Dental Implant Trends and Technology in New York
Decay, trauma, and gum disease are all common causes of tooth loss. In fact, an estimated 120 million people are missing at least one tooth in the U.S. Many are missing more teeth, and some have no teeth at all. The problem exists locally, too. As of 2014, five percent of New York adults ages 19-64 had no teeth, and even more aged 65 and older were completely edentulous.
Of those with no teeth in the U.S., more than 1 in 6 have a new set of dentures made every year – often due to jaw bone erosion that leads to a poor denture fit. This can add up to expensive and frequent dental visits, not to mention the daily maintenance and dietary restrictions that can inhibit quality of life. Perhaps that is why implant dentistry has been gaining so much traction in recent years. What used to be considered a luxury is now becoming the status quo thanks to advancements in dental implant technology and more information about the procedure available to the public.
A dental implant is more than just a surface-level prosthetic. Instead, it is an artificial tooth root replacement, which helps to anchor an artificial tooth in place and also prevent jaw bone erosion. Over time, the bio-compatible alloy integrates with the surrounding bone in the jaw, creating a long-lasting artificial tooth root that mimics the strength and resilience of a natural tooth. These implants can be used to anchor individual crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Although dental implants have been around in their modern form for half a century, today’s technology makes the procedure more attractive thanks to improved outcomes and aesthetics. For example, some dentists are taking advantage of a new technology that optimizes gum aesthetics by preserving more of the surrounding bone in sloped ridge situations. Others are using implants with adjustable implant diameters that create greater stability within the jaw for patients with softer bone density.
Although most periodontists and oral surgeons already place dental implants in New York, a smaller percentage of general dentists offer the treatment. However, that number is growing thanks to patient demand, refined technology, and a wider availability of professional education in Rochester, Buffalo, NYC, Albany, and other highly populated areas.