While the speed at which it comes is in itself impressive, innovation in the dental field scarcely keeps pace with humanity’s ability to spread news of the latest breakthroughs. Information previously shared in academic publications distributed quarterly or monthly primarily to care providers in specific fields now circulates in digital formats unimaginable half a century ago. That in turn brings about an accelerated rate of improvements in patient care.
Confirmation of the concept is as simple as a few minutes of browsing the leading implant dentistry journal online rather than plowing through old magazines. Periodontists are sharing improvements in care that are coming at lightning-quick speed and are doing so without burdening care providers with digesting and then retrieving research from two dozen or more dental publications a month.
It took the better part of a century for specialists to move on from gold and alloy dental implants to the use of a porcelain crown mounted on platinum after the Civil War. It then required three quarters of a century to make the next big leap, overcoming rejection of foreign body materials by fusing the replacement tooth and the bone together. The most substantial modern breakthrough came in 1965 with the introduction of a titanium cylinder fused together with the bone, and advances have come in rapid-fire succession since.
The result has been a shift this century away from dentures as the default solution. Dental implants are increasingly popular now with people who have only one or two teeth missing, and the techniques shared in detailed implant dentistry journal online studies are leading to new breakthroughs.
Patients with healthy gums are being fitted with dual implants that can support multiple replacement teeth. As noted by the implant dentistry journal online, the long-term success rate of implants as a solution for missing teeth approaches 97 percent in some practices.
With the advances in knowledge and innovation comes better care. The result is an improved quality of life for the patient, both physically and emotionally.