Digital Dentistry is on the Rise

Even with so much emphasis being put on oral health, many people still lose teeth to decay, gum disease and injury. Luckily, dental implants have become a popular alternative to traditional bridges and dentures.

Dental implants are strong replacement tooth roots that are locked directly into the jawbone, and they come with a slew of benefits, including better appearance, comfort durability and convenience. They can be used to replace a single tooth or a full arc of different designs and structure.

Aside from the many obvious benefits of implants, the Global Dental Implants Market is growing in response to big advances in technology. Digital dentistry is really starting to take off, which is facilitating a CAGR of 8.72 percent from 2015-2019 in the dental implants market.

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According to an article in dental economics, digital dentistry covers a huge range of technologies, including but not limited to:

  • CAD/CAM and intraoral imaging — both laboratory- and clinician-controlled
  • Caries diagnosis
  • Computer-aided implant dentistry — including design and fabrication of surgical guides
  • Digital radiography — intraoral and extraoral, including cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)
  • Electric and surgical/implant handpieces
  • Lasers
  • Occlusion and TMJ analysis and diagnosis
  • Photography — extraoral and intraoral
  • Practice and patient record management — including digital patient education
  • Shade matching

3D imaging and the use of hybrid implants that consist of a zirconium head and a titanium implant to improve aesthetic appearance, strength, and functionality of the implant are also helping drive the popularity of implants over dentures.

TechNavio predicts that newer materials and an increased reliance on computer-assisted devices for live dental surgery will be of significant importance to dental care over the projected period.