In the past, different dental procedures have been used to fix such problems as cavities, missing teeth and even gum lines. Many of the procedures are used to keep the mouth healthy, which leads to better overall health. Other procedures are cosmetic, meant to improve the appearance of the person’s mouth or smile. Although these procedures have existed for years, they have not always been successful. Some of the procedures, such as dental implants, have had low rates of success, with many of them failing. Other procedures don’t last as long or don’t look natural. New medical innovations, however, have made these dental procedures more successful. Modern science has made it possible for dentists to use better technology to spot problems earlier than ever, allowing preventative measures to be taken. New materials are also available for different dental procedures, making it easier to create a more natural and healthy smile. These new dental procedures have succeeded in advancing the dental industry further than ever before.