Dental implants were first made possible by Professor Branemark in 1957 when during an experiment he discovered that bone fuses to titanium. Since then, implant dentistry has come a long way. In the past, dental implants were an option only for people in good health who had an ideal amount of bone to receive dental implants. Nowadays they are available to a wide range of patients due to the advances in technology, techniques, implant shape and materials used in conjunction with implants such as bone graft materials. Improved bone grafting materials and techniques make it possible for many patients to get implants. On the other hand, bone grafting can be sometimes unnecessary due to advances in 3-D imaging which make the placement of implants remarkably precise with increased safety. This precision affects other aspects such as the surgery itself becomes less invasive and the healing and recovery time decrease substantially.
Implants and the Future
More than ever, patients are opting for dental implants to replace their missing teeth. There is no doubt that this is the best option for replacing teeth since there in no need to involve other adjacent teeth in this treatment option when considering the fact that fixed or removable bridges do need to involve other teeth which make them more prone to failure overtime. Another reason why implants are the best option is that they have the ability of maintaining jaw bone levels stable so resorption is prevented in the areas where the implants are located. And unlike teeth, implants do not get cavities!
Implant dentistry research is ever evolving and advances are seen quite frequently. One of the most interesting areas of research is in Nanotechnology. In the future, the regeneration of tissue cells would help in the cure of periodontal infections as well as in the improvement of diagnosis, treatments and post-operative symptoms. Research in Implantology has made quite a stride and certainly it will only continue to improve. There could be much speculation regarding what will be developed in this area in the next ten years but we all know that now patients are getting implants with restorations that feel like teeth, look like teeth and have the potential to last a lifetime!
With this in mind, don’t you think it’s time to see Dr. Mariana Conant? Call us at 203-692-4405.