September 20, 2019
If you’re looking for a solution to replace your missing teeth, you’ve most likely come across countless articles about dental implants. These titanium posts provide restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures with a stable, strong, and permanent foundation to be secured to. Not only are implants a massive improvement from traditional solutions for tooth replacement, but they’re only projected to become even more successful and popular. Read on to learn how advancements in technology will shape the future of dental implants.
Dental Implants Today
If you’re missing teeth, you’re not alone. In fact, over 100 million people are missing at least a single tooth in the United States. Most people don’t know that leaving gaps in their smiles can put their oral health at risk in addition to decreasing their quality of life. Even with traditional restorative solutions like bridges and dentures, they won’t be able to replace the entire structure of their missing tooth or teeth. That’s why, even today, dental implants are such a popular dental treatment. Unfortunately, they have a higher up-front cost, which turns some patients away despite the long-term advantages. Fortunately, with technological advancements, professionals are hoping for reduced procedure costs and increased coverage by dental insurance companies.
Technology in Dentistry Used to Place Implants
Today, the dental implant procedure is strategically mapped out by your implant dentist based on a collection of information gathered from digital images taken of your facial structure and professional examinations. With CT/Cone Beam Scanners, dentists can create a 3D X-Ray image of your teeth along with the surrounding facial structure to form a detailed and accurate plan on how and where to insert your titanium implants. This allows them to find the best locations, avoid any sensitive nerves, and ensures a successful treatment with an easy recovery.
The Future of Dental Technology
Today, implants boast an impressive 95 percent success rate. The leading cause of failure is typically because of oral infections that can result from a variety of factors. To eliminate these problems, scientists have begun crafting dental implants that contain a reservoir that prevent bacteria from being able to form a biofilm, resulting in infection.
Technological advancements have also included robot-assisted implant surgery. In the next few years, this will most likely become a standard addition to the implant procedure. These dental surgical systems use special software that models a patient’s implant procedure from their CT scan. It determines the safest depth and location for the implants to be placed. Recently, this robot and software was used to safely place two dental implants in a patient without the active participation of dentists (although two were supervising the procedure).
Within the next few years, you can expect the dental implant procedure to become more advanced, accurate, and precise than ever. Technology will shape the future of this procedure, allowing it to provide patients with more benefits and reduce the risk of failure. With futher advancements, the process will increase in efficiency, offer better patient care, and produce higher quality restorations.
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1982 and opened his own practice in Marrero. In addition to his 30 years of experience, he has completed thousands of hours of continuing education courses in dental implant surgery, restorations, and prosthodontics. He stays up to date with the latest technological advancements in his field so he can give his patients the highest quality of care. For questions or to schedule a consultation for dental implants, visit Lapalco Family Dental’s website or call 504-348-0080.
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