Whether for aesthetics, function, or both, a solution for fixing missing or damaged teeth has been needed for hundreds of years. Dental implants are a popular solution for this age-old demand, and have been around for decades. Of course, over the years, dental implant technology has evolved and improved: the industry has been consistent in making breakthroughs and finding more innovative ways to improve the overall quality and standards of this product. Recent developments in dental technology have allowed for more convenient, effective and affordable solutions for consumers than ever before.
Here is a list of a few of the developments that we have seen in dental implant technology:
When it comes to the success of a dental implant procedure, it’s important that the jawbone have satisfactory bone stability. If the jawbone lacks the level of bone quality or density needed to firmly anchor the dental implant, the outcome may be suboptimal—or the procedure may not be possible at all. Fortunately bone grafting is an option to help ensure that a patient’s jawbone is thick and strong enough for the dental implant. Dr. Dan and the team at Temple Family Dentistry wants to make sure every patient is set up for success when it comes to dental implants. If your jawbone requires a bone graft, Dr. Dan will discuss that with you during your consultation.
Since the majority of dental problems are the result of bacteria, researchers have developed an antibacterial coating specifically for dental implants. This technology is not widely available as of yet, but it is expected to enhance the durability and efficacy of dental implants. This coating is resistant to the harmful acids found in food, and therefore patients can eat and drink what they want…without worrying about the safety of their dental implant. At Temple Family Dentistry, we use Straumann BLX Roxolid SLA implants, which are highly regarded as some of the strongest dental implants available. Because of their strength, these implants can be shorter and smaller, and the SLA antibacterial coating can reduce healing time.
Computer-Guided Dental Implants
Computer-guided dental implants use a computer-generated program to ensure the implant surgery is precise and, ultimately, more successful. Because much of the work is done pre-surgery, the actual procedure is less invasive. During the pre-surgery planning, we’ll take a CT scan of the patient’s jaw, which provides 3D images to show the locations of important structures that are to be avoided during surgery. Using this information, we are better equipped to perform the implant procedure successfully.
As time goes on, advancements in dental implant technology will continue to evolve. If you have been thinking about restoring your smile due to missing teeth, contact Temple Family Dentistry to speak with us today about dental implants and how they can benefit you.