The popular oral care implements we have come to know today as dental implants have their origins in the middle of the twentieth century. In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Brånemark invented the teeth replacement aids. A dental implant is essentially a base upon which a tooth is installed. This base is placed in such a manner that it mimics the function of a tooth root. It is often set in the jawbone and, over time, the bone structure of the jaw fuses with the implant. Teeth replacers such as bridges and replacement teeth are placed on dental implants. One of the great advantages of dental implants is their closeness to the natural teeth. A tooth that has been replaced through the use of a dental implant does not require the support or adjustment of adjacent teeth in order to remain intact. Experts have determined that titanium, the material used to make the implants, is ideal since it allows for the integration of implant and jawbone and eliminates the potential of the implant being identified by the body as a foreign object.
Dental implants can be the solution for patients who have lost one or more teeth. It can even be used in a case where all the teeth are lost. The focus is to ensure that the function and appearance of the smile is restored.
Dental implants are just one of three basic options that dental experts consider when dealing with missing teeth. The other two options are a removable dental appliance such as a denture or partial denture and a dental bridge. The solution selected depends on a number of factors taken into consideration by the dentist. For dental implants oral health care experts consider the following factors:
- The position that the dental implant is expected to occupy
- The health condition exhibited by the patient
- The ability of the location (jawbone and gums) to facilitate the procedure.
- The financial resources required to complete the procedure
- The needs and desires of the client
An examination of the area intended for the implant is a crucial aspect of the process. This is because the information from the examination allows the dental care professional to determine whether the patient is a good candidate for the procedure.
Dental implants offer many advantages that other teeth replacement options do not. One such advantage lies in the fact that they require no adjustment and add no strain to the neighboring teeth. Another advantage is that they are extremely durable and are the closest imitators of natural teeth in terms of appearance, function and feel especially since they fuse into the bone structure of the mouth.
If you have any questions about dental implants, or if they stop fitting well or become damaged, contact us. Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups, too. We will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly.
Dental implants make it possible to replace lost or badly damaged teeth with artificial teeth that are just as good, if not better, than your original teeth. By using the latest medical technology and procedures, an artificial root is placed into your jaw on which we then place your new tooth.