While a CBCT scanner and digital dental lab might be out of the budget for many offices, the fact remains that CBCT imaging is widely recognized as beneficial. A clinician’s ability to view images in three dimensions, as well as share clinical findings digitally, enhances the scope of the patient exam.
Using dental cone beam technology for the differential diagnosis of lesions, to determine the relative location of teeth or roots to critical anatomical features, and for assessments of endodontic pathology – all in 3-D – are just a few examples of the numerous ways in which the technology has greatly enhanced patient care.
Incidental findings in cone beam studies are often discovered when digital data is shared with an oral and maxillofacial radiologist. Cranioskeletal, neurologic, ENT, and even vascular pathology or other abnormalities can be identified using cone beam technology.
In addition, the technology has the ability to detect subtle variations in bone density, which can help predict future patient conditions and help determine the predictability of surgical procedures and the longevity of restorative treatment.
What’s more, quantifying relative bone density around dental implant abutments and natural teeth can help with the assessment of periodontal or peri-implant status much sooner than with traditional clinical techniques. Early conservative treatment, such as altering occlusion, can improve the prognosis of a patient’s dentition or restorations.
Dental Implant Planning Trends
From the Dental Economist
Dental implantology was pioneered in the 19th century. Since the American Dental Association (ADA) endorsed the practice in 1986, the market for implant dentistry has grown rapidly and been aided by technological advances. Beyond replacing teeth lost to injury, increased life expectancy and esthetic concerns accelerate the wide acceptance of implantology. Implants improve quality of life for patients who are able to keep their natural teeth, fix acute problems, and give patients the benefit of restorative improvements for a modern lifestyle.
Another factor in dental implant growth is increased life expectancy. Life expectancy averages more than 66 years worldwide, and the 2009 CIA Factbook places the average American’s lifespan at 78 years, and 80 years for Europeans.
As these populations age, prevalence and incidence of age-related dental complications are expected to increase accordingly. Tooth loss due to age – because our lives have extended beyond the timeframe for which our teeth were designed – has contributed to increased demand for dental implants.
Also driving the growth in implants, particularly in the U.S., is a rise in complex and esthetic dental work with the aging of the baby boomers. As this significant and affluent demographic hits middle age, many choose implants in lieu of bridges or dentures.
But it is not just baby boomers making this choice for esthetic reasons. The general cosmetic surgery market is growing as more youthful Americans undergo facelifts and other cosmetic procedures. For many, a perfect smile is a key component of a makeover.
The dental implant market also benefits from the success of implants, particularly when compared to root canals. Data show that a growing number of root canal candidates would rather take the tooth out and get an implant.
An ADA survey found that the average number of implants placed by dentists was 56 per year in 1999, compared with 18 in 1986. More recently, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry shows that U.S. dentists performed 5.5 million implants in 2006. According to Millennium Research Group, South Korea, and many European countries are outpacing the U.S., with data showing dental specialists perform up to three times as many implants annually in these countries.
Why CinZara is the Best Choice for Dental Implant Planning
The team at CinZara is committed to the success of every single case we review. If you don’t have a CBCT scanner and are within SE Michigan, you can send your patient to us for a CBCT scan at any time. Otherwise, just send us your scans (or any from an offsite facility) to review and we’ll immediately get started on implant planning. We work with ALL implant types, as our system is able to pull the specs from all models for the highest level of precision while offering you the widest array of choices in implant type. We can work collaboratively with you, or simply provide you with the dental implant planning. Additionally, we offer dental surgical guides shipped next day to you to make your implant procedure foolproof and fast.
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