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How Have Dental Implants Evolved Over the Years?

February 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — newusmiles @ 3:33 pm
a computer illustration of a dental implant

For thousands of years, communities across the globe have been advancing and constantly developing new solutions to help replace missing teeth. Today, the dental world is ushering in a modern, state-of-the-art treatment called dental implants that rivals all other treatments. However, they weren’t always the best solution for missing teeth. Over the last few decades, they have undergone countless upgrades that have made them longer-lasting, more durable, and more lifelike. Read on to learn about how dental implants have evolved over the years and why they’re better than ever.

It All Started in the 1950s

The discovery that sparked dental researchers’ interest in this treatment was that titanium had a biocompatible nature that allowed it to seamlessly fuse with bone. A Swedish surgeon made this discovery when he went to remove titanium leg implants and he couldn’t, because it had fused with the bone. Years later, this process was called osseointegration and is the foundation of the dental implant procedure and what makes it so unique. Due to this method, dentists were able to not only replace the biting surface of missing teeth that are located above the gumline, but also the roots, which play a crucial role in maintaining the structure of the jawbone and oral cavity.

Advancements in Materials & Techniques

Dental implants didn’t become one of the most advanced tooth replacement solutions overnight, though. Since the 1950s and 60s, there have been several advancements in the procedure that have made it more successful than ever, including the introduction of new materials like zirconia, and amazing, customized dental restorations.

On the surgical side of the procedure, many dentists have begun using the latest imaging technology, like cone beam CT scanners to precisely plan out placement surgeries, offering the most successful results. They have also incorporated other technology for guided implant surgeries as well.

A Nearly-Perfected, Lifelike Replacement for Missing Teeth

Today, dental implants are one of the most highly recommended procedures by patients and professionals alike due to their identical resemblance to home-grown teeth. By restoring the entire structure of missing teeth, people who receive dental implants are able to enjoy a variety of unique benefits that they would never be able to if they settled for traditional restorations, including:

  • Preservation of the jawbone and facial structure.
  • No slipping or shifting dentures.
  • Enhanced chewing and speaking abilities.

These are only a few of many advantages that dental implants have to offer, and now that they boast an impressive 98 percent treatment success rate, it’s no wonder why patients everywhere are asking their dentists whether they’re good candidates for the procedure.

About the Author

Dr. Mark Guillory as over two decades of experience restoring and enhancing his patients’ smiles using advanced treatments like dental implants. He has always been fascinated with the artistry and engineering involved with creating lifelike replacement teeth, which is why he chose to train at world renown institutions like the Carl Misch Implant Institute and the Las Vegas Institute. He is also an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. For questions or to schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants and whether they could benefit you, visit New U Dentures & Implants’ website or call 281-592-6398.

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