Today, most people know the answer, but prior to 1952, replacing a natural tooth was done with methods like bridge restorations or dentures.
That all changed in Sweden when Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark accidentally discovered that it was impossible to recover any of the bone-anchored titanium microscopes he was using. They had titanium plates and after being left attached for a period of time, they had bonded irreversibly to some living bone tissue.
This contradicted all scientific theory at the time, but it happened quite by accident in a laboratory in the university town of Lund, when the professor had a lucky discovery during bone grafting research he was conducting.
Dr. Brånemark went on to demonstrate that titanium could be integrated into living bone with no long-term soft tissue inflammation or rejection. He had successfully show how to attach healthy bone to a titanium implant.
The first application of dental implants of titanium roots, or posts as they are called today, in a toothless patient in 1965. We are not clear on why it took 13 years to implement the new process, but medical discoveries tend to move slowly when looked back on.
Dental implants have shown a 90 percent success rate and long-term studies continue to show improving success.
Replicating the natural function and appearance of damaged or lost teeth is a common thing to see with today’s modern processes and materials. Dental implants are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth and provide the same function as a natural tooth root. Dental implants have also been used to anchor other types of restorations for bridges with success and patient satisfaction.
Today, a dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that acts as the root structure would for a natural tooth. A dental implant is placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. After the bone has grown around the implant, usually within 6 months or less, implants can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture and acts just like roots that hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.
A single tooth or a full arch of teeth which have been lost due to injury or disease can be replaced with dental implants.
Reasons you may want to consider dental implants:
To replace one or more teeth
To provide support for a partial denture
To increase the support and stability of full upper or lower denture
To increase confidence while smiling, talking and eating
To improve your overall psychological health
To improve esthetic appearance
To regain over all confidence
So now you know some of the answers to the question,
What Are Dental Implants ?
Kurt & Martha Gross
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