An estimated three million Americans have dental implants -- artificial replacements for missing teeth that are implanted into the jawbone. Dental implants are a sturdy and highly successful way to replace a lost or missing tooth, and we are proud to offer dental implant services at our Pittsburgh office.
Because we find many people know the basics of dental implants, we want to dig a little deeper. Here are five facts you may not know about dental implants.
1. Dental implants date back to 600 AD.
Dental implants made from shell have been found in skeletons dating back to 600 AD. Thankfully, modern medicine made innovations starting in the 1950s that would lead the way for today’s dental implants.
2. Dental implants encourage bone growth.
Jawbone is a use-it-or-lose-it bone. If you lose a tooth, the bone starts to recede. When a dental implant is placed, jawbone can start to re-grow. This is beneficial because it maintains the structures of your surrounding teeth.
3. Dentists make an estimated 2.3 million crowns to cover dental implants.
Preparing dental crowns is the most common restorative dentistry procedure prosthodontists perform. These crowns cover dental implants to make them look as natural as your surrounding teeth.
4. Dental implants have a success rate of 95 percent.
Dental implants have a very high success rate over the course of 10 years -- 95 percent. Patient selection is vital to having results reach this high. The dental specialist must ensure the patient has enough jawbone for the implant to successfully anchor itself. Also, the patient must take excellent care of his or her teeth to ensure the jawbone and gums stay healthy.
5. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or can be used to anchor a denture.
Instead of using messy denture pastes and having dentures slip out of place, imagine having just four dental implants that securely hold an upper or lower denture. This is possible through implant-supported dentures.
For more information about dental implants at our Pittsburgh dentist’s office, please call (412) 364-6777.