Dental implants have become an increasingly popular substitute for dentures. An implant is a titanium post that takes the place of a tooth root, surgically placed into the jawbone and beneath the gum line that allows a dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area.
An implant does not come loose like dentures can.
History of Dental implants
In 1950’s, Dr P.I. Branemark discovered through animal research that bone can bond with titanium, a phenomenon known as ‘osseointegration’ – or the bonding of bone to metal. His research led, in the mid 1960’s, to his first successful experiment on a human. This experiment was so successful that his first patient went on to live another 40 years with the original implants still in place and functioning well.
However, Dr Branemark’s discovery of osseo-integration went without a lot of notice, because there were many others who reacted with fear and scepticism about the findings. The technological advance did not gain momentum to be commonly used until the 1990’s, when – along with greater success and discovery of more advanced techniques – people found the benefits.
Here’s a brief history of how the use of osseointegration grew. It is an interesting lesson to watch.
Now in 2017, osseointegration is a highly predictable and commonplace treatment that has increased the quality of life for many people across the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that as many as 240 million people in the world have missing teeth (‘edentulous’), with 30% of that number in the Oceania region. That is a huge number of people who can benefit from this treatment.
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Why dental implants?
The benefits of dental implants are improved aesthetics (appearance), function (use), comfort; confidence and self-esteem (FORa).
Where once wearing dentures was the only way to replace missing teeth, conventional partial and full dentures can be difficult to wear, can break, and make chewing of certain foods difficult. People who wear dentures can now get their teeth back with dental implants.
Dental implant treatment is more widely available, success rates are 95% or more (FORb). Huge advances in implant design, bone grafting procedures and digital techniques has led to increasing acceptance and decreasing costs.
What problems can I have?
Not everyone may be suitable to have dental implants however. For the technique to be successful you need to have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implants. If your bone is too thin or soft, it will be unable to support the implant although a bone graft can be carried out to address this issue. Similarly, if there is not enough height in the jaw or if the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may need a sinus lift. Download our brochure on
‘All You Need To Know About Dental Implants’
Specialists at Dentserve
Not every dentist carries out dental implants. Training in this area is not included in a general dental degree. Implant specialists need specific post-graduate training and must stay constantly updated with the latest clinical findings and procedures. Our dentists experienced in dental cosmetics have this training to ensure that they provide the best care and success before, during and after treatment.
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FORa, n.d (no date). Patient Demand. Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR) Retrieved from https://www.for.org/en/treat/treatment-guidelines/edentulous/patient-assessment/patient-demand?active_tid=246
FORb, n.d. (no date). 10 Facts About Dental Implants. Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR). Retrieved from https://www.for.org/en/resources/infographics/10-facts-about-dental-implants
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