Convenient, Affordable, and Very Efficient Dental Implants
Before now, extreme cases of tooth loss were medical concerns people avoided at all costs. Affected individuals would shy away from seeing a dentist due to the cost and uncertainty of tooth replacement. However, newly improved and evolving dental implant technologies have shown a high level of effectiveness over the past few decades. Modern technological breakthroughs have made the procedure extremely convenient, accessible, and also quite affordable.
People generally shiver at the thought of visiting the dentist, even for simple procedures such as routine dental checks. That said, it isn’t surprising that decaying or missing teeth remain a confidence killer for many people, causing them so much embarrassment that they hide their smile. Be that as it may, dental implants have come to the rescue, providing exceptional success over the years. In fact, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, specialists who perform dental implant procedures, have recorded over a 95% success rate in recent procedures.
The Evolution of Dental Implants
Historians believe that the Egyptians started replacing bad teeth sometime around 2500 BC, and as knowledge of oral care continued to increase, others also tried some form of dental implants using different materials such as stone, gold wires, bones, shells, and even human teeth at times. These procedures were not perfected until the second half of the 19th century, rapidly adding more discoveries to the dentistry field until the end of that century. Times have changed, and we no longer use stone or bone implants. Modern dental implants use titanium in a procedure that is virtually painless and highly efficient.
Verifiable Data of Successful Dental Implants
Research has demonstrated a track record of successful dental implant procedures over the last three decades. These procedures have been sufficiently documented and shown to have a success rate of over 95%. People can receive an implant with little risk of negative side effects. While the possibility of a failed dental implant is real, it is a very rare occurrence that an implant doesn’t take to the body.
Nanotechnology and 3D printing are modern technologies that are certain to revolutionize the industry. These breakthrough processes simplify the implantation of titanium and other materials while reducing the overall cost to a fraction to what it was in the past. Also, the increasing number of dentists and oral surgeon dental implant specialists graduating from dental schools is driving up the competition. Conversely, fees for the surgery are decreasing as a result of this increased supply of professionals. Additionally, less expensive and more efficient dental surgery equipment is becoming available at the click of a button due to globalization and reduced materials cost.
Who Can Receive a Dental Implant?
There are a few conditions that must be met to partake in such a delicate procedure. This starts with the oral surgeon confirming the patient is fit and can withstand the rigor of the surgery as well as tolerate the foreign body to be implanted.
Other limiting conditions include factors such as patient health, age, gender, smoker status, bone quality, oral hygiene, implant maintenance habits, unresolved infection as well as implant-related factors like size, characteristics, and location.
Future of Dental Implants
Despite the high success rate of implants recorded so far, scientists are not resting or basking in their success. Instead, they are improving methods and processes to make implantation a less uncomfortable experience. Applying advanced technology simply means we now have various precise methods such as CT/CBCT scanning which makes use of various digital X-rays and prints a 3-D image of the jaws and teeth. The results of these scans inform oral surgeon of where nerves and sinuses are located since they’re often in close proximity to dental implant sites.
There are even Surgical Guides that are tailored to fit specific individuals. This device is custom-fit to one’s mouth and the size of their implant, helping the surgeon know exactly where to install the implant. It is evident that this is just the beginning of the future of dentistry, and more technological advancements will continue to decrease the cost of dental implants.
The Cost of Dental Implant
As standard practice when trying to establish the cost of a dental implant, it becomes absolutely necessary for an assessment to be carried out on the specific type of implant that would be required given that no two sets of teeth are identical. In other words, an assessment ensures that you received the treatment that is right for you, leading to a difference in cost among recipients. A patient with just one single tooth in need of replacement would have a much lower cost compared to another patient who requires working on his/her jaw bone as well as tooth replacement.
In effect, there must be sufficient jaw bone with enough height and width to hold an implant. If the jaw bone is too weak, the patient will need a bone graft which can increase the overall cost.
Live Your Best Life, Get a Dental Implant
Overcome your hesitation and get that implant you’ve been considering! Speak with your oral surgeon today, so you can lead a more confident life. Modern technology has minimalized pain and has made dental implant surgery much more affordable!
Give Maxillovendôme a call today for a consultation.