The first successful dental implant
was done in year 1965. That was a good 54 years ago. The success of the first titanium dental implant quickly led
to significant improvement in the technique used for tooth
replacement. However, this very niche treatment has not been popular in
the past 50 years and it is not surprising to say that only a few dentists
during those days would provide dental implant services.
However, the dental implant seem has evolved significantly ever since. Dental implant treatment has become a common treatment procedure that is not only less expensive, but also safer and enjoy higher success rates. In addition to that, newer treatment protocol also allows modern day implant to be placed in a way that ensures minimal discomfort and quicker recovery for the patients. In fact, almost all patients of ours rated the discomfort from dental implant procedure is not any different from other more common procedures such as dental scaling and filling.
and more people are beginning to appreciate the value of replacing missing
teeth with dental implants. Besides enabling our patients to eat, chew and
speak well, thanks to the similar size, shape and feel of dental implants with
patients’ own natural teeth. Dental implants also allows us to create the most
aesthetically pleasing smiles in a way that was once impossible.
Why Implant Treatment Is The Trend Now?
Before we get to the question,
let’s us talk about the purpose of an implant treatment. Implant treatment
basically mounts a dental prosthesis surgically into your jawbone to replace a missing tooth.
You may be asking if it is
important to replace a missing tooth at the first place? The answer is YES!
A missing tooth can affect you in
First, it alters the aesthetics of how you
smile and speak. This can affect your self-confidence.
It makes it difficult for you to chew and
digest your food.
remaining set of teeth may move without having the other tooth to hold them in
place. This can cause misalignment of the jaw and biting problem.
Hence, it is highly advisable to
have the missing tooth replaced.
Implants look more natural than other options and tend to be more stable and have longer lifespans. Dental implants also stimulate the bone left underneath teeth, preventing bone loss that may cause facial changes.
Therefore, in the perspective of
aesthetic and economic considerations, dental implant is a more preferred
choice. It may seem to be more expensive on the ticket but as a whole, it is more
valued for money as dental implant can last longer and provide aesthetical
benefits that other choices cannot give.
To increase the success rate of an implant surgery, Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a must use diagnostic tool for pre-implant evaluation. It helps not only to diagnose the condition but also for the treatment planning, surgical preparation and execution, follow up, and management of complications. The involvement of the technology allows the dentists to treat their patients with increased precision and more predictability. However, such advanced and expensive technology was not readily accessible in the past. Only a very few hospitals had the machine and therefore it made dental implant planning process troublesome.
Today, some private dentists
possess their own CBCT machine at their dental clinic for the convenience of
their patients. We are proudly to say we are one of them! Having our own CBCT
machine allows our patients to have instant imaging and understand their teeth
conditions better as Dr Sia explains along. Patients get better awareness of
dental implant. The increased awareness of public knowledge of dental implant
also subsequently led to significant improvements in the implant technology
hence the increased in success rate of about 90-95% in general.
That explains why more patients and dentists prefer to do dental implant now. It is simply because the recent advancement in the field of dentistry have revolutionarised the use of dental implants. Customers have increase in demand for dental implant due to the inclined benefits in both clinical and economic aspects.
After all, all we want is to be able to enjoy our food, regardless our age. In this case, Implant is the best choice of all because it lasts longer and allow you to chew better. Eating the normal food eg apple is no longer a problem.
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