As technology advances, dental implant technology is keeping up with the pace. Everyone knows how important oral care is, but when you lose one or many teeth, dental implants are a fantastic option. Implants are one of the most popular oral procedures requested of a dentist. The newest advances in dental implants include new ways to ensure the implants and crowns fit properly, the method used to place the implants in the jaw, and even the materials used to create the teeth are always being studied and updated. Keep reading to learn more:
Zirconia Is Now Used Dental Implants
Zirconia is being used more often by dentists to create realistic and durable prosthetic teeth. Zirconia started out as a little-known metal alternative to patients with metal allergies, and those simply concerned about having metal in their mouths for a long period of time. It has since been found that zirconia is safer and stronger than titanium, which is a common material used to make dental implants.
Other benefits of using zirconia include:
• Zirconia is a ceramic, so it can easily withstand drastic change in temperatures. Think about eating ice cream and sipping on your favorite tea or coffee.
• It’s resistant to the natural acids in your mouth, so your implants won’t corrode over time.
• Zirconia’s white appearance is aesthetically pleasing to surrounding teeth. It looks much more natural than other implant materials.
• Oral care is a breeze because tartar is less likely to build up on zirconia.
Internet Technology Makes Sharing Files A Snap
The ability to share your file over the internet can be invaluable, especially when you are working with your family dental care dentists and hygienists, cosmetic dentists, and implant specialists. This means all these professionals can share treatment planning information in order to create a plan that is in your best interest. Included in these digital files, technology allows clinicians to share everything from x-rays of your jaw and teeth to images of the final prosthesis.
Manual Tray Impressions Are A Thing Of The Past
Scanning technologies are now being used create extremely accurate images of patient’s mouths. This technology is currently limited to one company, but industry experts expect these digital systems to become open resources in the near future.
You Can Get Your Teeth Right Away
In the past, the process of receiving dental implants was a multi-day experience. Today, a dentist is able to immediately load the dental implants and teeth all on the same day. One of the reasons for this is that implant stability can now be determined right away using advanced technology, and a dentist no longer has to wait until after the implant has healed and fused to the bone.
These are just a few of the newest advancements in implant dentistry. If you have any questions, your family dental care professional would be happy to talk to you.