Implants Versus “Conventional Treatment”
The rapid growth and success of dental implants over the last 20 years in this country has been quite remarkable. Something that was introduced as simply an overdenture discipline for edentulous patients has now become standard of care for single missing teeth. With any new rapidly progressing technology, especially in the health care field, the technology tends to proceed faster than the paradigm shifts in our thinking. Conventional treatment used to be dentures, bridgework, root resections and hemisectioning of teeth, and even tooth transplantation. Dental implants have become so predictable and so straightforward to restore that many of these previously mentioned treatments are no longer conventional. Many of our cherished ideas regarding the sanctity of teeth are being challenged by the success and predictability of dental implants.
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