Technological advancements in the placement of implants has brought about the creation of implants that are made of the same titanium alloy as their predecessors, at a reduce cost, making this procedure more affordable and readily available. Technology has changed the way tooth placement is conducted. Computer designed and generated implant abutments have created a big change in the present restorative protocols for implant dentistry. Implant abutments that are generated by computer aided designs are more precise than those generated using the traditional methods. The precision of components may affect the life of the implant, its success and the ease of restoration. Some of the ways in which technology has impacted the placement of implants include:
- Improvements in the technology used in coating. New methods of coating technology have created an easy assimilation between the dental implants and the jaw bone. This promotes stability and durability. The latest development in this field involves the coating of dental implants with a synthetic bone. This makes the implant incorporate better into the jaw bone.
- Tooth implant shape and thread designs advancements: this has a great impact on the stability of the primary implant. Modern dental thread technology offers maximum primary contact, enhances stability, it creates easy integration with the bone without stress and this minimizes bone loss.
- Three dimensional scanning systems: this uses cone beam volumetric technology (CBVT). This gives a clear view of where the implant should be placed. It gives a clear image of and it also reduces the exposure of radiation to the dentist. This advancement enables the dentist to fully plan a complete tooth implant procedure before the dental surgery.
- Screwless dental implants: this involves the implantation of a single tooth without using screws. It offers a clipping mechanism to bond the abutment and the material of the crown.
Dental implants are becoming increasingly available and affordable to so many people. They allow patients to restore their teeth and have a natural dental appearance. Modern technology has ensured that implants are able to be placed in less than half an hour and they enhance normalcy in the life of the patient.
Nowadays, restorative dentists do not rely on the traditional dental techniques to restore implants. The computer assisted implant impressions and the abutments generated by computers have long replaced the traditional restorative procedures.