Cutting-Edge Dental Implant Technology at Dr. Ku’s
Toothlessness is a common occurrence as we age, much though no one wants to hear that. And as a result, many patients ask their dentists to help guide them in deciding which type of tooth replacement option is best for them. Dr. Ku has been a leader in this field in the Fort Worth area, leveraging his decades of dental implant training to counsel patients in what type of implant can fit their needs best.
By age 50, the average American has lost an average of 8 teeth (including wisdom teeth). And among adults 65 to 74, 26% have lost all their teeth.
Severe tooth loss can lead to a host of issues that impact self-esteem, nutrition and oral health. And so, many of our patients are curious about dental implants, but all too many worry about the cost or pain associated with the procedure.
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that 3 million people in the U.S. currently have dental implants—a number that is rapidly growing every year. If you want to be part of the growing population that is regaining their confidence and smiles, keep reading to see what our office has to offer!
History of implants
While the idea of dental implants are not new—in fact, they date back to 600 A.D.—innovation over the last few decades has brought this idea well into the future. Implants that date back to ancient times relied on naturally-occurring elements like seashells or ivory. Thankfully, by 1965 these elements had been phased out and replaced with the first titanium implants.
Over the last 50 years, dentists and researchers have learned more about how implants integrate and actually bind with the jawbone. Today, many experts point to the discovery that titanium can physically bond with living bone tissue as the catalyst to the modernization of dental implants.
Modern implants use titanium to form an artificial root of the tooth. Once surgically implanted into the jawbone, the titanium bonds with the jawbone and also heals much quicker than previous iterations. This dental implant technology brings comfort, aid in eating, and confidence to millions of Americans every year.
Impact of technology
Technology has impacted dental implants hugely by removing much of the manual work and replacing it with advanced software that minimize error and can give your dentist a complete digital rendering of your mouth prior to the treatment. This increased precision ensures that your dentist knows exactly where they’re drilling and guarantees that they know how sturdy the underlying bone is—and any abnormalities that need to be taken into consideration. Technology today makes dental implant surgery predictable, precise and—most important to our patients—affordable.
One of the most important things Dr. Ku does is to stay up-to-date on his dental implant training. While these skills are learned in almost every dental school today, they are perfected and modernized through additional training courses and continuing education.
Due to the speed that the technology is changing, it would be difficulty to stay on the cutting-edge without attending specialized classes or seminars. Dr. Ku’s dedication to continuing education shows his patients that he is committed to be a leader in his field.
If you are considering dental implants, it’s important to consider your provider’s training since it has a direct impact on patient experience and the longevity of your dental implant.
Dental implants can change the trajectory of your life if you suffer from tooth loss. Thanks to new technologies, the process is faster, cheaper and more comfortable than ever before. If you are considering dental implant surgery, call Dr. Ku today to discuss how his credentials in the field can give you a smile that will last a lifetime.
Also published on Medium.