As new as they seem, people have been trying replace their missing teeth with dental implants for thousands of years. As far back as the Mayan civilization, people were using tooth-shaped pieces of shell and pounding them into their jawbone to replace teeth. Wow. That takes some gumption, both to be on the receiving end and to perform!
Thankfully, dental implants have come a long way since then! Research on the materials used in modern dental implants started in the 1950s when titanium was clinically observed to integrate with bone, a process called osseointegration.
This osseointegration is what makes implants so special. Because the titanium post fuses with the bone, it replaces the root and supports the jaw, something no other restoration can do. When topped with a beautiful porcelain tooth, the dental implant works exactly like your own tooth!
Why Implants? Why Not Just Choose a Partial or a Denture?
Over 20 million people are missing teeth. That’s a lot of uncomfortable people – people who might be having difficulty chewing, who are embarrassed about smiling, and who feel nervous when they talk. That discomfort can continue for a large portion of these patients who replace their teeth with a traditional prosthetic. Not so much with an implant!
Not only is a dental implant a permanent replacement for a missing tooth, it is the most naturally functioning replacement available. It even keeps your bone stimulated so bone degeneration is minimized and you stay younger looking and healthier longer. Here at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates we can even attach a full denture to implant posts. This denture can be cared for just like your own teeth and doesn’t cover the roof of your mouth so food is more enjoyable.
Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates Are Here for You!
No matter how many teeth you are missing – from one to all 32 – we have a dental implant solution for you. If you have been told you are not a candidate because of bone loss, ask us about that too. We have a variety of bone grafting services that may make implants possible after all!