Dental Implants and How Technology Has Made Them Better for both Dentists and Patients Alike
Whilst dental implants have been around in their current form since the 1950’s it’s really only in the last decade or so that they have become convenient, effective and above all affordable to the masses. Although they are still far from cheap, advances in technology have seen more and more people benefiting from them which has in turn brought manufacturing costs down. Aside from the price point, how else has technology helped those people who are looking for a permanent alternative to dentures?
3 Dimensional X-Rays
For years whether you opted for dental implants in Richmond, or indeed anywhere else in the country, the dental surgeon carrying out the procedure would have to be guided by conventional X-rays which were taken of the patient’s jaw. Whilst the X-ray showed the exact location of the bone, what it didn’t show was how dense that bone actually was. This meant that more often than not, there was a lot of professional guess work as to the very best position of the implant.
Nowadays, many clinics use a piece of machinery known as a 3 dimensional X-ray scanner. This takes a complete cross-section of the patient’s jaw in 3D meaning that every detail can be seen including bone density. Because of this dentists are now able to plan and pinpoint the exact location of the implant before they place it in the patient. Ultimately this means minimal surgery, less-evasive consequences and most importantly a much greater chance of success
Even implant designs have come on in leaps and bounds over the past decade or so and as such new thread designs help to speed up the process of bone fusion (otherwise known as osseointegration) and new shapes help to decrease the chances of cross-contamination. In addition new designs also allow for greater flexibility of placement in areas where good bone density isn’t as apparent.
For many years dental implants have involved a two-step process. Firstly the patient would undergo surgery to secure the implants into the jawbone. Then there would be a long period of recovery (usually between 3-9 months) whilst osseointegration took place. After a successful recovery period, the patient would again undergo surgery (albeit on a smaller scale) while the implant is again uncovered, and the abutment and crown fitted.
Today, aided by 3D capabilities and innovative implant design, dentists can locate and place the implant and attach the crowns all on the same day. Whilst there is still some debate as to whether it’s as effective as the tried and tested two-step method, it clearly has benefits to both patient and dentist alike. If you want to know more about how dental implants in Richmond can be of great benefit to your life then contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk Why not book your free, no-obligation consultation today and take the first steps towards a happier smile and a healthier you.