Missing teeth are a common dental problem that many people experience though it is avoidable through the practice of proper dental hygiene, care, regular checkups, and cleaning. However, there are still some factors that can cause tooth loss like injuries or trauma. Thankfully, with the advancements in technology, dental treatments and services have also improved in providing better smiles.
Dental restorations are now available to provide replacements for missing teeth more effectively. One of the most in-demand procedure to replace missing teeth are dental implants that offer a natural-looking, durable, and stable restoration compared to other conventional treatments. The placement of the dental implants are permanent and can only be removed under oral surgery.
At Comprehensive Dentistry, we understand the consequences presented by missing teeth as well as the benefits associated once they are replaced. With that in mind, we offer Dental implants as restoration for a more natural look and feel that many people prefer over other conventional approaches.
Dental implants are screw-like dental device surgically placed on the patient’s jawbone to act as the replacement root to hold the dental prosthesis. Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures are used depending on the number of missing teeth that need to be replaced. Thanks to osseointegration – the process where the bone naturally fuses with the titanium implant – bone growth occur which further strengthens the foundation of the teeth.
The Evolution of Dental Implants Over the Years
The procedure may be new to some, but the idea of a dental implant procedure has been around for thousands of years! People from ancient times tried to come up with different techniques for teeth replacement like:
- Ancient Chinese people once used carved bamboo pegs for missing teeth.
- Ancient Egyptians used a copper peg for their King as a teeth replacement, although it is believed that the procedure was performed post-mortem due to its excruciating process.
- Phoenicians created fixed bridges out of teeth carved from ivory and gold wire.
- Mayans used to hammer shells into the jawbone and were believed to be successful since there were traces of bone regeneration near the placed shells.
- Others even used bones, stones, metals, animal and even human teeth in an attempt for restorations.
- It was in the year of 1952 when an orthopedic surgeon came across a material that he used when experimenting with the bone healing and regeneration. He placed a titanium cylinder on a rabbit’s femur in which bone has grown close to. Experimentations were continuously performed and when in 1965, the first titanium dental implant was placed on the jawbone of a human volunteer.
Since then additional improvements were developed to ensure the effectivity in replacing missing teeth with the help of dental implants. Nowadays, people with missing teeth can enjoy smiling, talking, eating to their heart’s content without much to worry about.
Aiming to restore your teeth as natural as it was before? Contact us to know more about Implant Dentistry in Bloomingdale, IL, or to schedule your appointment with Comprehensive Dentistry.