As the ongoing technological advancements continue to revolutionize the world, dentistry has not been spared. A lot of changes are happening in this sector, making service deliver faster and more effective. One of the areas that have experienced significant technological advancement in dentistry is the field of dental implants. In the past, it was difficult to replace a missing tooth. Even when the replacement was successful, the substitutes didn’t last long, and some of them even ended up causing more serious dental problems.
But with the new technology, tooth replacement has improved. Today, it is possible to replace multiple teeth in a single day. Here are some of the remarkable innovations happening in dental implant technology.
Computer-Designed Dental Implants
For so long, the jawbone recession has been a significant headache to dentists and dental clinicians when trying to replace missing teeth because bone loss creates instability in the bone, leading to the loss of the remaining teeth or even the implants. But with the new computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing process, dental practitioners have been able to create dental implants that don’t cause bone loss. The new technology makes it possible to design exact replicas of the lost teeth, which can be fitted in the mouth immediately. Furthermore, this technology offers a symptom-free recovery process and enables dentists to create dental implants effectively and efficiently.
Antibacterial Teeth Coating
Since most dental problems are related to bacteria, dental practitioners have managed to develop an antibacterial coating for dental implants. Although this technology is still not widely available, it is expected to enhance dental implants’ durability and effectiveness. The antibacterial coating is also resistant to the harmful acid found in food. Therefore, patients have the liberty to eat or drink whatever they want without worrying about their teeth and dental implants’ safety.
Advanced Image-guided Implant System
Since 2019, most dental clinics worldwide have been using an advanced image-guided system to install dental implants. This system, commonly referred to as IGI, utilizes a Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scanner to carry out dental implant procedures. Studies have shown that this system is as accurate – if not more so – than a mortal dentist. The dental design is placed over a 3D CT scan to show the patient’s jawbone, teeth, sinuses, nerve canals, and roots. This whole process is instantaneous, with no delay. Consequently, doctors can fix multiple dental implants within a concise time.