Over the past decade, implant dentistry has experienced incredible surgical, prosthetic and diagnostic advances. Along with this technological revolution in implant dentistry, the public is being made aware of how cost effective this form of dentistry can be. Without a doubt, implant dentistry has reached a crucial period where the evidence of long term success has merged with technological advances. A modern Comprehensive Dentist embraces new technologies in clinical situations to deliver dentistry with optimal long-term outcomes which include dental implants. The rest of this article on dental implants addresses the impact of various new technologies on dental implants and how it affects the patients by improving outcomes.
MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS:
These smaller diameter implants can now be placed in areas where standard sized implants could not be placed without extensive bone grafting. This enables dental implant placement in more situations with the possibility of less invasive surgical procedures, prompting lower cost and greater patient acceptance.
This technology is being used more effectively in diagnosis and treatment planning. In addition to pre-surgical planning, it is also used during the surgical procedure when in the vicinity of a neurovascular or anatomical landmark of concern. Partnering CBCT with digital “guided surgery” enables a more precise dental implant placement with reduced risk of complications.
Abutments can be made out of titanium, gold or zirconia. They can be standard prefabricated or custom. they can be cast or milled. The technological advances in dental implant abutment materials, design and fabrication have enabled implant dentists to place and beautifully restore patients to health, comfort, function and esthetics to a level here to fore impossible.
In conclusion, this is an exciting time in implant dentistry because of the many technological advances. Dental implant therapy will continue in its present rapid growth because the dental industry remains on the evidenced-based road where scientifically valitdated procedures can be improved upon through emerging technology.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A