For many reasons, dental implants have become the industry standard for tooth replacement in dentistry. Boasting a 95% success rate, implants are truly a reliable treatment for restoring one or multiple missing or failing teeth.
At Sarasota Dental Arts, we like to stay on the cutting edge. What's ahead for dental implants? Is it possible for them to be even more successful than they are today?
What Is a Dental Implant?
An implant is comprised of three parts:
- The implant itself, which is made of titanium
- An abutment, which attaches the crown to the implant
- A porcelain crown, which restores the missing tooth
These parts work together to essentially mimic your natural tooth by restoring your root with the titanium post and replacing your tooth with the porcelain crown.
Why Are Implants So Successful?
Dental implants enjoy their success rate because titanium is biocompatible, which means it will integrate with your bone over time. This accomplishes two things:
- The implant takes the place of your root and works to keep your bone healthy and stimulated.
- The implant creates a stable foundation to support a porcelain crown.
The main reason that a dental implant might fail is infection. The infection can then lead to osseointegration problems, which means that the implant doesn't successfully adhere to the bone. Implants that fail have to be removed, but fortunately, this is a rare occurrence – and something being addressed by researchers!
What's Ahead for Dental Implants?
A recent article in Medical News Today discusses the exciting future for dental implants. Researchers are currently developing antibacterial coatings to be placed on the implant itself to help protect against infections and promote a successful osseointegration process. Another coating is being designed to use if an implant becomes infected after placement. The doctor could apply the coating without having to remove the infected implant, and the coating would heal the infected bone and help the implant successfully integrate.
There's still a long way to go and more research to be done before we see the use of these materials; however, the implications of improving this already highly successful treatment and the fact that implants can support one or multiple missing teeth, make dental implants the top choice for both doctors and patients.
Want to learn more about dental implants? Contact Sarasota Dental Arts today!