The use of dental implants is a very common practice. Although research on dental implant designs, materials and techniques has increased in the past few years and is expected to expand in the future. Dental Implants is a procedure that replaces Tooth roots with metal. In this article we provide a brief history and evolution of dental implants. It also describes the types of implants that have been developed and why and when Dental implants is required and how it works.
History of Dental Implants
In the Ancient Egypt carved seashells or carved stones were placed into human jaw bone to replace missing teeth, and some of the early implants are fabricated from noble metals and shaped to recreate natural roots.Starting with early civilization more than 2000 years ago, in South and North America, the archaeological findings have shown that these civilization replaced missing teeth with bones and gold.
Evolution of Dental Implants
In 1992 the development of modern ceramics. Dental Implants companies have incorporated ceramic surface treatment and ceramic like elements to implement with the purpose of further enhancing. Today, approximately 450,000 dental implants are being placed every year, with an expectation of 95% success rate (in the case of single tooth replacement with an implant supported crown), with minimum risks and associated complications).
Dental Implants is required when
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have a jawbone that’s reached full growth
- Have adequate bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Don’t have health conditions that will affect bone healing
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Want to improve your speech
- Are willing to commit several months to the process
How it works
Dental Implant surgery is usually performed in stages:
- Your damaged tooth is removed.
- Your jawbone is prepared for surgery, a process that may involve bone grafting.
- After your jawbone heals, your oral surgeon places the dental implant metal post in your jawbone.
- You go through a healing period that may last several months.
- Your oral surgeon places the abutment, which is an extension of the implant metal post. (In some cases, when the implant is very stable, this can be done at the same time that the implant is placed.)
- After the soft tissue heals, your dentist will make molds of your teeth and jawbone and later place the final tooth or teeth.
- The entire process can take many months from start to finish. Much of that time is devoted to healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw.
Dental Implant Results
Dental implants are successful. However, the bone fails to fuse sufficiently to the metal implant. Which can be a result of excessive smoking and can lead to dental implant failure or might cause complications.
What you should do to avoid complications
- Maintain excellent hygiene:Just as with your natural teeth, keep implants, artificial teeth and gum tissue clean. Specially designed brushes, such as an interdental brush that slides between teeth, can help clean the nooks and crannies around teeth, gums and metal posts.
- Visit your dentist regularly:Schedule regular dental checkups to ensure the health and proper functioning of your implants.
- Good habits are must:Don’t chew hard items, such as ice and hard candy, which can break your crowns — or your natural teeth. Avoid tooth-staining tobacco and caffeine products. Get treatment if you grind your teeth.
Reference from: Wikipedia & Mayo Clinic