People lose teeth for many reasons including dental disorders, aging and trauma to teeth. The occurrence of tooth loss at some point in many people’s lives has created a demand and hence a market for lasting and stable replacements. This has further led to greater research into the field to meet the rising demand which has factored in how to improve on the methods, the compounds and the designs utilized in implant dentistry.
Interestingly, the use of rudimentary dental implants can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt. Early records show that stones, metal and even seashells carved into the shape of teeth were used to replace missing ones. Coming down through the ages other materials were added like bones and gold to fashion teeth.
Further research and development of analytical techniques and more stable materials has contributed to the progress of implant dentistry today. The introduction of ceramics onto the scene in the early 1990’s led to that compound being used in many implant procedures with immense success.
The prevalence of tooth loss in the United States alone makes the field of implant dentistry an expanding one and gives a snapshot of what is taking place on a global scale. In fact, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, close to 70% of adults aged 35-44 have at least a single missing tooth for a variety of reasons. The statistics further show that by the time many adults get to 74 years old, 26% of them would have lost their entire set of permanent teeth. This places the amount of tooth replacements right on par with knee and hip replacement surgeries, with numbers between one hundred and three hundred thousand being performed each year for these surgeries.
Dental implants serve an aesthetic as well as a functional purpose. Much is being done now to ensure that dental implants will be the choice option for replacing lost teeth. Some of the current trends which will ensure this are as follows:
A greater number of dental practices are now offering implants as the preferred treatment for tooth replacement rather than root canals (which sometimes fail), removable dentures, bridges and crowns. The almost 100% success rate of dental implants also favours their use over other methods of replacement.
The core curricula of schools of dentistry now include implant therapy as a standard part of their course offerings. With this knowledge it will no longer be necessary for dentists to seek specialization afterward. Dental implants will thus become a common method chosen for treatment.
Advancements in technology and improvements in the design and durability of implants have made them more suitable and comfortable for patients who would have previously had adverse reactions to them. The improvements made in other procedures which support implants lend themselves to implants being the preferred option for tooth replacement.
With the increased availability of information about implants and their benefits, patients can now begin to see them as a necessity rather than a cosmetic expense. The fact that dental implants look, fit and feel more natural than removable dentures makes them undetectable, appealing and instil confidence in patients.
The time for the period of treatment has been drastically reduced and so more patients will be inclined to accept this as an option and more dentists are now willing to offer the service.
Insurance companies are now offering greater coverage for procedures like this and so it is accessible and more affordable for patients.
Patients looking into dental implants as an option for their oral care can easily access information on their own through manufacturer’s websites. This will allow them to garner valuable information which they can use in conjunction with the advice from their dentists to make an informed decision.
More and more dental practices are adopting the approach of making information available to patients regarding their treatment options. Some offices are equipped with computer screens which dentists use to show illustrative videos which help patients to get a visual idea of what to expect and what the procedure involves. This will also make dental implants the choice option for addressing their missing tooth issues.
Based on the current need, implant dentistry is poised for growth over the next couple of years. It is a convenient method of treatment which gives a flawless smile and restores proper function. Dental practitioners must ensure that they do their part in getting the word out while updating their skill set to meet the rising demand.
The rich historical background and major research which has gone into improving this field of dentistry makes it a worthwhile practice to cement into the standard mode of operation for treating cases of lost teeth. Patients will be more than happy with their outcome and be able to enjoy a better quality of life.
Author Bio – This article is written by Patrick Swan in support of Thantakit International Dental Center. If you’re on the lookout for dental implants in Bangkok, do visit Thantakit Dental Center for an affordable treatment.