Benefits of Dental implants
Dental implants as we know them today were invented in 1952 by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named per – Ingvar Brane mark. Today they are considered the standard of care for prosthetic replacement of missing teeth in dentistry. A dental implant is a surgical fitting that is placed into the jaw bone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months. The dental implant acts as a replacement tooth or a bridge. Having a dental implant fused to the jaw bone is the closest thing mimicking a natural tooth because it stands on its own without affecting the nearby teeth and has great stability. The process of fusion between the dental implant and the jaw bone is called ‘Osteointegration.
Most dental implants are made of titanium which permits them to mix with bone without being recognized as a foreign object in our body. Over time technology and science have progressed to generally improve the outcomes of dental implants placement. Today the success rate for dental implants close to 98%.
Why would you need dental implants? Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or overall, of the teeth. The achievement of teeth replacement in dentistry is to restore function as well as aesthetics. Dentures are the cheaper option for replacement teeth but are the least needed because of the inconvenience of a removable appliance in the mouth. Dentures can affect one’s taste and sensory experience with food. Dental bridgework was a more common restorative option prior to the relatively recent shift to dental implant treatment. The main disadvantage of bridgework is the dependence on existing natural teeth for support. Implants are supported by bone only and do not affect surrounding natural teeth for support.
A dental surgeon examines the area to be considered for the dental implant and makes a clinical assessment of whether the patient is a good candidate for dental implants. There are great advantages to selecting a dental implant for tooth replacement over the other options. Dental implants are conservative in that missing teeth can be replaced without affecting or altering the adjacent teeth, they are very stable and can have the look and feel of one’s own natural teeth. It all depends on the patient’s acceptance.