DENTAL IMPLANTS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS BETTER FOR PATIENTS
For quite a long time now, scientists and other medical practitioners have wanted to come up with a lasting solution for tooth loss. In ancient times, they used seashells and curved stones to act as implants. These ‘implants’ were fused into the jaws.
Since that time, implants advancements have come very far. Modern day technology boasts significant growth in dental implants. The latest technology that has revolutionized dentistry is the all on four implants. This is a special technique that allows the installation of a whole row of teeth by just placing four dental implants strategically on the gums.
Apart from the above, there are other technological advancements that have made dental implants better. These include:-
TITANIUM POSTS SIMULATING THE TEXTURE AND STRUCTURE OF BONE
Previous versions of implants were smooth. This became a problem because the implants could not properly fuse with the bones. The newer versions that were invented had a rough texture so that they could simulate the texture of bone and strongly fuse in with the bones. This is why modern dental implants have a higher success rate as compared to earlier versions.
Another advantage to this is that when the implants are placed on the denture, the look similar to the natural teeth. Unless one is very keen, they might not be able to tell the difference.
They are also very stable as compared to earlier versions.
INVENTIONS OF SMALLER IMPLANTS
In these modern times, there is a range of varieties when it comes to implants. These new varieties are significantly smaller than older versions.
This trait has an advantage to both the patient and the dentist. For patients who have a less natural bone, they now have implants that could fit them. Also, dentists now have an easier time performing restorations significantly increase the implants success rate.
Technological advancements in imaging have seen major upgrades over time. CT scans and MRI scans have made it possible for nearly perfect dental pre-planning. Dentists are now able to create and place dental implants in a more accurate manner putting into account small anatomical differences.
There is also the CAM/CAD technology where dentists are able to create 3D imagery of possible dental results from the various dental procedures, allowing patients to explore and make informed decisions on their possible options.
REALISTIC DENTAL CROWNS
With the emergence of 3D printing machines, dental crowns now have been made to look like an exact replica of the natural teeth. This has made it harder for more and more people to distinguish between the two making it easier for patients to smile with confidence and without the fear of attracting unwanted attention.
All in all, the technological advancements that dental implants have undergone are undeniable. It is, however, crucial to know the brand of implant that is being used on you. Another thing to note is that, before opting for any dental procedure, it is crucial to do a background check on the dentist who is going to work on you.
For dental implants procedures, it is best to work with a periodontist as they have received an additional 3 years of dental training in implant placements.