Dental implants are popular today because they are the only permanent solution for missing teeth, but at what cost?
The procedures seem invasive, expensive, and healing time is prolonged.
With the future invested in the advancement of technology, here are some of the dental implant trends we can expect to see in the future of dentistry.
So what is a dental implant, exactly? It’s ultimately a false tooth.
All dental implants have a root, just like a natural tooth would. In most cases, the artificial root is a screw that has been attached to the jaw bone. This is the base of the implant.
They are cared for in the same way as natural teeth. There’s no extra step in taking care of implants, so they really are just replacement teeth.
The added benefit of implants is that most are 100% false, and cannot get cavities or decay like a natural tooth can.
How Does an Implant Work?
A dental implant begins with an exam and x-ray to determine the condition of the affected teeth and the surrounding jaw bone.
From there, the dentist will surgically implant the base into the jaw bone. This may sound quite intimidating, but it is an outpatient procedure that typically only takes a couple of hours from start to finish.
After the base of the implant has been inserted, the patient will begin a healing process. The base is not protruding from the gums at this point, and the focus is just on the jaw bone adhering to the metal implant. This bonding can take between three to six months, and the patient will wear a temporary denture during that time.
Once the bonding has completed, the dentist will perform the second surgery procedure. They simply uncover the tops of the implant base and insert a sheath around it to allow the gums to heal without covering the base.
At this point, the patient will be able to see the metal extending just above their gums, but they will continue to wear the temporary dentures. For the next few months, the dentist will be crafting and constructing the actual tooth part of the implant around the metal bases that have already been inserted.
Throughout the whole procedure, some exciting technology can be used. Let’s take a quick look at a few of those.
Let’s start with robots. Yep, that’s right; a machine doing your dental implant.
Imagine walking into your dentist’s office and seeing a robot like from The Jetsons doing a 6-month cleaning on an adult. Okay, maybe we’re not that advanced yet.
Robotic-assisted dental implant surgery isn’t too far fetched though. An American company, Neocis, based out of Miami, FL has developed a robotic technology called Yomi.
Yomi is an FDA approved technology to assist dental surgeons; rather than completely doing the work itself, like the Jetsons. The surgeons hold their surgical equipment as they normally would, and Yomi sends distinct physical and audio cues for the surgery being performed.
This is dental care of the future. How cool!
This is a cost-effective way of using a machine and blueprints to literally print out the perfect fit for the patient’s mouth.
While the cost for the initial set up is quite steep (roughly $7,200), the cost for implants would be more affordable to the patient.
While 3D printed materials are not made of ceramic or metal, they will still have longevity. The materials will be easily maintained with the same procedures as your a-typical implants. Regular brushing and flossing are all that would be required.
A bonus for the dental practice; they can use 3D printers to make models and displays as well.
No, not like that episode from Doctor Who when a metal cylinder falls from the sky and turns everyone into zombies.
Nanotechnology in its simplest form is controlling molecules and atoms individually. What does that mean for dental implants?
Surgeons have the ability to implant this nanotechnology into the mouth to prevent and decrease the risk of infection. This is typically done at the time of the final implant.
The nanoparticles used in these implants allow for a smoother surface. Bacteria latches onto rough patches or gaps in the teeth. By using these particles in the implant material, they greatly diminish the rough surfaces, preventing the latching.
Let’s take a look at a few of the implants we can expect to be trending this year.
These are your more affordable implants, simply because they are smaller and the procedure is less invasive.
Mini implants are becoming ever popular since they can take place in a short time span, and create an even more natural feeling in the mouth than traditional implants alone.
Bone grafting is sometimes required with implants, especially in an older patient with natural bone loss. The mini implants can only be used on patients who will not require bone grafting.
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All on Four
This treatment, though a strange name, is teeth in a day! Yes, you read that right.
While the procedure is very similar to Mini Implants, All on Four is a more secure implant. This procedure is a larger metal implant than the Mini, but still relatively small in size and still very comfortable for the patient.
All on Four are four metal implants inserted into the back part of the jaw at a deeper level than typical implants. This provides more structure and greatly reduces the need for added support via bone grafting.
Once the four implants are placed, the replacement teeth can immediately be fitted. That’s right, the patient can walk out of their dentist office with a whole new set of teeth after just one visit.
A dental bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing.
The bridge consists of 2 or more crowns and a replacement tooth. The crowns themselves are anchored to the existing natural teeth. These act as the bridge for the replacement tooth.
This is a great procedure to prevent the natural teeth from moving when missing a neighboring tooth.
Any drifting of teeth has the potential for affecting the smile or bite of the patient. In more serious cases, the patient can suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders without a bridge.
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Implant Supported Dentures
These are a more permanent version of dentures. There’s no more worrying with adhesives and food can’t get lodged underneath them.
Screws are placed into the jaw bone for anchoring, and sometimes a bar can be attached for extra support. The dentures simply click down into the screws and are effortlessly held into place.
But don’t worry, the dentures are easily removed for regular cleaning and maintenance.
There comes a time when regular dentures are loose and ill-fitting. This is unavoidable as bone loss happens with age. No amount of those nasty adhesives will make them comfortable again.
A risk that a patient might have with ill-fitting dentures, is a nutritional imbalance. Some foods may hurt the patient to chew, therefore they just avoid them.
The implant supported dentures completely revolutionizes the thought of having dentures. They fill out the face for a more natural smile, and they boost confidence.
Benefits of a Dental Implant
While the procedures can seem daunting to some, dental implants are worth it. They are the only permanent solution to missing teeth, eliminating the need to wear dentures with gel or glue.
Implants are comfortable, and the patient will not experience any weird palate sensation by getting them. They don’t move around during chewing and don’t restrict the diet in any way.
The implants look and feel just like natural teeth, without the risk of cavities, improving the overall mouth health.
Implant Failure Rates
An estimated 5-10 percent of implants will fail in the first few weeks of the procedure, or even years later.
Of course, there are many factors that will play a role in the success of an implant.
- Gum Disease
- Medical conditions such as Diabetes
- Oral Hygiene
As long as the patient does their due diligence in taking care of their mouth and their new implant, the failure rate should be very minuscule.
Dental Implant Trends of 2019
Dental implant trends for 2019 are well on their way to be as advanced as the technology surrounding them. The future of dentistry is in the hands of robots, 3D printers, and dentists who want to give the people the most for their money.
Implant failure rates are quite small, so there’s really no reason to wait. Implants are the only permanent solution to missing, broken, or misshapen teeth.
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