Dental implants have been hailed as one of the truly great advances in the field of dentistry, and with good reason. Implants are an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted into the jaw of a patient, to replace a missing root. The implant, in turn, can support an artificial tooth; multiple implants can anchor a set of dentures. Dental implants are available from Michelsen Dental in Orange CA.
There are times when we have to take a moment and marvel at human ingenuity. The idea of a dental implant actually goes back at least a thousand years. Ancient implants were a far cry from what we know today: sea shells, pieces bits of metal, and even bits of bone were placed in the patient’s jaw. We don’t know of any of them were any good, but the idea was there.
Implants as we know them today date back to the early 1950s. The implant is most often made from titanium. One of their great benefits is that they help to prevent bone loss, which is common in people who have lost one of their natural teeth.
In practical terms, the great thing about single implants is that they function like a natural tooth. The titanium post fuses to the patient’s jaw, and integrate with the bone so well that the body seldom recognizes them as a foreign object, and tries to reject them.
Conventional dentures may be more affordable than implant-anchored dentures. But because they are removable, most patients find that traditional dentures can be unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.
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