With the advent of dental implants, clinicians now can restore patients to greater levels of function than ever before, helping to overcome the deleterious effects of tooth loss that have been well understood for centuries. As early as 600 AD evidence exists of early Mayan civilizations implanting seashells to replace a missing tooth and teeth roots.
As an alternative to replacing the entire tooth complex, dentistry has created innovations targeted at replacing just the coronal aspect of a diseased tooth. An example would be a three-unit fixed dental prosthesis to replace an extracted maxillary molar. This treatment modality presents features that are attractive. Time involved to restore only the coronal deficiency is minimal, as accomplished in as little as an hourlong procedure. This commonly involves alteration of existing non-diseased teeth to support a fixed dental prosthesis. The side effect of this treatment lies in the unfortunate development of future complications on those abutment teeth. Whether it be recurrent decay, material failure, or something different ailment, the prosthesis can start to break down and the next restoration can be more invasive, cost more and be very time consuming to the patient and the dentist.
The loss of just one tooth can eventually have a large impact on the overall dental status of the patient. Bone loss, teeth shifting, bite changes and other effects can be experienced throughout the patient’s dental system. In attempting to prevent these effects from progressing, dentists have continually searched for an effective and ideal way to replace teeth. The patient’s entire system can nonetheless experience negative effects because the root was not replaced, and both hard and soft tissues at the site may be subjected to potential breakdown since the tooth was not replaced. Even with this design, speed and low costs of such restorations have allowed them to become popular as a way to restore function and replace missing teeth.
Patient-driven treatment plans place emphasis on restoration speed and keeping costs low for the client. Until recently, implant dentistry performed poorly as a solution in those categories compared to tooth-borne restorations. Development in macroscopic and microscopic elements in implant design have helped to spawn the era of speedier and more affordable implants. Traditional dental implant protocols were known to require lengthy healing periods. Patient and clinicians have recently placed great value on lessening time required in making implants work as a practical dental solution. From dual stage to single stage to immediate loading, a consistent trend has been to lessen time of treatment to achieve more immediate results. The increase in the number of firms who have entered the implant arena and derived better manufacturing methods are drawing down implant treatment costs to allow a larger number of patients to obtain them.
Contemporary implant dentistry now has begun to rival classic care and is becoming a more frequent choice for replacing teeth. The number of implants sold and placed is set to become far larger and is growing. With immediate placement and loading, the industry may soon hold the majority of the tooth replacement market due to demand from both patients and practitioners. The reality is that speed, lower costs and healthy outcomes will become required components in the dental implant arena.
Over dental history, valuable contributions from dentists have helped dental implants become more effective and complete. In the evolution, the consistent feature has been constant improved designs and materials, as well as more effective treatment protocols. Today, many new materials, implants, and associated components and techniques have developed and must continue to be evaluated. Some are not as well-documented or successful as others, so there is no substitute for the dentist understanding the right modality and treatment regimen for unique cases. Doctors in this field are duty bound to hold the highest ethical and legal obligations to base treatment decisions and recommendations on current literature and records of success in treatment. To do so, each must be working toward maintaining their knowledge base and be able to critically appraise the scientific data. And, there is no doubt that experience in implantology procedures is required for optimal outcomes.
The public is becoming aware of what implant dentistry can do to improve the lives of patients. Contemporary dental practices, like Omega Dental Specialists, are positioned to help communicate the new and better protocols and implant designs that have allowed doctors to restore missing pieces of their patients’ dental system and greatly increase the quality of life of patients.
What implant treatment can do for you
- Restore appearance
- Repair dental function, including the ability to chew and improve lost speech ability
- Maintain occlusal stability and spacing of teeth
- Improve comfort and provide easier oral hygiene
- Preserve bone and prevent atrophy
Your Omega Dental clinicians are highly specialized in this field. Each of our team members has decades of experience and will provide the very best care for optimal results.
Dental Implants Financing
Individual insurance sometimes covers dental implant care. We provide helpful information on financing options and/or payment plans to help our patients reach their dental health goals. Ask our staff to help you determine how payment arrangements can be made, and we will be there to assist you each step of the way.
About Omega Dental
With our variety of dental specialists under one roof, Omega Dental Specialists Houston provides patients with treatment options for any need. Our dedicated staff is experienced in several specialty divisions, including Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry (Pedodontics), Dental Implants and Orthodontics. Our technologically advanced office is equipped with some of the most modern instruments and machinery available in dentistry. Omega Dental is open seven days a week to help you to take care of your oral health no matter what your busy schedule.