October 18, 2016
When you lose a permanent tooth, you will want to find a replacement option quickly. Don’t waste your time and money on options that will give you a good smile for only five to ten years. Invest in the life of your smile with dental implants from Hugh B. Rosenblatt, DMD, PA in Boynton Beach, FL. Dental implants will outlast all other tooth replacement options and keep you smiling freely for years to come.
Brief Background on Dental Implants
Dental implants are not a new idea that the dental community came up with. They are actually a concept from ancient history. Researchers have discovered evidence of implant efforts as far back as the ancient Mayan civilization. As with many great ideas, the initial attempts were less than effective. The ancient Mayans used materials like seashells and other hard minerals they could find as teeth replacement options. While these early attempts seem almost laughable to us today, they do show us one important factor to take note of. Bodies of these early Mayans showed evidence of their bone trying to bond with the shells and minerals used as tooth replacements. The body wants to have a full set of teeth, and it will do what it can to make that a reality.
Special Talent of Dental Implants
Dental implants (other than the early primitive efforts) have existed in one inefficient form or another since the early 1900s, but the breakthrough that makes today’s version of dental implants possible came from research that had nothing to do with dentistry. It was actually the result of research being conducted on blood flow in the bones of rabbits in the 1950s. Dr. P. Brånemark, who was conducting the study, had inserted titanium chambers into the femur bones of the rabbits. He found that when he tried to remove the chambers, they had become fixed to the bone. The bond between the titanium chambers and the bone was complete, and removal of the chambers resulted in a break between bone and bone, never between the cylinder and the bone. This trait of being able to fully bond with the bone structure, known as osseointegration, is unique to titanium, and it’s one of the central reasons implants are so effective as a tooth replacement option today.
THE Replacement Option for Permanent Teeth
Since Brånemark’s discovery, dental implants have only gotten better. The first dental implants Dr. Brånemark placed were in 1965. He inserted four implants into his patient’s mouth, and they fully integrated with the bone structure and healed within six months. From there, those implants lasted this first patient for 40 years! The best you can hope for out of alternative teeth replacement options today is about 15 years. So, if one of the first iterations of titanium dental implants lasted more than twice as long as any alternative, imagine how much more effective the implant options of today are! With proper care at home and from Dr. Rosenblatt, there is no reason to believe that your dental implants will not last you for the rest of your life.
Additional Benefits of Dental Implants
Osseointegration is one big reason to choose titanium dental implants, but it is by far not the only reason. Here are some other reasons to look at dental implants as the only replacement option worth your time and hard-earned money.
- Bone Health – Have you ever seen a person who has lost all of their teeth? Have you noticed how their face looks like it has shrunk? Well, the reason it looks that way is because they have suffered bone deterioration due to nothing being placed in the open spots of their jaw to support their bone. Your permanent teeth do more than just chew your food. They also keep the bone structure of your jaw full and healthy. If you lose a tooth, you risk deterioration of that bone. Dental implants are able to protect you against that. By being placed in the areas of your missing teeth, they will provide the support that your bone needs. This keeps your face looking full, and now your smile will be full again as well.
- Feel – A dental implant acts in the same way as your natural tooth root did. This means that it feels like your natural tooth root did as well. Coupled with the benefit of a total bond with your bone structure, you will be able to enjoy a feel as natural as your real tooth provided. No slipping or ill-fitting dentures. No messy denture adhesives. A stable fit and a great smile are what you are going to get from dental implants.