Innovations in Dentistry: Dental Implants

by Dr. Phil Durden

Dental Implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by Swedish orthopedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Brânemark. Brânemark explored and developed the concept of "osseointegration" in which natural bone will grow around (or "integrate" with) titanium, making it an option for prosthetic replacements in the human body. This became the breakthrough discovery that launched an entirely new phase of restorative dentistry.

Today, titanium dental implants are used as artificial "roots" to rebuild missing teeth. They are placed in a dental office under local anesthesia and restored after they have been given time to integrate with the jaw bone.

Prior to the advent of dental implants, a single missing tooth could only be restored with a dental bridge, which requires preparation of adjacent teeth, or, a removable appliance, such as a partial denture or flipper. Today, dental implants can be used to restore a single tooth back to a natural-looking state and stabilize a patient's overall bite.

Dental implants have become the ideal anchors for dentures; patients that struggle with loose or ill-fitting dentures frequently benefit from the additional support offered by dental implants. They can also be used to secure a bridge when multiple missing teeth are involved.

I have been placing dental implants for over 15 years. They are an integral part of my practice and offer virtually limitless solutions for major challenges due to missing or damaged teeth.  There is no better feeling than to help someone smile again after they have gone through the trauma and embarassment of tooth loss.

If you or a loved one have questions about the benefits of dental implants, please do not hesitate to Contact Us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Durden.

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