In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark stumbled upon one of the most significant discoveries in modern prosthetic medicine—a process he later dubbed osseointegration. While attempting to study the flow of blood in-vitro, Dr. Brånemark implanted tiny titanium tubes in the femur of a rabbit. At the conclusion of his study, Dr. Brånemark discovered that the titanium had bonded with the bone, making it impossible to remove. After decades of research and successful experimentation, osseointegration is now the basis of dental implantology, the most comprehensive form of tooth replacement in modern dentistry.
What Is Dental Implantology?
A dental implant is a small, root-shaped device that’s surgically inserted into the jawbone of a tooth loss patient. The implant, made from biocompatible titanium, can support an appropriate dental prosthesis once your jawbone has healed and fused to its surface. Supporting replacement teeth on one or more implants is the only way to restore lost teeth roots and prevent the jawbone deterioration that usually follows tooth loss.
Osseointegration vs. Jawbone Deterioration
Teeth roots do more than just support your teeth; they also sustain your jawbone by inviting minerals and nutrients whenever they’re stimulated. When you lose a tooth and its root, your jawbone’s nutrient supply diminishes, and over time, it can resorb (shrink) due to the deficiency. Dental implants are designed to become a permanent part of your mouth’s anatomy through osseointegration to take over the responsibilities of lost teeth roots.
Find Out If Dental Implants Are Right For You
Any adult whose jawbone is fully formed and who has lost teeth to dental trauma or disease could be a viable candidate for dental implant placement. After a thorough examination, we can help you determine if dental implants are right for you, and whether or not you require a prerequisite procedure first. For instance, a bone graft might be necessary to restore your jawbone’s density before your dental implants can be placed.
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To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.