If you're adult and you lose one or more teeth, what are your options? In most cases, dental bridges and dentures can return form and function to your mouth, but are they your best choice? Maybe not. Modern dental implants are the most progressive solution for missing teeth.
Dental implants offer benefits that go far beyond a beautiful smile. Implants support surrounding teeth and naturally stimulate the jawbones. Chewing with dentures can be problematic, especially if the appliance does not fit well. A dental implant acts like a real tooth, making it easier to chew food.
The fantastic history of dental implants
For longer than anyone remembers, humans have sought ways to replace missing teeth. Archaeological evidence shows that ancient Egyptians employed ligature wires made of gold as a sort of periodontal device. Paleontologists who study Etruscan culture note that early dentistry included replacement teeth made from animals such as oxen. It is not likely that the human host would accept animal teeth, but the idea was there. Other long-ago civilizations, including the Mayans and Phoenicians, also made valiant attempts to replace missing teeth with rudimentary dental implants.
Throughout the 16th to 18th centuries, teeth were collected from the corpses of underprivileged persons. Some of these teeth were transplanted into folks with missing teeth, but the results were generally disastrous, explains the National Institutes of Health. Even replacement teeth made of various substances such as silver and porcelain failed to provide the sort of dental implants that you can get today.
The history of dental implantation has undoubtedly been a long one. That's because humans need healthy teeth to stay nourished, and they prefer to show a pretty smile, too. Materials ranging from seashells and ivory to gold, cobalt, and platinum have been part of the centuries-long effort to replace missing teeth in a way that is effective and attractive.
Types of implants
Endosteal implants- are set directly into the jawbone. Generally made of titanium and similar to screws in shape, endosteal implants are the most common at this time.
Subperiosteal dental implants- are placed beneath the gum but above the jawbone. This sort of implant is often used in dental patients who do not have sufficient healthy jawbone, explains the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
If your smile is less than stellar, what in the world are you waiting for? Batavia Family Dental offers a wide range of dental services designed to keep your mouth and teeth in good health. If you're missing one or more teeth, we can help you regain your lovely smile while giving you back the ability to bite and chew in a normal fashion.
When you're ready to know more about dental implants, or if you wish to schedule an appointment to talk with the dentist, please contact Batavia Family Dental at your earliest convenience. If you've never been to our dental clinic, please call (585)479-3103. Existing patients are invited to call (585)343-4246 today.
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