Are Dental Implants Safe?

Are Dental Implants Safe?

One of the most commonly asked questions is "Are Dental Implants Safe?"

As with every procedure that is done, Patient Safety is of the utmost concern. It is natural for you to be concerned about how safe Dental Implants are.

The term Dental Implant used today generally refers to titanium endosseous (or endosteal) dental implants, which is titanium anchors which are inserted into the jaw bone. Historically, other types of dental implants include bladed implants, subperiosteal (under the gums) implants and transosteal (through the bone) implants.

When the titanium implant is made of commercially pure titanium, or titanium alloy that contains more than 85% of titanium, an inert, biocompatible layer of titanium dioxide will form on the surface of the metal. Bone cells will then fuse to this layer, resulting in osseointergration, that is the implant being integrated with the bone.

The type of dental implants commonly used today were first inserted by Dr PI Branemark in 1965 into patient volunteers. These first patients were then monitored by up to 10 years to ensure that the new procedure was safe and effective. The first dental implants placed were in service for 40 years, when the patient passed away with these implants still integrated to the jaw bone.

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Dental Implants Explained

Dental Implants Explained

What exactly are Dental Implants? Dental implants are a term which have entered the vernacular, but some people may not know what they are. We will attempt to have dental implants explained in simple terms.

The term Dental Implant usually refers to several different components, which together, serve to replace missing teeth. The two major components are the Fxture and the Restoration or Prosthesis.

The Dental Implant Fixture is typically titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw bone to replace the roots of missing teeth. The fixture acts as the foundation on which the Restoration replacing the missing tooth is built. A minor surgery is necessary to place the dental implant.

Once the bone has grown around and fused to the titanium anchor, an impression is made to register the position, angulation and depth of the implant fixture. This can be done with either a conventional impression or a digital scan. This is then used to fabricate the definitive restoration.

The restoration may either be  a single crown,  a bridge or a denture. The type of restoration would depend on the number of missing teeth and the number of dental implants which have been placed.

A small retaining screw is used to connect the restoration to the dental implant. All these components are stacked together to replace the missing tooth.

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