Dental implants are the modern answer to missing teeth, capable of restoring form and function to even the most damaged smile. Invented in the mid 1950’s by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, dental implants rely on a titanium post that fuses to the natural jaw tissue of the implant recipient. The implants are typically installed in a staged procedure, giving the patient ample amounts of time for their jaw tissue to heal and for them to perfect oral hygiene routines. Although many dentists offer dental implants, periodontists such as Dr. Mark Silberg, receive an additional three years of personalized training to place implants, allowing them to place implants effectively and monitor the healing carefully.
Dental implant technologies have continued to evolve, which is one of the reasons that modern implants have close to a 100% success rate. Here are just a few of the new technologies that have helped patients enjoy better results.
Modern Dental Implant Technologies
- Better ImagingImaging techniques have come a long way over the past twenty years or so, with modern periodontists having access to CAT scans, detailed MRI images, and even 3D scanning. These imaging tools help dentists to plan treatment more carefully, account for minor anatomical differences, and customize treatment accordingly.
- Powerful SoftwareModern 3D imaging software also helps doctors and patients during the treatment planning process, since software can help doctors to show patients how their new implants will look when the treatment is complete. 3D scans can also be sent electronically directly to labs, speeding prosthetic fabrication.
- Microscopically Roughened PostsTo allow the titanium implant posts to fuse with bone tissue, modern versions are microscopically roughened to increase the surface area. These new posts allow the bone to heal faster and bond stronger, improving implant outcomes.
The Silberg Center for Dental Science: Your Dental Implant Authority
Dr. Mark Silberg has been a Pittsburgh dental implant surgeon for over 30 years and is constantly researching all of the best techniques and materials for the complex surgery. If you are wondering whether or not dental implants are right for you, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the Silberg Center for Dental Science. With years of experience and a complete dedication to his patients, Dr. Silberg can help you to enjoy the smile of your dreams.