In 1952 a Swedish physician named Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark accidentally discovered a phenomenon called osseointegration that allowed metal to bond with bone. Dr. Brånemark, who is considered the "father of modern dental implantology," conducted clinical research that led treatment of the first dental implant patient in 1965. Since that time, dental implant treatment has become the standard of care for dental patients.
Osseointegration is the biological process by which living bone fuses with the titanium dental implant to form a man-made tooth root.
Dental implants are synthetic roots that replace natural teeth. Titanium implants actually bond to natural bone and become the sub-structure for non-removable teeth.
Dental implants are the best choice for replacement of missing teeth. Here are ten reasons to consider dental implant for replacement of missing teeth.
#1 Success: The success rate for dental implants is very high. Studies indicate a success rate ranging from 98 to 99% over a period of 10 to 15 years of follow-up.
#2 A Healthy Mouth: Dental implants allow you to replace a tooth without affecting the surrounding teeth. The surrounding teeth are not compromised when an implant is placed. You don’t need to get a bridge anymore to replace a single tooth. You can treat the specific area where the tooth is missing.
#3 Bone Health: When a dental implant is in place, the bone reacts by fusing around the surface of the implant. The concept is called the internal bone remodeling stimulus. The implant actually stimulates the bone. Dental implants tend to maintain bone levels.
#4 Convenience: Dental implants are a permanent non-removable solution. A dental implant supported prosthesis does not need to be stored in a jar at night.
#5 Peace of Mind: Removable dentures can loosen and fall out when least expected. Dental implant supported prostheses won’t fall out or loosen.
#6 Comfort: Removable partial appliances tend to move and rub on the surrounding teeth, which wears out the enamel and ultimately loosens the teeth in the socket. These removable appliances can weaken surrounding bone and ligaments, ultimately causing tooth mobility and even tooth loss. Dental implants do not damage surrounding teeth.
#7 Scientifically Proven: Dental implant technology is a proven protocol and because of digital technology, the overall prosthesis and the individual teeth are stronger, plus it takes less time to fabricate.
#8 Improved Facial Features: Removable dentures can lead to bone loss over time which can cause a sunken appearance of face. Dental implant treatment supports the facial structure. It’s almost like having an internal face lift.
#9 Self-Esteem: When people lose their teeth, they may become depressed and feel less confident. This can eventually lead to withdrawal and social isolation due to anxiety and embarrassment. They may feel self-conscious and avoid smiling. This can affect their social lives. Many people avoid social situations. Dental implant supported teeth dramatically improve appearance and self-confidence. Dental implant patients report a dramatic improvement in self-esteem.
#10 Improved Health: Dental implants make eating more enjoyable. Better chewing ability means better nutrition.
"Dental implants have improved the quality of life for numerous patients over the past 50+ years. Pi Dental Center's trademarked Teeth In A Day® protocol has provided a quick and efficient process for tooth replacement," states Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, board certified prosthodontist at Pi Dental Center.
If you have missing teeth or require tooth extraction, call us to discuss dental implants.