Dental Implant Dentist

Dentist For Dental Implants In Philadelphia

Dental Implants are one of the most advanced forms of technology in tooth replacement dentistry.  Structurally, a dental implant is composed of a small screw made of titanium which mimics the root portion of the tooth, providing full dental function just like your real teeth. With them, you are able to eat, chew, and drink just as you were able to with your real teeth.

When you lose one or more of your natural teeth, this may result in a shift to occur with the remaining teeth.  This in turn can cause the loss of even more teeth. In more devastating cases, the loss of a tooth may even lead to the deterioration of the jaw bone.  In such circumstances, what happens is that the body stops sending the nutrients necessary to sustain the jaw into this vacant area, due to the absence of the tooth roots.  A dental implant is fits into the jawbone of the empty gap, and thus prevents the deterioration of the jaw.  After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very durable, and can last a lifetime.  The process for maintaining implants is exactly like the process for maintaining natural teeth.  This includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.

At one time, the only methods available to replace missing teeth were dentures and bridge restorations.  However, these had very limited results.  Dental implants were developed in 1952, in a laboratory in the university town of Lund, Sweden by Professor Per-Ingvar Brĺnemark, who had an "unlucky" accident while he was involved in bone grafting research.  Much to his dismay, Dr. Brĺnemark discovered that it was impossible to recover any of the bone-anchored titanium microscopes he was using. The titanium plate had apparently bonded irreversibly to living bone tissue, an observation which contradicted all scientific theory at the time.

This accident turned out later to be the stepping stone to a medical breakthrough.  Dr. Brĺnemark found that under carefully controlled conditions, titanium could be structurally integrated into living bone with a very high degree of predictability, and without long-term soft tissue inflammation or rejection.  This process of titanium bonding with living bone, termed “osseointegration" by Dr. Brĺnemark, soon enough came to be employed towards the ends of restorative dentistry.

The first application of this osseointegration for dental purposes came with the implantation of new titanium roots in an edentulous (toothless) patient in 1965.  During its historical growth, dental implants showed a 90 percent success rate, and long-term studies continue to show a constantly improving rate of success.

Here are some of the reasons a patient may consider dental implants:

  • To provide support for a partial denture
  • To replace one or more teeth
  • To enhance chewing comfort
  • To increase the support and stability of full upper or lower denture
  • To improve your overall psychological health
  • To increase confidence while smiling, talking and eating
  • To improve aesthetic appearance and regain overall confidence

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