Invented in 1952 by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Branemark, implants are now used as an important treatment method in dentistry. A dental implant, which is a surgical intervention placed in the jaw bone and allowed to fuse with the bone for a while, acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. In turn, this “artificial tooth root” serves to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Having an implant treatment fused to the jawbone is the closest type of treatment to imitating a natural tooth. Because it stands on its own without affecting the surrounding teeth and has a great stability. The fusion process between the Implant Treatments and the jawbone is called “osseointegration”. Most dental implants are made of titanium, which allows them to integrate with the bone without being recognized as a foreign object in our body. With the help of science and technology, the results of dental implant placement have improved enormously. Today, the success rate of Implant Treatments is close to 98%.
Why Do You Need a Dental Implant?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all teeth. The purpose of tooth replacement in dentistry is to restore function as well as aesthetics.
There are generally three options when it comes to tooth replacement:
- Removable dental instruments (full dentures or partial dentures),
- Fixed tooth bridge
- Dental implant
Dentures are a more affordable option for tooth replacement, but are the least desirable due to the inconvenience of a removable tool in the mouth. Moreover, prostheses can affect a person’s taste and sensory experience with food.
Before Implant Treatments became a relatively new transition, the dental bridge was the more common restorative option. The main disadvantage of bridging is the dependence on natural teeth available for support. Implants are supported only by bone and do not affect the surrounding natural teeth. Some factors are important in choosing, especially for dental implants.
These factors are;
- Missing teeth or location of teeth,
- The amount and quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed,
- The health of the patient,
- Patient preference.
A dental surgeon examines the area to consider for a Implant treatments and makes a clinical assessment of whether the patient is a good candidate for an implant treatment.
Choosing a dental implant for tooth replacement has great advantages over other options. Implant Treatments act as protectors as they can replace missing teeth without affecting or replacing adjacent teeth. Moreover, since dental implants are integrated into the bone structure, they are very stable and can have the look and feel of one’s own natural teeth. Lygos Clinic has dentists who are experts in dental implant and if you have any questions please contact us or make an online appointment here.