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Dental Implant Surgery: What Is It?

A Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Brånemark invented the first dental implant in 1952. Fast forward to the 21st century, dental implants have become the cornerstone of cosmetic, restorative, and aesthetic dentistry. While there have been tremendous advancements in dental care, millions of Americans across the country still suffer from gum disease and eventual tooth loss. This is where dental implants come in.

But Why A Dental Implant?

In progressive cases of periodontitis (gum disease), rapid bone loss of the jaws leads to avulsion of teeth and eventual teeth loss. Alternatively, a person may also lose their teeth to accidents, widespread caries (cavities), or certain diseases (HIV/AIDS, cancer, etc.).

To replace a missing tooth or teeth, bridges or partial/full dentures were the earlier options. While these options still exist, these involve multiple appointments, long procedure times, and unnecessary cutting down of healthy teeth to fit the bridges in place. Moreover, they have to be replaced much quickly.

For patients who want a much more permanent solution for tooth replacement, implants are recommended. Implants are fixtures mimicking teeth roots and these are placed surgically into the jaw bone. Implants act as foundations for removable or fixed teeth replacements that match your natural ones.

Dental Implant Surgery

The process involving dental implants involves a variety of specialists include an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (specializes in tissues of the mouth, jaw, and face), a periodontist (specializes in treating gums and bones that support the teeth), a prosthodontist (designs and fits artificial teeth), and maybe an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist).

Before a patient is advised for implant surgery, they have to go through a thorough and tedious examination which determines if a patient is physically and mentally fit to undergo the procedure.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Dental Implants?

There are various advantages and disadvantages to dental implants. And while the pros outweigh the cons, it is up to you to decide if this is what you want. 

Pros of Dental Implants

Cons of Dental Implants

For any more information related to dental implants and their costs, get in touch with the team at Norwood Dental today.