There are many reasons why you may suffer tooth loss. It can be the result of years of poor oral hygiene, decay, an accident, or even trauma. Regardless of the reason, if you have lost a tooth, your top concern is having it replaced.
In the past, tooth replacement options, such as implants or dentures, were too expensive for some people. As a result, they had to suffer with a gap in their smile. This often led to reduced self-confidence, and other oral health related issues.
However, thanks to recent innovative technology, there is the possibility that new, more affordable options may emerge soon for tooth replacement.
3D Printing Technology
Currently, many different industries are harnessing the power of 3D printing technology. The technology helps to lower the cost of products and is easy to integrate into existing businesses. This has spurred many dentists to begin looking for ways to integrate the technology into their own practices. The hope is they can create dental implants, dental bridges and more in their own office. The result could mean the price of the dental tools for them and their patients will be lower.
Dental Technology is Constantly Improving
Thanks to digital scanning and the use of 3D printing, there are some Dutch researchers who have found a way to fight tooth decay. This is just the first of many advances dentists hope to see by using 3D printing and other technology.
Another benefit is the reduced wait time patients experience for tooth replacement options. In the past, they may have had to wait weeks or more to have an implant created in a dental lab. However, with the use of 3D printers, this extensive wait time can be reduced extensively.
Problems May Still Exist when Creating Dental Partials and Other Items
Even though some studies have been successful, this technology has still not been tested on humans. Scientists aren’t sure how toothpaste and toothbrushes could cause problems down the road. The verdict is still out about 3D printing in the dental industry, but many dentists are hopeful it will be something they can use soon.
Do you need dental partials or some other type of replacement tooth? If so, you should get in touch with us today. We can evaluate your situation and help you avoid embarrassing dental issues.