Over 40 years ago, Prof. Per-Ingvar Branemark discovered that the metal titanium is compatible and integrates well with bone. In fact, titanium fuses with bone over time. He called this integration process OsseointegrationTM.
Professor Branemark realised immediately that his discovery would revolutionise the medical and dental industry in applications where prostheses need to be attached to bone. Today, titanium is the most widely used metal in dental and medical applications!
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth.
Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you, so contact us for an appointment today.
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