Dental implants are a way to restore missing teeth, one that provides more comfort and stability to a patient’s smile than any other treatment currently available. This high-quality restoration is possible thanks to the unique structure of dental implants and the biological processes that make the treatment possible.
There are two types of implant that are used in modern dentistry:
Here at Dr. Stuart J. Froum DDS, the type of implant treatment we provide to our New York area patients uses proven endosteal implants.
A full dental implant restoration is made up of three different pieces:
The reason why dental implants are so successful is because of a natural, biological process called osseointegration. Not many people are aware, but the jawbone is able to regenerate itself. It is by taking advantage of this regenerative process that dental implants are able to succeed. When the implant fixture is placed, it stimulates the jawbone, causing it to begin healing.
As the jawbone heals, new bone tissue grows up and along the implant fixture. And, because the implant fixture is made from titanium, this new tissue will fuse with the implant fixture instead of rejecting it. Some implant fixtures are also made with small holes in the base, which this new tissue will thread itself through, holding the fixture permanently into place.
Thanks to osseointegration, dental implants have a couple of unique benefits. For instance, your implants rarely move out of place or fall out because your jawbone will hold them in place.
And, because your implants are directly linked to your jawbone, they will be able to provide the stimulation required to prevent jawbone deterioration.
Which type of restoration you will use will depend on your unique need. More specifically, it will depend on how many teeth you are missing:
For this treatment, at least two implant fixtures are placed, which will be at the ends of the dental bridge. Once healed, an abutment is attached to each fixture and the dental bridge connected at both points.
For these patients, the best treatment available may be to have an implant supported overdenture placed. Two to six implant fixtures will be placed along the arch. Once healed, an abutment is attached to each fixture and the overdenture connected which is fixed and does not shift when you eat or speak.
It may seem like the rise in popularity with dental implants came suddenly, but the treatment has actually been available for decades now.
The foundation of dental implants was discovered in 1952. A researcher named Per-Ingvar Brånemark was studying the anatomy of blood flow by placing a small, titanium-housed optical component into the leg of a rabbit. When the research period was over, Brånemark went to remove the titanium piece, only to find that it had fused to the rabbit’s bone.
This discovery began a whole new period of research, during which Brånemark worked to find out how well the human body could tolerate titanium. In 1965, he placed the first dental implants in patient Gösta Larsson. These implants lasted Larsson up until he passed away in 2006, just over 40 years later.
It is important that you do not hesitate to get your missing teeth replaced, as there are many oral health problems that can arise due to missing teeth.
Fortunately, dental implants provide an excellent way of restoring missing teeth, providing unparalleled function, comfort, and stability.
Now that you know more about the structure of this treatment, it is time to contact our office and schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Stuart J. Froum. Call today and begin your journey to a beautiful, restored smile.
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