Dental Implants have come a long way since they were first introduced to mainstream public more than fifty years ago. But before modern implants presented an opportunity for people to restore their smiles, ancient civilizations had already paved the way for material other than tooth structure to be used to enhance a smile.
Ancient Egyptians and Their Teeth
Self-image has been important to humans since the dawn of man. Ancient Egyptians used shaped pieces of shell and ivory to give the appearance of a full set of teeth. Even the Mayans in 600 AD were inserting pieces of shell in to the lower jaw to rectify tooth loss. The beauty of a full complement of teeth has been coveted the world over and for thousands of years – making today’s modern dental implants a viable choice for most patients hoping to replace missing teeth. The success of modern implants is due to the research and studies of an orthopedic surgeon, who discovered the body’s ability to accept small titanium screws – the most common material used to fabricate dental implants.
Are You a Candidate For Dental Implants?
General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental acknowledge that just like any treatment option – it may not be right for everyone. Dental Implants are used to replace missing teeth and are inserted directly in to the jaw bone. In order for implants to be placed there has to be a certain level of bone to accept the implant. Sometimes bone is lacking due to trauma from an injury or due to natural bone recession that occurs over time when teeth are missing. A Bone Graft may have to be done by a Periodontist prior to an implant being placed, and in a few circumstances an implant just isn’t a viable option.
How Long Does it Take For An Implant To Heal?
Once a Dental Implant is placed there is approximately three months of healing before the implant can be restored. During this time a very important process called osseointegration is taking place. Osseointegration refers to the firm anchoring of the implant by natural bone building around it. Without the completion of this process the implant cannot have weight put on it – meaning no chewing on the implant is allowed, so a healing cap is kept on until the implant is ready for the final crown.
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