If you are in danger of losing your teeth, or you have already lost your teeth, take a moment to look at dental implants as a restorative dentistry option. Dental implants can give you back everything you lost when your natural teeth were taken. Dr. Schopper and the team at our Leawood, KS office will be happy to help you find the dental implant option that will transform your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Many people think that getting dental implants means that they are getting new teeth, but this is not entirely true. What you are getting with dental implants is replacement tooth roots and replacement teeth. Dental implants are what hold your new teeth in place. They give your new teeth stability, which gives you confidence that your new teeth will be there to do the job you need them to do.
Something else to be aware of regarding dental implants is that they don’t hold only single tooth replacements anymore. Today’s dental implants are used in a variety of ways to help you improve your smile, including integrating them with dentures. Implant-retained dentures are a popular solution for patients who want a full smile but want to avoid having tons of dental implants placed in their jaw (one implant for each missing tooth).
S&G Family Dentistry will place a select number of dental implants (at least two, but maybe more depending on your situation) to anchor your denture restoration inside your mouth. Implant-retained dentures use implants with balls on top that attach to matching receptacles underneath your dentures. This system holds your teeth firmly in place. Talk to the dentists at our Leawood, KS office today about what dental implant options are available, and which ones will work best for your situation.
Where Did Dental Implants Come From?
Dental implants, in their current form, are relatively new, but the concept is as old as it gets. The ancient Mayans are often credited with using the first dental implants. They were known for their advanced technology and building skills, but they also possessed a high level of medical and dental knowledge. The early Mayans would form seashells and minerals and insert them into the sockets of missing teeth. These replacement options were supposed to help the person chew their food and do all of the things that real teeth do.
They were not the most efficient replacements, but they revealed one interesting thing. The bodies of those with these tooth replacements show evidence that the bone surrounding the replacements tried to bond with the false teeth. This demonstrates that the body will do what it can to help you refill your smile after a lost tooth.
The breakthrough that makes modern dental implants as effective as they are came from an orthopedic surgeon in 1952. This surgeon was looking at the blood flow in the bones of rabbits, and to do this, he placed titanium chambers into the bones. When he went to remove these chambers, he found that they had fully bonded with the bone. This fusion process is called osseointegration and is a unique trait of titanium.
This surgeon transferred this knowledge to the realm of dental implants and placed his first set of dental implants into a patient in 1965. These implants fully healed and bonded with the bone within six months and lasted that patient for 40 years.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Stability – Osseointegration literally means to become part of the bone. This is something that even your real teeth don’t do. Your dental implants will be steady in your mouth and give your new teeth the support they need to do the job of chewing your food, speaking to people, and smiling brightly.
- Bone Health – When you lose a tooth from your smile, you are left with an open spot in your smile. This is dangerous. Your real teeth supported your dental bone structure, and without anything to fill those spots when they are gone, you will experience bone deterioration. Think of someone who has lost all of their teeth, and how their face looks sunken in. This is the effect of that deterioration. Dental implants fill the spaces left by lost teeth and will protect your bone mass from harm.
- Longevity – The first set of dental implants using titanium lasted 40 years. That was the first shot. Things have only gotten better as time has goes on, so imagine how much more effective today’s dental implants are. This tooth replacement option can conceivably last you for the rest of your life, regardless of how long that may be.
Restore your smile and regain your confidence with dental implants. Call us today at 913-945-1612 to schedule your appointment. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.