Dental Implants: New Technologies and Improvements

It can often times come up as a surprise the fact that modern technology has advanced to the point we are currently at, allowing to live better, safer, and more fulfilling lives than we otherwise would have lived in past times. Those technological advancements apply to a multitude of field, and the dental one -in particular regarding dental implants- is of course one of them. If you’re somebody who is currently pondering whether or not to get dental implants due to various reasons, or you are simply somebody who is curious about this topic and want to know some of the more recent improvements it has gone through, then we are here to help you out with that. However, first off, it’d be important to understand what these implants actually are and how the whole procedure is done before we can get into the specifics.

Dental Implants: What, Why, And When

In general, implants, which are a kind of screw in the jawbone on which the “new” tooth sits, are placed when a tooth is missing (due to illness or trauma) or when a natural tooth has to be removed (due to extensive destruction of the tooth due to caries) and must be replaced with an artificial one.

But not everyone can wear them. So, if you are missing any teeth or suffer from any type of oral pathology that puts your teeth at risk, put yourself in the hands of a trusted dentist so that he can advise you properly. This specialist should evaluate the state of your gums beforehand because there needs to be sufficient bone mass for the implant to be fixed. If this is not the case, it will be necessary to carry out more intermediate steps before placing these pieces, or at the least evaluate other options.

Dental implant surgery can offer a well-accepted alternative to poorly fitting dentures or bridges, and can provide an option when a lack of natural tooth roots prevents the creation of dentures or tooth replacements with bridges.

The method followed for dental implant surgery depends on the type of implant and the condition of the jaw. Dental implant surgery may involve several procedures. The main benefit of implants is a solid support for all new teeth, a process that requires the bone to heal strongly around the implant. Because this bone healing takes time, the process may take several months.

New Technologies and Improvements

Computer-designed implants:

Dental CAD-CAM is a technological system that allows the design and production of dental prostheses by computer. By means of this digital technology we are able to design and manufacture extremely precise dental restorations of the highest quality. These characteristics allow us to greatly reduce the margin of human error to achieve even higher success rates in treatments that require artificial pieces.

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Dental CAD (Computer-Aided Design) CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology is one of the most innovative techniques available for fixed prostheses and represents a very important advance in relation to conventional dentistry.

It consists of three processes:

  • The scanning of the tooth or dental implant in the model.
  • The computer design of the aesthetic prosthesis by means of three-dimensional software.
  • The robotic milling or manufacturing of the pieces from the information of the design of the prosthesis made in the computer.

Once we carry out the milling or preparation of the tooth or the implant in the clinic, we take the impressions of the patient’s mouth to make a plaster model. At this point, the DENTAL CAM-CAD is used to scan and transfer the digitized model of the patient’s mouth to the computer. Then, with a computer program, the prosthesis is designed on the digitized image of the patient’s mouth.

Once the teeth have been designed, the computer is given the order to start milling the structure which will subsequently be covered with aesthetic material (porcelain or zirconium) until the tooth or prosthesis is obtained as it had been designed on the computer.

Currently, with the technology of dental CAD-CAM experts can provide patients with dental rehabilitation treatments through a highly precise, standardized and personalized process. [1]

Implant-supported Dentures:

Referred by many as ‘fixed dentures’ they are more accurately named by experts as implant-supported dentures. By means of this dental implant technique, the patient obtains a complete dental prosthesis fixed on four, six or even eight dental implants, which hold the prosthesis that is placed on top of them.

Unlike conventional dentures, complete prostheses on implants are integrated directly into the bone, so they have no adjustment problems. With a “fixed denture” you will forget that you do not have your natural teeth. This type of dental implant helps patients who have lost all their teeth or have very damaged teeth to recover all the aesthetics and functionality of a mouth with natural teeth. [2]

Mini Implants:

Mini dental implants are very small threaded implants made of a biocompatible titanium alloy that are placed in the bone with a minimally invasive procedure. Immediate loading is usually possible in the jaw. The screw head of the implant is ball-shaped, and the retention device, which contains a rubber ring, acts as a socket. The O-ring fits over the ball when the denture is seated by holding it in place with a predetermined level of force. If the denture is correctly seated, it rests gently on the patient’s gum tissue. The holding devices offer vertical flexibility and support the natural lifting forces. [3]

As tech advances, so does the success rate, ease, and lifespan of these dental implants, not to mention the fact that it’ll become more widespread and accessible for the common person. If you are one currently looking area, your city or even neighboring ones. Finding a professional that knows what they’re doing is paramount when it comes to something as important as your dental well-being. Check for prices, availability, etc. If you do your research eventually you’ll find one best equipped to treat you as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

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[1] https://www.yourdentistryguide.com/cad-cam-tech/
[2] https://www.dentalassociates.com/blog/what-are-implant-supported-dentures
[3] https://www.authoritydental.org/mini-dental-implants