Why We Use Ankylos Implants With Overdentures

COLLEGEVILLE, WILLIAMSPORT AND PHILADELPHIA, PA – Ankylos implants offer some distinct benefits to overdenture patients that traditional implants cannot, and for that reason, Philadelphia, PA dental implants expert Dr. David DiGiallorenzo has used them for years.

Ankylos is the only implant system that offers a Food and Drug Administration-approved solution to immediately restore form and function for denture wearers, DiGiallorenzo said.

“For patients who have dentures already, four implants can be placed and the dentures can be immediately locked onto the implants that day,” said the Philadelphia, PA periodontics professional.

Overdentures wearers often complain of loose or ill-fitting dentures, difficulty eating, foul odors, lack of taste sensation and the inability to talk or kiss without worrying about their teeth falling out. Ankylos implants restore confidence by making dentures secure, DiGiallorenzo said.

DiGiallorenzo has placed about 3,000 Ankylos implants since he began using them in 2004 and has developed a number of case studies, as well. He is considered a key opinion leader on the implants and has given lectures on the topic since 2005.

“These implants are an ideal option because they preserve gum and bone while providing optimal aesthetics,” he said.

Ankylos is one of several dental implantation methods, but they possess some design advantages that make them ideal for overdenture support, namely the SynCone system of attachments, said the Philadelphia, PA periodontist. An overdenture is much like a conventional denture, except for a built-in attachment that holds the denture in place. They can be made to fit over implants or a person’s remaining natural teeth.

The SynCone conical crown system offers constant retentive force to retain implant-supported overdentures. They also can be used to secure implant-supported mandibular overdentures as an alternative to bar attachments.

In addition to being a good option from a dental professional’s perspective, Ankylos implants have been well-received by DiGiallorenzo’s patients, he said.

The distinct difference between Ankylos implants and traditional implants is their unique implant abutment connection.

Abutments are caps on implants that serve as a base for a crown, and Ankylos was the first dental implant method to use a cone connection between the implant and abutment. This has had wide-reaching results. For a long time, bone matter began to immediately deteriorate after insertion of dentures, according to information posted on, a dental video lexicon.

Ankylos implants also prevent odor when an implant is removed for cleaning, the video stated. The cone connection creates a secured connection between the implant and abutment that not even a grid microscope can reveal any tolerance.

Plug-in connections on the other hand, leave an obvious gap where bacteria and bacterial matter can take hold. Chewing motions cause movement between the abutment and the implant, while the cone connection allows no movement.

“Overall, this has been a brilliant development in dental technology and word is spreading about these implants,” said DiGiallorenzo, a Philadelphia, PA periodontist. “There has been an increased demand among periodontists to learn more about Ankylos, and I’m looking forward to speaking on the topic between now and the end of the year.”

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Dr. David DiGiallorenzo received his training at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in the early 1990s. His training included prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and advanced oral reconstructive techniques, including oral implantology.

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