Dental implants have been one of the biggest game-changers in dentistry over the last century. Patients only had dentures and bridges as replacement options for many decades, but then implants came along and provided results that actually feel like natural teeth. The way that enhances someone’s quality of life can’t be overstated! But while implants are a modern marvel of dentistry, new technology is taking them a step further. Dentists are currently working on ways to make getting implants even easier, more successful and more comfortable. If you’ve been thinking about getting implants, you’ll be interested to learn more about the possibilities below!
Imagine that a dentist could use CAD (computer-aided design) to make an exact replica of your tooth after it’s been extracted. This replica could then be placed in the missing socket almost immediately after the extraction, creating an instant replacement tooth that looks and feels exactly like your own.
In addition, the healing process would be dramatically faster and more comfortable, and you wouldn’t have to go without a tooth for any time at all.
It’s hard to believe that you could have a tooth taken out and go home the same day with an exact replica in its place. But this technology is currently being developed and will be possible one day!
New Imaging Technology
Also using CAD, this technology allows patients to see extremely accurate digital images that show them how their dental work (including implants) will look after being completed.
These images will help patients make more informed decisions about their treatment because there won’t be any guesswork about how the results will turn out.
It also creates more trust between patients and their dentists because they can make sure they’re on the “same page,” which is always helpful before starting any dental procedure.
Digital planning allows dentists to visualize the teeth and jaws like never before so they can plan and place implants with unmatched precision.
It also makes the process of getting an implant more efficient because it allows dentists to more easily collaborate with the dental labs that create them.
When it comes to dental implants, technology promises to enhance the process in several ways in the coming years. Little to no healing time, immediate tooth replacement, and seeing results from the very start are all on the horizon.
The outlook for patients with missing teeth gets better and better all the time!
About the Author
Dr. Megan Shelton is a general and implant dentist who is excited about the way dental technology can enhance her patients’ implant results. She pursues advanced training each year so she can stay on top of the most modern methods and offer them to her patients. If you have any additional questions about implant technology, she can be reached via her website or at (760) 434-9800.