A dental implant is a titanium threaded post that is placed in the jaw bone to act like a tooth root.
Once anchored in the bone, these posts then can be used in a variety of ways:
- To replace a single tooth
- To replace several teeth
- To replace an entire arch of teeth
- To help anchor a removable denture
Dental Implant Technology was developed in the early 1950s in Sweden by Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark. He discovered the special property of titanium. When this metal is placed gently into the jawbone, it will fuse to bone or "osseointegrate". It is then that a dental implant is able to support the strong forces of chewing. In 1965, Dr. Brånemark inserted the first dental implants and rehabilitated an edentulous patient. A pioneer in his field, dedicated to meticulous research and uncompromising patient care, he went on to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his contribution to this field of dentistry.
Since those early days of implantology, Dental Implant Therapy has become a widely accepted and successful treatment option for millions of individuals world wide.
If you have a broken down tooth, a failing fixed bridge or are dissatisfied with the fit of your denture, you too might benefit from Dental Implants.