3 Huge Improvements in Implant Dentistry

3 Huge Improvements in Implant Dentistry

When you lose a tooth you can feel dreadful, both physically and emotionally. In addition to having an uncomfortable gap in your mouth, where your tooth used to be, you can also feel very embarrassed, thinking that everyone is staring at you. One way people rectify this problem is by getting dental implants.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into your jaw. These surgical components are designed for holding a replacement tooth or a dental bridge. They’re small titanium posts that provide an effective method for replacing missing teeth. An aesthetic perk is that they’re made to blend in with your other teeth.

Thanks to several significant advancements in implant dentistry, oral surgeons are able to do a better job in the preparation and placement of implants than what was done several years ago. Also, today’s dental implants can be inserted into more locations. Here are three of some of the most important advancements in dental implants that you should know about before getting your implants.

Digital Dentistry

One of the most noteworthy impacts on implant dentistry has been digital dentistry.

  • Digital impressions have made the setup process of taking dental images much simpler. After unplugging a scanner from a laptop, a dental technician then plugs it into a USB port of a computer for viewing.
  • CBCT (cone beam computerized technology) scanning—Besides providing more understanding, regarding the structure of an implant site, this technology, which uses a cone beam, involves giving patients a lower dose of radiation. It’s also quicker and easier than what was involved in traditional CT scans.

Guided Implant Surgery

  • The most recent advancement in implant dentistry is guided implant surgery.
  • It ensures that your dental implants are safe, predicable and efficient.
  • Guided implant surgery makes it possible for implants to be placed where they will have the most aesthetic results.
  • Furthermore, by using guided surgery, your oral surgeon can calculate the amount of space that will be required for the crown.

Mini-Implants

  • While a typical implant used to be wider and longer, with a length of at least 10 mm, today’s implants are smaller sizes that are more suitable as they’re shorter and narrower.
  • This is mainly because of titanium alloy, which allows for a narrower implant, while still giving an implant the strength that’s needed for resisting oral forces.
  • Mini-implants, with a width that’s less than 3 mm wide, have proven to be successful.

Other Improvements and Considerations

  • Fixed, full-arch implant restorations have improved and have been found to be effective.
  • The combination of optical impressions with CBCT technology is another improvement.
  • Because a dental post, implant and crown can be set in just one appointment, there’s no need to wait when you have to replace a missing tooth. This means not having to wear a temporary, artificial cap or settling for a gap in your teeth as you wait for your implant to heal.
  • Dental implants can help in improving your speech. Consider that when dentures aren’t fitted properly, your artificial teeth can slip, which can cause you to mumble or slur your words. However, with dental implants, you’re able to speak clearly, without worrying about your teeth slipping in your mouth.
  • You can also eat easier as sliding dentures can make it harder to chew. Therefore, you’re able to enjoy your favorite foods without feeling pain.

Future Expectations in Implant Dentistry

  • The future looks exceptionally bright for dental implants, and it's one of the dentistry fields that is growing the most rapidly.
  • A primary reason for this is the growing potential need for implant treatments. This is probably because of the large segment of baby boomers in the United States. By the age of 74, 26 percent of older Americans will have suffered from the loss of all their permanent teeth.
  • One of the main future trends in implant dentistry is making dental implants more financially possible for more patients who need it. There are more insurance firms offering coverage for some types of implant treatments for patients than there were five years ago.

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