Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark.  Implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures.  Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth.

With the loss of a tooth or other severe problems, it may be necessary to opt for dental implants, or artificial tooth replacements.  If the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth, the dentist may decide an implant is the most appropriate treatment choice or option.  Technological advancements over the years have made high quality dental implants possible.  Dental implants can be used for single tooth replacement where a crown is attached to the top of the implant.  In situations where multiple teeth are missing a porcelain bridge can be placed over several implants.  This can be done in all areas of the mouth if sufficient bone is present to place implants.  This is the most natural way to replace teeth.  When your smile is incomplete, dental implants can help give you that full set of beautiful teeth you’re looking for.

While this is a common and effective procedure, it is very important that proper follow up oral hygiene be maintained.  With correct maintenance, dental implants can last for years.  When a patient has an implant, the gums surrounding the implant area can become sensitive and more prone to bacterial infection.  Careful brushing should be performed daily to keep the dental implants clean and the rest of the mouth healthy.  If bacteria does attack these areas, gums can begin to swell and the jaw bones to recede which eventually can weaken the jaw and cause the need for the implants to be removed or replaced.