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11 Facts About Dental Implants

  • April 26, 2017

Dental implants on a beautiful blue background

Dental implants have become a common and successful tooth replacement option. They have evolved and changed since their first use thousands of years ago.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are ideal teeth replacement options for dental patients who are missing one or a few teeth. Dental implants are composed of three parts: a titanium implant, a middle abutment and a tooth-like crown on top.

The titanium implant acts a replacement root for a missing tooth and is securely inserted into the jaw bone.

Implants can last many years and has a greater than 98% success rate.

With their durability and secure fit, dental implants are also used as anchors for dental bridges and dentures.

Why Are Dental Implants Important?

Teeth can get knocked out from a variety of causes. If a tooth isn’t reinserted by a dentist within an hour of getting dislodged, the roots will no longer be able to be transplanted and regrown and the tooth will be “lost.”

Why is a missing tooth bad? The most obvious reason is the bad look. A gap in between teeth is a sure way to ruin any smile.

The real damage, however, occurs beneath the surface. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth can move into the vacant space where the lost tooth was. The remaining teeth can grow in crooked which will require additional orthodontic and dental work.

The roots of teeth also preserve and strengthen the jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone around where the tooth root was begins to weaken and get deformed. To maintain proper jaw alignment, shape and strength, the former tooth root needs to be replaced.

Tooth root replacement is the purpose of dental implants. The crown on top of the implant will help avoid the possible crooked teeth issue.

Here are some facts about dental implants that you may have or may not have known:

11 Facts About Dental Implants

According to the American Association of Implant Dentistry:

-3 million Americans have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year

-10 percent of all US dentists place implants but that is increasing

-US dentists have performed more than 5.5 million implants as of 2006

-Implants have been used for thousands of years, with implants made from carved bamboo pegs found in remains in China dating back 4,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptian mummies have been discovered to have dental implants made of precious metal pegs, transplanted human teeth and teeth made of ivory.

-Archeologists in 1931 in Honduras found remains of a Mayan woman from 600 A.D. with tooth-shaped pieces of shell replacing three missing teeth. Two of the shell implants had bone growth around them as well as calculus formation indicating that the implants were both functional and aesthetic.

-The earliest modern day dental implants were performed in 1913 using the Greenfield crib and basket system.

-In 1940, titanium was first discovered to be great implant material

-In 1951, titanium rods were first experimented with and found to be successful and ideal for surgical use

-In the late 1950s, titanium rods were inserted into human jaws

-The first titanium dental implant was performed in 1965.

-There are 3 basic types of dental implants: root form, zygoma implant and small diameter implants

Dental implants have been around for many years. Thankfully, with scientific advancements and increased dental knowledge, they have progressed and are safe, durable and effective.

Dental implants can protect the stability of your jaw bone and maintain proper placement of the rest of your teeth.

If you are missing one tooth or a couple teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Historic Triangle Dental Care today.

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