Significant Progress for Implants!
Good News! If you’ve lost one or more teeth and wondering what to do, there’s good news! Remarkable advances have been made with dental implants.
Break Through Discovery! According to Dr Steven Moss a discovery in the 1950s triggered a break through for successful implants. Scientists discovered that titanium forms a direct and strong bond with living bone tissue. Dentists embraced this discovery to revolutionize dental implant technology.
A dental implant is a permanent support that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. This titanium implant fuses with the jaw bone in a process called “osseointegration”. Once the fusion is complete a prosthetic tooth (or crown or teeth) is attached to the implant.
What’s Happened Since 1950?
One of the early complaints was how long a patient had to wait between getting the implant and attaching the new tooth. Dentists can’t attach a new tooth until the osseointegration is complete. In the past this could take 3-6 months!
A Solution to Speed up Osseointegration! Researchers discovered that they could speed up the fusion process by making the surface of the titanium implant rough, providing more surface area for faster and stronger fusion. This change, combined with special site preparation, has enabled “same day” tooth attachment in many cases.
Mini Implants Introduced! Do Khang Hong & J-hyeon On discuss special challenges for some patients. In order to receive implants in the past, some patients required special preparatory surgery because of their bone structure or the location of their sinuses. Shorter implants were developed to accommodate these patients and avoid extra surgeries. Studies have shown remarkable mini implant stability over the years. Mini Implants can be less expensive than regular length ones.
Today’s HighTech Solutions! Dental Implant specialists are utilizing 3D printing and CAD/CAM software to prepare a surgical implant plan, as well as, create the prosthetics.The technology can produce fast and highly accurate solutions.
Replacing Multiple Teeth with Implants! Dr. Moss discusses a technique called “All on 4” by which a row of replacement teeth can be supported by 4 strategically placed implants.
What Do Sharks Have To Do With It?
Dr Steven Lin reports that some scientists are intrigued by a shark’s unique ability to grow a new tooth in a few weeks when they lose one. Dr Steven Lin reports that it may be possible in the future for humans to rebuild existing teeth or even grow new ones with dental stem cells. Dr, Lin cites successful animal studies with rats at Kings’ College London, Harvard Whys Institute and Columbia University.
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Dr Steven Moss (2015) “The Evolution of Dental Implants”. US News Health
Do Gia Khang Hong & Ji-hyeon On. (2017).“Recent Advances in Dental Implants”. Maxillofacial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr Steven Lin DDS (2019). “Will Stem Cells Replace Dental Implants?” Dental Health.