Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

An implant is a titanium screw that replaces the root structure and provides the support for a custom made crown. When a tooth is missing, an implant may be the best choice to replace it.
An implant can prevent a chain reaction of problems that occur when you’re missing a tooth. These include erosion of the jawbone (called resorption), shifting of the teeth, periodontal disease, difficulty keeping teeth clean and free of bacteria, clenching and grinding, and pain in the jaw joints.

These include erosion of the jawbone (called resorption), shifting of the teeth, periodontal disease, difficulty keeping teeth clean and free of bacteria, clenching and grinding, and pain in the jaw joints. Teeth transmit chewing forces to the jawbone.
That’s how the body knows you’re using your teeth. When a tooth is missing, the body doesn’t receive those important biting forces, and the bone starts to resorb. Over time, the jawbone starts to shrink, along with the gum tissue. The surrounding teeth also shift into the space, and the opposing tooth begins to extrude out of its socket.
These changes create spaces which are difficult to maintain, so plaque and bacteria can accumulate easily. This can lead to increased tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Dental Implants a Little History

Dental Implants were first recorded being used by the Mayans, and later the Egyptians. But the modern version we know today came from a Swedish doctor who was doing testing on metal and bone compatibility. Not until the Conference in Clinical Dentistry in 1982 were the standards set for the large scale use of titanium posts being used as an artificial replacement for a lost or injured tooth root. In the last thirty years their has been an explosion of knowledge and advanced systems in the implant Dentistry field. Implantation has become a broad and complex subject.

Dr. Shkodran Sejdijaj
Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist

On October 5th, 2012, posted in: About Us by
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