A new study has looked at how to cut the cost of dental implants and make the procedure easier for the dental team.
The study has found that digital technology is the solution, with software speeding up the process from the initial scans to the creation of implants.
In the article, published in the Journal of Oral Implantology, a 32-year-old patient required only two visits to have implant treatment, from the consultation, diagnosis and digital scans through to the restored implants.
The authors found that implant treatment today requires years of manual skill development by the surgeon, the restorative dentist, and the technician, as well as several visits by the patient.
But with digital technology, implants can be placed in two visits, without the need for impressions, lab procedures, or advanced manual skills.
The proposed procedure thus reduces the time the patient needs to spend in surgery and the dental team needs to spend learning how to perform the procedure, cutting costs on both ends.
Further improvements to and integration of various digital technologies used in the test procedure could make the process even smoother.
The authors concluded that the new approach reduces the learning curve and the need for extensive manual skill development.