For how long do you think dental implants have been used in dental procedures? Did you guess 20 years? Or 50 years? Well, both of those answers are wrong.
Actually, dental implants have been documented as far back as 4,000 years ago!
Four thousand years ago, pegs were carved out of bamboo in China, copper was used in Egypt, and iron teeth were in practice in Western Europe.
But no one has bamboo, copper, or iron teeth anymore.
We have learned that even our ancestors knew how important replacing missing teeth were. They must have known that without a replacement tooth, the empty space where the natural tooth was opens up a laundry list of oral problems such as bone loss, speech impediments, premature aging (like wrinkles), risk of severe oral infection, and others. Dental implants are considered to be such a revolutionary procedure because they take care of all of those potential problems in one procedure.
A single dental implant consists of three crucial pieces:
- The medical-grade titanium implant put into the jaw and as the new tooth root;
- The abutment connects the implant and crown together;
- The tooth crown placed on top of the abutment that is created to look and function like a natural tooth.
For those who are missing several or all of their teeth, a multiple dental implant solution may seem out of reach. But there are modern techniques such as implant-retained overdentures, or there’s the All-on-4® method, which may be the solution to your oral health problems. This type of procedure acts on the basic principles of a single dental implant but accommodates a full upper or lower arch of teeth. It is ideal for patients missing most of their teeth and is considered a fast, secure, and permanent solution to full-arch restoration. With a short surgical procedure and a minimal recovery period, it’s no wonder why this procedure is so popular and many patients are happy with their secure, natural-looking, permanent results.
With advances in modern dentistry, dental implants have a high success rate (96%). For more information about treatment options with dental implants and to determine if you’re a candidate, please schedule a consultation with our office today.