A Brief History of Dental Implants

Almost all dental implants these days are called 'root-form endosseous implants' meaning that they look most exactly like an actual tooth root. A titanium post is inserted into the jaw bone where the missing tooth was located. The titanium root actually fuses together with the bone. The major difference between a dental implant and a real tooth is that they feel different when chewing because the implant does not have any periodontal ligaments.

Most dental implants are applied in a two-stage process. The first stage is the surgical part of the dental implant process where the dental implants screws are screwed into the jawbone. The implant remains just below the gum line. The area is allowed to heal for a month or more. At this point, the implants are not visible, but are situated just below the gum line. The second part of that process involves the placement of crowns over the dental implant abutment after adequate healing has taken place.

A denture supported by dental implants will be far more stable than a traditional removable denture. Patients will find everyday tasks easier. They will find speaking easier. They will also not be concerned that their denture may fall out or become loose. Patients report being able to eat foods they have not been able to eat in years. A word of caution is to avoid sticky or very hard foods as you can damage the denture with these types of food.

Many people believe that having missing teeth and the ability to handle the dental implant cost automatically qualifies them for the procedure. However, this isn't entirely the case, as gaps in your smile and having the cost covered are just one part of the equation. Not anyone can just march into an office and get booked for a procedure. Before anything is set up, the dentist has to determine whether or not you qualify for surgery. Dental implants cost quite a lot so that will be a factor, but your health could be in danger if other qualifying elements weren't in place and the surgery was performed anyway. When dental implants are inserted, modifications are often made to the jaw bone itself, and recovery time can be quite lengthy.

Infection and inflammation: Following the procedure, there is the possibility of developing an infection.