A dental implant is a small, medical-grade titanium post that acts as a new root to support a single new tooth or multiple new teeth. Dental implants are long lasting, integrated or fused to the jaw bone in a manner similar to a tooth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants can be placed the same day the existing teeth are removed to quickly restore your smile. Your implants are firmly affixed, do not shake loose, and can last a lifetime.
A single tooth dental implant has three parts:
- The titanium implant, which acts like the root of a tooth and is fused to the jaw bone.
- The crown, which connects to the top of the implant and is custom designed and fabricated to fit in your mouth like a natural tooth crown.
- The abutment, which is attached to the implant and supports the crown, acting as a connecter between the implant and the crown.
All three parts come together to give dental implant patients a natural-looking smile. The dental implant design makes it a highly desirable replacement option for restoring the mouth to its natural form and function. In addition, the teeth adjacent to the restored ones are completely unaffected by the procedure, so you don’t have to worry about your healthy teeth being damaged during the process. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence and eat virtually anything, knowing that their teeth appear and function just like natural teeth.
Dental Implant History
Dental implants have been in use by patients for more than 20 years, and the vast majority of the implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons are still functioning at peak performance. Modern bone implant technology began in 1952 from an experiment conducted by Swedish professor and orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Brånemark made use of titanium implants as a way to understand the flow of blood in the bone. His discovery of osseointegration, the fusion between implant and bone, was revolutionary.
With over 40 years of studies proving dental implants to be long lasting and recent years showing a success rate of 96%, this procedure has become the best and most predictable option for the replacement of teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Patients who undergo dental implant placement find that the restoration offers a variety of benefits not provided by other forms of dental restoration, such as fixed bridges, removable stay-plates, and removable dentures. Dental implants provide the following benefits:
- Retain natural facial aesthetics. Dental implant patients can smile with confidence knowing that their teeth look and function just like natural, healthy teeth.
- A long-term solution. Dental implants are a proven long-term solution with a 96% success rate. A dental implant can last a lifetime if properly placed and cared for. Although it may need periodic adjustments, patients with dental implants do not need to worry about implant replacement once the implant has integrated with the jaw bone.
- Maintenance of healthy teeth. With dental implants, there is no need to grind down healthy teeth to cement a bridge or rely on the strength of adjacent teeth to carry the burden of a bridge.
- Stable retention and security. Dental implants also keep adjacent teeth from shifting, a common occurrence when a tooth is missing for an extended period of time. Additionally, dental implants help prevent the deterioration of the jaw bone that commonly occurs when teeth are lost.
The By Design Dental Implant Experience
By Design Dental Implant Center caters exclusively to this rapidly expanding field, offering patients a unique approach to implant dentistry. Every member of the staff at By Design Dental Implant Center works as a team to support our patients in a compassionate manner and utilizes open communication through every step of your customized treatment plan. Whether you are having a dental implant placed to restore a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, our patients can feel confident that the entire By Design team is available every step of the way to answer questions, address concerns, and ensure that they receive an optimal surgical outcome.