Dental implants certainly are referred to as the ‘gold standard’ of tooth replacements but their success isn’t an overnight phenomenon. With success rates as high as 98% and the only permanent option to replace missing teeth, dental implants are the ideal choice for long term dental health. But the dental implant procedure isn’t a walk in the park; it takes commitment and some steely resolve for a reward that is well worth it. Here are some lesser-known facts about implants that might make you look at dental implant surgery in a different way.
Dental Implant Surgery Has Been Carried Out For A Really Long Time
Perhaps their success rates aren’t surprising when you consider that humans have been using mechanical ways to restore their teeth since 2500 BCE.
In China in 2000 BCE people weren’t using porcelain; they were using bamboo to replace their missing teeth.
In 600 AD the Mayans are recorded using seashells and hammers for their dental needs.
Modern dentistry has, fortunately, improved a great deal since then, making the dental implant procedure more comfortable, more accurate and longer-lasting as a restorative technique, than many others.
And some of our thanks should go to titanium.
Titanium Has Helped Us Out A Lot
The small titanium screws that are placed during dental implant surgery, and that support your impressive new dental crown are used extensively in medical technology. It’s strong, lightweight and non-corrosive- making it ideal for dental implants as well as a number of biotech applications. Its ability to assist in bone formation and bone bonding makes it an excellent choice for dental implants.
Dental Implants Were Born In The 1960s
While dental implants have been around since the 1930s, they advanced really quickly in the 1960s when … we started to use titanium. The first successful titanium implant was placed on a patient in 1965.
Tooth Implants Are Going Digital Too
Implant dentistry is keeping pace with digital transformation too. Now dental practitioners have computer-aided guidance to assist them with more accurate placement of tooth implants. Digital imaging helps professionals plan and treat patients faster, and patients are reaping the benefits.
When you consider the tooth replacement options that are available, dental implants make sense. We’ve been perfecting the art and science of the dental implant procedure for thousands of years. Sure, there have been quite a few mishaps over the centuries, but anyone opting for implant surgery in today’s landscape is fortunate to have such an advanced and well-documented procedure available, with relatively predictable outcomes.
It is still important for practitioners to screen and risk manage their patients for the best clinical outcome but with advances in bone grafting and treatments like the all-on-4 system available, more patients have the permanence of tooth implants at their disposal than ever.
For patients who want a permanent tooth replacement that bites and looks just like their natural teeth, tooth implants are the answer. To find out more about the dental implant procedure and whether you could be a candidate, please contact us for an appointment: (02) 9181 3668.
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