More than Just a Pretty Smile: Dental Implants Improve Well Being

Ask a person their least favorite doctor and many will say ‘the dentist.’ It’s unfortunate that preventative dental checkups are often skipped or ignored altogether. Without proper care, teeth are prone to cavities, plaque, rot, and gum disease. Oral health has been shown to influence total body health and is extremely important.

Today’s dental technologies offer many new and exciting options for replacing teeth lost to disease, injury, or age. Medical devices designed exclusively for the dental industry are expected to increase as the market for dental implants and prosthetics grows. With the use of CAD/CAM technologies in dentistry, implants offer permanent solutions for replacing teeth.

The aging baby boomers are largely responsible for the increases in the dental implant and prosthetics market. Increased awareness of available options combined with rising disposable incomes are driving the development of new treatments in the dental industry. Traditional treatments include crowns, bridges, and dentures; newer implant technology is becoming more widely utilized.

With improvements in materials, manufacturing, and provider experience, dental implants are proving to be an excellent and more permanent choice among patients and practitioners. The benefits of implants over other types of restorations are many. To replace a missing tooth, an implant fills the space completely without modifications to the surrounding teeth. Implants consist of a titanium post implanted into the jawbone acting as the root of the new ‘tooth.’ A crown is attached to the post and the implant, once fully healed into the bone, should last a lifetime. According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the success rate of dental implants is extremely high (up to 98%).

A recent study by researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine studied the quality of life after treatment to replace missing teeth in women suffering from osteoporosis. Women who had received dental implants reported the highest level of satisfaction with their work and social lives. Dental implants offer many advantages over just appearance. They improve oral health, enable patients to continue to eat as they did before, do not cause speech impediments, and are comfortable in the mouth.

As a premier medical device manufacturer we know how important it is to produce quality implant materials that will provide a patient an excellent quality of life. In dentistry, the ability to replace teeth with seamless replacements hasn’t been possible in the past. With dental implants, all of that is changing and Hammill Medical stands at the forefront of expanding our quality implants.