Updated: Oct 29, 2021
Read an excerpt from Dental Products Report’s interview with 35Newtons
Dental Implants Emerge as Industry’s Next Anchor
October 1, 2021
Terri Lively Dental Products Report, Dental Products Report October 2021, Volume 55, Issue 10
As Americans live longer and technology and costs improve, dentists are realizing implants are the treatment of the future.
As many as 120 million individuals in the US are missing at least 1 tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. And 36 million Americans have no teeth at all.(1) If one of these patients is sitting in your chair, how would you replace their teeth? For many clinicians, the answer is dental implants.
Many clinicians consider dental implants to be the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants often lead to successful and long-lasting restorations. A recent study published in the International Journal of Prosthodontics suggests that implants supporting a single crown or a partial denture had a survival rate as high as 92% at 12 years.(2)
Sundeep Rawal, DMD, a Florida prosthodontist, cofounder of the Digital Dentistry Institute, and senior vice president of implant support at Aspen Dental Management, says that success gives patients the optimal outcome for restoring teeth functionality.
Alexander Shor, DMD, MSD, and Jim Janakievski, DDS, MSD, founders of 35Newtons, agree that implants are the best alternatives for tooth replacement because they act like natural teeth.
“People are living longer,” Dr Janakievski says, “but their teeth are not lasting as long. As specialists, it surprises us that we have older patients wanting more complex treatments. Years ago, we would have patients in their 90s refuse implants, but now they routinely request implant treatment.”
With patients living longer, “we have to design our implant treatment to be retrievable,” Dr Shor says. “This means implant position and abutment design that allow for screw channel access.”
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