- Only dental implants provide the look, the feel, and the complete function of natural teeth.
- Dental implants, 98% of the time, will last for the rest of your life.
- In most situations, dental implants are better than dentures, allowing your jaw to retain its natural shape.
In addition, there are many cosmetic benefits of dental implants. Dental implants can make you smile confidently, increasing your chance of a promotion at your next job interview. Dental implants can also help you speak more clearly, as missing teeth can change how clearly you speak.
In some ways, dental implants are a better solution. With missing teeth, your jawbone structure will change, even if you get dentures. Dental implants, fitted to your jawbone, will make your jaw retain its natural shape, eliminating the need of future denture adjustments.
The History of Dental Implants
For thousands of years, civilizations have tried various ways to replace missing teeth. The ancient Mayans, in 600 AD, tried treating patients with tooth-like pieces of shell. Other cultures have used animal teeth, pieces of precious metal, and gemstones to fashion dental implants. Thankfully, dentists have perfected the art of dental implants in modern times, with the discovery of a process called osseointegration. In the 1950s, a dental surgeon discovered that titanium, as well as other high-strength metals, fused well with bone. The principle of osseointegration is a key component of today’s dental implant technology.
Dental Implants: Built To Last
Here are a few other facts about the strength of modern dental implants:
- Dental implants are built to last, with a titanium “root,” a strong abutment to hold the implant, and a strong, resin-based crown to look like a real tooth.
- While crowns often need replaced after fifteen years, dental implants will last for the rest of your life in most cases.
- You will never have to worry about cavities or additional work on a dental implant.
Also, dental implants can be used with other treatments if you can only afford one or two implants. Dental implants provide a strong base for fitting crowns, which can support other natural teeth.
Did you know that dental implants last for the rest of your life, 98% of the time? With computer-aided design and high-tech imaging techniques, your implants are made with high-tech, durable materials and can withstand most stress.