower jaw can be completed within days or even the day of surgery.
By: Casey Family Dental
LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Oct. 25, 2017 - PRLog -- Dr. Timothy Casey, a restorative dentist in Liberty Lake, WA, was among the first group of doctors in the United States to participate in research and clinical trials of the new Trefoil fixed, full arch replacement system from Nobel Biocare. The Trefoil system allows dentists to replace missing teeth in the mandible (lower jaw) with a complete, pre-fabricated fixed prosthesis secured by three dental implants. Unlike previous systems, the patient receives the final prosthesis at the time of treatment.
In the past, patients would typically have a fixed restoration secured by four to six dental implants. They received a provisional prosthesis that looked and functioned as a temporary, but they had to return to the dentist's office at least three times several months later for their final fixed prosthesis. "With the Trefoil system," Dr. Casey explained, "the patient is provided with the one and only prosthesis at the time of treatment."
According to Dr. Casey, the engineering behind Trefoil is complicated and exquisite. "Nobel Biocare has distilled down 30-plus years of dental implant research into a more affordable, more timely process. Patients have final, fixed teeth that allow them to confidently chew corn on the cob, steak or any other foods of their choice."
Due to design efficiencies, the Trefoil system saves patients thousands of dollars and considerable time compared to the more conventional ways of replacing an entire arch of teeth with a fixed hybrid denture supported by dental implants. These savings are accomplished without compromising esthetics or occlusion (bite), according to Dr. Casey. "In my experience, being part of the research team, the occlusion was flawless in all the cases and very predictable. I was also very impressed with the wonderful esthetics."
Dr. Casey noted that the engineering secret behind the Trefoil system is "under the hood." The system uses a prefabricated titanium bar with a unique retention mechanism. It interfaces passively with only three implants making it a truly "all-on-three"
After evaluating Trefoil and using it in his practice, Dr. Casey is enthusiastic about the future. "I think this is a great product that will be well received by patients who have suffered multiple tooth loss. I believe patients have been waiting for a solution that enables them to confidently smile and chew and have a final result in days and not months. Many people who have been sitting on the sidelines due to either cost or length of treatment are going to be excited about the Trefoil system."
Dr. Casey emphasizes that the treatment is a team effort, requiring the combined expertise and precision of a dental surgeon, a restorative dentist, and a dental laboratory. "We work together very closely, and much of our planning work is done when the patient is not present. When the patient comes in, we efficiently coordinate surgical implant placement and the final prosthesis to minimize patient visits," Dr. Casey explained.
Dr. Casey reports that he is getting hugs from his patients. "The patients I treated just cannot say enough good things about Trefoil and their new smile! Every one of them is extremely pleased about this new technology and happy they were part of the research that is now going to be put into practice around the world to help so many people."
Patients who have questions about Trefoil, restorative dentistry, or other options for replacing missing teeth are invited to contact Dr. Casey by calling (509) 927-9279 or through his website: www.libertylakedentist.com. The office is accepting new patients.
David Schwab, Ph.D.