A Tooth for a Tooth: Dental Implants

By September 17, 2015 No Comments

With the approach of our new year, this is the time that we introspect and think of new beginnings. Rebirth, change and rebuilding. So it had me thinking. It would be appropriate to write about a hot topic in dentistry. What was once a luxury and now has become a standard of care. A treatment consideration that I think is one of the most revolutionary in our field in the last few decades: dental implants.

iStock_000023646673XSmallWhat are they? Who are they for? Can they help me ? And do they work? Let’s discuss.Well, nothing like a bit of history to lay the groundwork. Dental implants have been know  to be used in the body for decades. The material of choice is titanium, which is very biocompatible (body-loving), and known to osseointegrate (become one with the bone). Orthopedic surgeons have had success with titanium in various procedures to rebuild our bodies for many years.

In the past, if one was congenitally missing a tooth, or lost one or many from decay or trauma, we could replace them,  however, we had limited options.  We could either fabricate cosmetic bridges hanging on adjacent  teeth, or consider partial or full dentures. The thought was as you got older, you lost your teeth. Eventually, we would all fear that dreadful image of ‘putting our teeth in a glass at night!’ Wouldn’t it be great to have the ability to just replace what you were missing?

Well, thanks to one of the fathers of dental implants, a Swedish orthopedist, Per-Ingvar Branemark, we can now have “ a tooth for a tooth!” ( Exodus 21:24 ). Yes,  God has blessed us with a third set of teeth. And dental implants are an amazing part of rebuilding mouths today.

So how does this work? And is it for you?

During the years I worked with the New York Rangers hockey team I saw a lot of young guys with missing teeth. People would say, “those guys must need implants!”  Yes, they did, but no different than the average patient like you and I that walk into my office in New Rochelle and Lawrence daily. I see young kids with congenitally missing teeth from birth, Sports injuries that  knock out teeth while playing baseball, basketball and hockey (when wearing a custom sports mouth guard is crucial!), as well as trauma from accidents. In addition, everyday diet, decay and wear and tear break down the dentition. We are very hard on our mouths, and expect our teeth to last forever. We start getting our adult teeth at the age of six, and expect them to last for another 114 years. Keep dreaming. Only a small percentage maintain their original dentition throughout their lives. But, for the rest of us, implants can allow you to replace and build again.

So how does this work? It’s two phases. First the placement of the titanium implant in the bone where the tooth/teeth are missing, and then the rebuilding. A post, or abutment, will bring it to the surface, and finish with a crown or bridge. Implants can be used to support dentures, or replace them completely forever. With proper planning you can have teeth as quick as same day, or up to a few months depending on what your final needs may be. In the end you can have teeth that last a lifetime, and in some cases stronger than the ones God gave you. They will look and feel like teeth. They will give you the ability to eat all foods, and allow one to smile with confidence. And for those of you that ask, “do they work?” Currently, the success is documented at greater than ninety-five percent! We have arrived.

So, if you fall into any of the categories above, it’s time. See your specialist implant dentist. Ask your questions. And join all the patients that are enjoying the amazing benefits of dental implantsread more


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