For over 40 years dentists from around the world have placed dental implants in patients to restore their oral function. Implants are made from surgical grade titanium, due to its unique biocompatibility. In most cases, implants offer a permanent solution for one or more missing teeth. Like many modern medical and dental technologies, dental implants have dramatically improved over the last few decades. From the actual physical design to the surface, these devices are stronger, more adaptable, and provide better results for patients than ever. Dr. Freeman is able to offer his patients immediate function, which means that patients leave the office the day of surgery with a temporary in place and in as little as eight weeks from that date, the patient can receive their final crown. Dr. Freeman utilizes these advancements along with “State of the Art” CAT scan technology, and sophisticated surgical planning software to create an optimal patient experience.
Titanium is not only used for dental implants; but it is also the material used for many other types of medical devices, such as joint replacements. The properties of titanium allow the human bodies bone to integrate into the metals surface. This process is known as Osseointegration.
This amazing discovery was made by Dr. PI Branemark in the mid to late 1960’s and was funded by the Nobel Research Institute in Stockholm Sweden. Since then Millions of people have enjoyed an improved quality of life.
While a tooth supported bridge is a reasonable choice, it does have some significant disadvantages over a dental implant. For example, with a three-unit bridge, the enamel must be removed from the two adjacent teeth in order to cement the bridge in place. In addition, human bone needs a force applied against it in order to stay healthy and in place. With a three-unit bridge, the missing tooth is replaced with a “floating” tooth suspended between two crowns. Since a bridge does not apply force on the jawbone, the bone can deteriorate over time. This can lead to destabilization of the adjacent teeth, hygiene issues, and cosmetic challenges. A dental implant, however, recreates the natural anatomy and applies force to the bone. This keeps the bone healthy and in place. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime while bridges have a life span of approximately 15 years.
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