Dentistry For Non-Professionals

Latest Innovations in Dental Implants

by Claude Sullivan

Healthy teeth can make all the difference in today's society, not just for health reasons but also for confidence and self-esteem. Sadly, missing, broken, or decayed teeth have the exact opposite impact because it is difficult to express oneself confidently. However, all is not lost because a dentist can easily restore your confident smile with dental implants. Over the years, dentists have been exploring ways of improving dental implants using technology. This article highlights some of the latest innovations in dental implants.

Intraoral Scanner

Before dentists install dental implants, they ask patients to bite into a tray with a goo-like mould to derive an impression of their teeth. However, dentists discovered that this step makes many patients uncomfortable and might induce a gag reflex in some people. With professionally scanned photographs, intraoral scanning has replaced the need for patients to bite into a mould. As the name implies, intraoral scanning analyses a patient's mouth and immediately creates a digital impression of each tooth. The process is quick, non-invasive, and painless, not to mention that the scanner can create an image of how dental implants will look after the procedure.

Antibacterial Coating

Although dental implants are not natural bone tissue, oral care is still necessary. Therefore, patients are required to brush and floss as they would their natural teeth. However, most patients with dental implants are often reluctant to observe standard oral care procedures. Unfortunately, ignorance can significantly shorten the life of dental implants. Consequently, dentists have developed an antibacterial coating for implants.

Although not widely accessible, antibacterial coating promises to revolutionise the dentistry industry. The innovation mitigates the effect of elevated acid content on implants, increasing their longevity. It means that patients can eat and drink whatever they want without worrying about implant damage. There is no reason why dental implants cannot last a lifetime when patients combine antibacterial coating with a constant dental hygiene regimen.

Realistic Crowns 

If you thought standard dental implants mimic natural teeth, you should see what technological advancements in dentistry can achieve. In the past, dentists focused much on getting dental implants colour right but spent little time on other aspects. Today, new materials and printing devices mean that denturists can match the shape and size. For instance, if you want to replace the molar on the bottom right side, an implant can be designed to match the molar on the bottom left side.

For more assistance, contact services like Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre.