Just Like Your Regular Teeth, But Maybe Better
Dental implants have become pretty commonplace in the last decade or so. Actually, dental implants have been around for a long time. They’ve been used for tooth replacement in modern dentistry for the past 50 years. But implants have been around even longer than that. At Kalil & Kress, we believe implants are far and away the best solution for missing teeth. Here’s some background on these titanium stand-ins.
Think 50 years is a long history? Archeological digs have unearthed implanted seashells and ivory in the jawbone of ancient Mayans and Egyptians. Maybe it was the gloss of the seashells (some of which do look like your canine teeth, when you think about it) that made people try implanting them.
The modern implant, non-seashell version, dates back to 1952. Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Branemark, was studying bone healing and regeneration. He inserted a titanium screw into a rabbit tibia to mend a break, but found that when he tried to remove the screw later the bone had fully grown around it and it couldn’t be removed. A decade of research followed and the modern dental implant debuted in 1965.
At Kalil & Kress, we believe dental implants are the best solution to replace a missing tooth, whether it is a tooth that is already gone, or a tooth that is so badly damaged or decayed that it requires extraction.
Most people don’t think you need to replace a missing tooth or two. After all it’s just a gap in your teeth, right? But your adjacent teeth don’t get the memo and they try and move over to occupy the open space. This creates problems with your overall bite and tooth alignment. Your jawbone tends to degenerate under missing teeth as well.
Here are some other facts about dental implants:
- An estimated 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth.
- 25% of Americans over age 74 have lost all of their natural teeth.
- Dental implants are basically a titanium screw that is set into the hole in the jawbone where the natural tooth root was anchored. The jawbone then grows around the implant in a process known as osseointegration.
- Once in place, implants function like a natural tooth, transferring the energy from biting and chewing down into the jawbone beneath the artificial tooth. This stimulation is responsible for the jawbone continually renewing itself, a process that prevents bone loss.
- Implants can also be used to anchor partial or complete dentures.
- Implants now have a 98% success rate.
The great thing about implants is that once in place they behave exactly like your natural teeth. You can eat whatever you want and you care for them exactly as you do your natural teeth.
If you’re missing a tooth or have a badly decayed tooth that may need to be extracted, let’s replace it with a dental implant. Call us at 603-880-7004 and let’s take a look.