Dental implants were first introduced in 1952. It was invented by Per Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon. Nowadays, dental implants are the preferred standard of care for missing teeth. Dental implants function as replacement for missing tooth roots. The surgical fixtures are placed into the jawbone.
Simply put, dental implants are artificial tooth roots that’s designed to hold the replacement bridge or tooth in place. Fusing the dental implant with the jawbone is the closest thing to mimicking how the natural tooth is designed—it can stand on its own, it is stable, and won’t affect the nearby teeth.
Dental Implants: The Ideal Candidates
Since they are designed to fuse with the jawbone, dental implants won’t slip, cause bone damage, or make any noise. You are considered a good candidate for the dental implant procedure if:
- You are missing one (or more) teeth
- You have a fully developed jawbone
- You have enough bone left to secure the dental implants in place
- Your oral tissues are healthy
- You are not suffering from any health conditions that can affect bone healing
- You don’t like wearing dentures
- You are willing to commit several months to the process
- You are not a heavy smoker