Like a Real Tooth, Only With a Titanium Root — Dental Implants
Dental implants have become more and more popular as a tooth replacement option over the past 15 years. Their recent popularity makes many people think they are a new part of the dental world. Actually, implants have been around in one for or another for a long time. At Kalil & Kress, we think they are the preferred method for replacing a missing tooth.
Where did dental implants come from?
Modern dental implants, with their titanium base, may be a relatively new addition to dentistry, but humans have tried to replace missing teeth for eons. Archeological digs have unearthed implanted seashells and ivory in the jawbone of ancient Mayans and Egyptians. Who wouldn’t want a cochina shell sitting in there between their natural teeth?
The modern implant can be traced 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 our Nashua office, Drs. Kalil and Kress believe dental implants are the best solution to replace missing teeth, whether it is a tooth that is already gone, or a tooth that is so badly damaged or decayed that it requires extraction.
Some people don’t think you need to replace a missing tooth or two. Not so. If you don’t replace a missing tooth the adjacent teeth tend to spread out to fill the gap. This creates problems with your overall bite and tooth alignment.
Other facts about dental implants
Now that you’re becoming an expert at dental implants, here are some facts about missing teeth and implants:
- 25% of Americans over age 74 have lost all of their natural teeth.
- An estimated 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth.
- 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.
If you’re missing a tooth, call us at Kalil & Kress, 603-880-7004, and let’s talk about replacing it with a dental implant.