What Are Dental Implants

Today, most people know the answer, but prior to 1952, replacing a natural tooth was done with methods like bridge restorations or dentures. Costa Rica Dental Implants - Front

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 ?

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2 Responses to What Are Dental Implants

  1. Kurt Gross says:

    Can you floss implants without damaging the peri-implant seal?

    A dentist at a LinkedIn post wrote an article titled:
    Tell Your Patients to Stop Flossing and Your Hygienist to Stop Checking Pocketing
    in which he says that implants should NOT be flossed.

    He writes, “I have been a dentist for over 26 years and my present practice has over 10,000 patients. Recently I have decided to change the instructions I give to my patients that have fixed prosthetics supported by dental implants. This includes NO Flossing. This decision originated through empirical observations and biological facts. Dental implants are not . . .”   read more

    My thinking is this. I have always flossed my teeth by sliding the floss up along the tooth and past the gum line. By sliding it rather than making it go straight up, my logic has been that the sliding action as it goes up the side of the tooth brings any foreign matter out rather than driving it further up under the gum line.

    Now that I have 3 implants, I would have done the same with them. This article has brought an idea to mind that I would never have thought of on my own, i.e. that flossing implants may be harming the soft tissue seal area between the implant and the soft tissue of the gum.

    Anyone have any input on this?

    Kurt Gross

    A dentist at a LinkedIn post writes an article titled:
    Tell Your Patients to Stop Flossing and Your Hygienist to Stop Checking Pocketing
    in which he says that implants should NOT be flossed.

    Here is the link to his post:


    Anyone have any input on this?


  2. costaricadentalimplants.org says:

    Osseointegration is the process by which the implant anchors itself to the jaw bone. Osseointegrated implants are the most common. They takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal before a crown can be placed on the implant.

    Types of Implants:

    Endosteal (in the bone): These are the most common type of implant. They include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more teeth.

    Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal posts protruding through the gum to hold the tooth. These are typically used for anyone who is unable to wear conventional dentures and who has minimal bone height.

    Here are some sites that you might find helpful in understanding implants:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_implant rel=”nofollow” – a good definition of implants, etc.

    http://www.osseosource.com/dental-implants/ rel=”nofollow” – shows different implants

    http://whatimplantisthat.com rel=”nofollow” – this is a site for dentists to help them identify an implant

    Kurt Gross

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