The Accident That Made Dental Implants Possible
You smile in the mirror, and you see it clearly — that dark gap in your smile is really hard to miss. Then you realize people at work must see it too. How could they miss it? To make the matter worse, your smile is less healthy when it’s missing a tooth. Your other teeth will slide out of alignment, and you’re at a higher risk of TMJ disorder.
That’s why you need to call our Roseville, CA dental office today at 916-945-9985 and make an appointment for a dental implant. Because Dr. Miller holds a Fellowship with the International College of Oral Implantologists, he is your Roseville dentist with advanced training in dental implants. This means you can soon have a healthy, attractive, and complete smile.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a restorative dentistry treatment. That means you can restore your smile with it.
All dental implants will have the same three parts.
- An artificial root. Because your natural teeth have roots extending into your jawbone, a dental implant will mimic that with an artificial root implanted in your jawbone. This helps give your dental implant a lot of stability and strength.
- A replacement tooth. This is technically a dental crown, which means it will be made to order so it looks like the tooth it will replace. Although it looks great, it’s also very durable.
- An abutment. This is a tiny connector that attaches the replacement tooth to your artificial root. This way, if your replacement tooth gets damaged, you can get a new one without having to remove the implanted root.
The dental implant procedure is safe and routine for our highly trained Roseville dentist. First, your replacement tooth is made to fit that spot on your smile. Then the artificial root is surgically implanted in your jawbone. As that site heals, the root fuses with the bone. Then you’ll get the abutment and replacement tooth attached to the root. You’re done!
An Accident With Titanium
Throughout history, humans have experimented with dental implants. There’s even evidence that ancient Mayans experimented with crude dental implants using crystals and even shells as replacement teeth. However, they ran into the same problem — the implants wouldn’t stay put.
That problem continued into the 1950s when a researcher made an accidental discovery. To study how blood flowed through bones, the researcher implanted several tiny titanium rods into a rabbit’s leg bone. When he tried to remove the rods, he discovered they had fused with the jawbone. No other metal does that, only titanium.
When dentists learned of this, they saw the potential. Soon, they made artificial roots made from titanium, and the modern dental implant was born.
Benefits From Getting Dental Implants
The obvious benefit from getting a dental implant is that you have your tooth back. Your smile is whole again. But there are a few other benefits you can enjoy that are less obvious.
20 YEARS OF WORK
While nothing will last forever, you do not want to get dental work redone every few years. That’s expensive and needless. A dental implant is as close to regrowing a lost tooth as you can get with today’s technology. That’s why yours should last 20 years or longer. In fact, some people never have to worry about that missing tooth again.
Whenever you chew, pressure travels down your natural teeth’s roots. This ends up stimulating the bone tissue in your jaw. This is a good thing, as that stimulation keeps the bone healthy. When you’ve lost a tooth, you’ve lost that stimulation — and your jawbone starts to deteriorate.
Thankfully, a dental implant helps with that. By getting a titanium root implanted, you’re mimicking your natural roots. Pressure can reach your jawbone again, helping it stay healthier over time.
It can be embarrassing to show others your gap-toothed smile. You know how it looks unattractive, so you can lose some self-esteem and confidence when you smile. But when you replace the missing tooth with a dental implant, your smile looks great. That means you can be more confident, especially when making those important first impressions.
Call Advanced Dental Concepts today at 916-945-9985 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment for a dental implant. Dr. Miller has advanced training in using dental implants, so your smile can soon be complete as it should be.