A century ago, Swedish scientist Per-Ingvar Branemark developed dental implants, or artificial tooth replacements. Implants arose from patients who needed to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since then, engineering and enhancements enable dentists to use implants to replace missing or lost teeth.
Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions, including:
- Single-tooth replacement
- Anterior replacement
- Posterior replacement
- Full Upper replacement
By far the most popular, the root implant is the most effective because it mirrors the size, shape, and strength of a patient’s natural tooth.
We place the implant or artificial root into the jawbone under local anesthesia, and then allow it to heal and integrate with the bone. Once the healing process completes and the jawbone attaches to the implant, the patient returns to our office where we fit the implant with the new tooth. This takes anywhere from three to eight months.
Implant as a Treatment Option
If the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth, we may decide an implant is the most appropriate treatment.
Post Implant Care
Although we always recommend proper oral hygiene for maintaining good dental health, it’s especially important when you receive a dental implant.
Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when you improperly clean teeth and gums, which cause gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Jawbone recession weakens implants and eventually makes it necessary to remove the implant.
We advise you to visit your dentist at least twice a year to ensure the health of your teeth and implants. With proper care, dental implants can last for decades.