The solution for missing teeth has changed drastically over the years. Dental implants are now one of the most popular forms of tooth replacement that provide unmatched stability and durability. However, they weren’t always made of titanium and have gone through quite the journey to becoming what they are today. Read on to learn more about their evolution and how today’s implants are more beneficial than ever.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are posts surgically inserted into the jawbone. They are a unique solution to missing teeth because they replace the entire tooth structure from the root up. The implant post fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration, creating a stable foundation for an abutment that supports the crown, bridge, or denture. Implants are a great solution for tooth loss because they give you a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural teeth.
The Evolution of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most advanced treatment for missing teeth – but they didn’t always occupy this title. Here’s the history behind this tooth-replacement method.
According to several historical records, dental implants have been around for well over a thousand years. Many civilizations implanted foreign materials into the jawbone as a solution for tooth loss. For example, archaeologists discovered materials like seashells and carved stones embedded into the jaws of ancient Mayans, dating back to 600 A.D. In some instances, the materials fused with the bone – just like modern dental implants!
In the 1950s, the dental implantation process made a significant advancement. It was discovered, purely by accident, that metal titanium can fuse with the bone to create an effective dental implant. Thus, the term osseointegration was born. The first titanium dental implant procedure was in 1965, and since then, titanium has become the go-to material for this procedure.
Today, advances in dental implant research, materials, and design are ongoing as technology evolves. The latest software allows dentists to plan treatment more effectively, achieve optimum placement of implants, and promote bone growth more predictably.
Benefits of Today’s Dental Implants
You can expect to reap several benefits with modern-day dental implants, including:
- A roughened design that allows greater surface area for the jawbone to fuse with, amounting to a stronger bond.
- Advancements in implant materials provide patients with a faster healing time. Now, some people can complete the healing and fusion stage of treatment in as little as six weeks!
- They’re biocompatible, meaning they’re non-allergenic and readily accepted by your body. They help trigger osseointegration, a critical step in implant therapy!
Dental implants are a highly functional, advanced, and aesthetically pleasing solution for missing teeth. Consult with your dentist about starting your journey towards a restored smile, and get ready to reap the benefits!
About the Practice
At Tamborello Dental Associates, we offer comprehensive dentistry services for patients of all ages. Our specialists and team bring years of combined training and experience to provide patients with the highest preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. With the transformative power of dental implants, you can regain a long-lasting, healthy, and beautiful smile. If you’re interested in learning more about this tooth replacement option, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists via our website or call (713) 522-7540.