Although dental implants were originally placed by the ancient Egyptians centuries ago, it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that dental implants came of age in the United States.
The titanium implant was first used in Europe in the mid 1960’s. But it was when it was introduced into the U.S. that its uses and cosmetic applications exploded in development.
A dental implant is basically a titanium screw, which is inserted into and fuses to your jawbone. On this implant a permanent post is placed and then your restorative dentist cements a cap, or crown. There are many variations on this depending upon how many missing teeth are involved.
Sometimes dental implants are used to support false teeth or dentures, which are either screwed into your implants (only your dentist can remove this prosthesis), or the denture is snapped over a retaining bar screwed to your implants. You can take these out to clean.
The use of dental implants has given us the ability to do extreme makeovers of your mouth to improve your appearance and smile. Foods long avoided such as steak and corn-on-the-cob can be eaten once again without concern or discomfort. It truly opens up new horizons for making people happy with their looks, their function, and their state of mind. That is only one reason “why implants?”
Dental implants have gotten significantly better over the years and improvements come over months rather than years.