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The History of Dental Implants

March 30, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — rosenfeld @ 3:04 pm

An image of a dental implant.People have understood the value of replacing missing teeth for thousands of years, and it has motivated them to try many different ways of doing so. In ancient China, bamboo pegs were used to restore smiles, while the Mayans used seashells to replace teeth. Modern dental implants in Islip have come a long way even though the biocompatibility of titanium used for implants today was discovered by accident.

Discovering the Benefits of Titanium

In 1952, an orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Branemark was studying the healing and regeneration of bone by placing a titanium cylinder into the femur of a rabbit. Much to his surprise, he was unable to remove the cylinder when he went back to it after a period because it had fused and integrated with the bone. He did more experiments with the versatile metal, and he placed his first titanium dental implant into a live human volunteer in 1965.

Modern Implants Today

Today’s dental implants are comprised of high-grade titanium and shaped like a screw with a roughened surface to ensure proper osseointegration or fusing with the jawbone. Implants placed these days are highly effective and boast a 95% success rate. They can be inserted into the bone during a simple surgical procedure, and they create a firm foundation for your new tooth after the healing and integration process has taken place.

Your implant crown is comprised of high-quality ceramic porcelain, which can be customized to match your lost tooth. This ensures that you enjoy appealing aesthetics and no one notices your new tooth. Your new crown will also function like your missing tooth, giving you the ability to eat and chew as you were used to doing before your tooth loss.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants in East Islip offer many benefits for patients. The fact that they look and feel just like your natural tooth makes them the most desirable tooth replacement option. But besides aesthetics, they are also protecting the health of your jawbone by stimulating it just like your root would.

Implants are not only reliable, but they also offer patients great longevity as they can potentially last for a lifetime with the right home care and regular checkups with your dentist. This also makes them the most cost-effective option as other choices like a bridge or partial will eventually need to be replaced.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, contact your dentist in Islip today for a consultation.

About the Author

Dr. Gary Rosenfeld and his highly skilled team of dentists are proud to offer implant dentistry for our patients in East Islip, NY. Dr. Rosenfeld and his team have been serving this community for over 30 years and have a reputation for providing comprehensive and high-quality dentistry.

If you would like to contact East Islip Dental Care, you can reach us online through our website or by calling 631-581-8600.

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