Man has desired to replace teeth since the days of Egyptian civilization permanently. The first-ever implant was made using copper, and this was over 3,000 years ago. After that, human beings managed to replace lost teeth with those of an animal. Finally, there was a breakthrough in the 1960s when a Swedish doctor discovered that titanium could fuse into the bone. Since then, the field of implants continues to develop, and here are the emerging trends.
The advancement not only offers a broader understanding of the anatomy of the implant site, but it also provides low radiation and ease of operation. Many proponents are proposing that CBCT scans should be done before placing the implants. Although not all sites require 3D scanning before placement, it is difficult to tell them apart unless you use CBCT scanning. As such, it remains one of the greatest technologies of implants in clinical dentistry.
Although titanium was a significant breakthrough in the industry, other materials have been found to perform better. For instance, Zirconia has offered new possibilities with regards to restoratively and is, therefore, better than titanium. Although research is still underway, the available data proves that there is improved biocompatibility and survival of zirconia implants. Therefore, patients looking for metal-free treatment options have something to look forward to.
The acceptable implant size has also significantly advanced. Traditionally, dentists believed that using large-diameter implants would have enhanced results. However, research now suggests that narrow and short implants do equally well. With the growing need for patient-centered outcomes, there is more demand to support using smaller implants. Mini-implants enable surgeons to place the implant into the bone that would have otherwise required augmenting.
Generally, implants in dentistry are coming as fast as the field is expanding. It is possible to plan for better placements. Dentists can now offer patients higher quality services.