Dental health and oral hygiene are two of the most neglected areas till now. But slowly people are realizing the importance of oral hygiene and dental health. They understand that missing or damaged teeth not only have an impact on their appearance but also affect the way they chew or eat.
Increased emphasis on physical appearance has also led to many people opting for smile designing or tooth replacement. This has led to an increase in demand for replacement tools such as dentures, dental implants, bridges etc. The orthodontic industry has witnessed constant breakthroughs in creating comfortable and affordable products for the patients.
Dental implants in one such area that has seen constant developments. As more and more patients are opting for implants, the technology is seeing new innovations to make the process of installing implants more accurate and successful. Here are 2 successful innovations in the field of implantology.
Use of CAD-CAM Technology
Bone loss is a serious issue that threatens the success of dental implants. Orthodontists and researches have been searching for techniques to minimize bone loss and improve the success rate of the implants. CAD-CAM technology to create exact replicas of the missing teeth is helping dentists to achieve this objective. The replica is placed in the mouth as soon as the natural tooth is removed to fill-in the empty space. This helps to minimize the bone loss and enhances the speed of the healing process in the patients.
Anti-Bacterial Coating for Implants
One of the most promising innovation in dental implantology is the development of an anti-bacterial coating for the implants. The longevity of the implants is considerably reduced due to consuming food with high acidic content, which results in extensive erosion of the teeth enamel. Using an anti-bacterial coating on the implants will help to reduce the enamel corrosion and effectively increase the durability of the implants. At present, the predicted lifetime of a dental implant is approximately 20 years with proper oral hygiene and regular maintenance.
These 2 technologies are paving the way to increase the stability and durability of the dental implants in the coming years. With technology improving at a lightning speed, maybe we can see the invention of permanent implants, which will last a lifetime.