The idea of having prosthetic teeth has been in existence for almost 1000 years of man’s history. The early attempts at replacing teeth were done using shells or stones attached to the person’s jaw bone. Over the years, dentures were the main the main method used for prosthesis but dental implants have emerged as a more viable option. What makes dental implants better than the other available options? What are some of the new procedures used in dental implants technology that you should be aware of? We take a look at dental implants, a brief history of the implants and new emerging procedures in dental implants surgery.
A dental implant is a titanium screw surgically placed in the jawbone which makes it possible for dentists to replace teeth. Implants are more resistant to trauma than tenures. They also offer better hygiene since they are not anchored to other teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace one or several teeth to hold a fixed bridge. They can also be used to secure removable partial or full dentures.It is clear that advancement in dental implant technology has greatly revolutionized dentistry. Before administering the implants, the dentist performs a full medical and dental evaluation. This is to ensure that your gums are healthy and your jaw-bones strong enough to support them. If not, additional operations such as bone grafting or sinus lift are carried out.
The dental implant surgery is carried out in two stages. The first stage involves placing the implant screw in the jawbone. A local anesthetic is administered for the procedure. An incision is made in the gum tissue and a hole drilled in the jaw-bone. The implant is placed into the hole and the tissue sealed. The gum tissue is left to heal for between three to eight months so as to allow time for the post to integrate with the jaw-bone. The second stage takes place after the tissue has adequately healed. The gum is cut to create an opening so as to expose the implant post and a post called a healing cap placed on it which is used to shape the gum tissue so that it can adequately support the crown or bridge. Finally, a metal sleeve is threaded into the implant to hold the crown or bridge firmly.
History of dental implants and use of technology to improve dental aesthetics
Dental implants were first successfully performed in the 1970’s.It involved drilling of anchors in the jaw bone and the tissue left to heal. Thereafter, prosthetic teeth were placed on the anchors. The set back then was that the prosthetic teeth all had the same design and specifications. Evolution of dental implant technology has seen more precise placement of prosthetic teeth but the teeth still looked strikingly artificial.
For some time now, technology has made it possible for you to have custom-made prosthetic teeth. This technique involves mapping the mouth and bone structure of the patient. This enables the dentist make teeth with the adequate size and shape for each person. Dentists don’t have to go through the tedious process of making molds of teeth but instead use the iTero scanner which creates a digital model of how the teeth will look. The Cone Beam scanner is another exciting new technology in dental implants which enables scanning of the jaw structure for evaluation on how best to install the implants. Advancement in dental implant technology has also made it possible for dentists to make prosthetic teeth according to the dental structure of the patient. The prosthetic teeth are loaded onto the anchor before the commencement of the procedure. The dentist may employ diagnostic tools such as X-rays and CT scans to ensure precise tooth placement and reduce risks that may occur during the procedure.
New and emerging trends in the dental implants surgery
To make the surgeries more seamless and effective, drastic improvements have been made by incorporating new technology and adopting more effective devices in the surgeries. With immediate dental implants for example, patients don’t have to wait for too long to get the implants. In just one visit, the dentists will set in the implants and crowns. The introduction of mini implants has also made the implants more effective. Mini implants are less painful and heal quicker than the conventional implants. There is also the use of revolutionary technology and machinery like the ICAT machine which helps dentists to prepare for dental surgery and increase the success rates.
Here at Vita Dental, we have adopted the latest technologies and trends in dental surgery and dentistry at large. To explore the available options at Vita Dental, give us a call or visit our offices here in Katy and Our Professional & Experienced Dentist provide more information about it. Choose Vita Dental for the best dental implants and restorative surgeries at a competitive rate.