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What is a dental implant?

If you would like to know about dental implants (teeth implants), and the advantages of dental implants, the following information will be of interest to you.


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth or denture in place. In most cases this artificial root is a titanium screw that is placed surgically in the bone. The screw then fuses biologically with the living bone (a process called osseo-integration) to form a strong foundation upon which a crown or bridge can be placed.


The trend towards dental implants

Dental implants (teeth implants) have rapidly grown in popularity since they were first placed in Europe in the mid 1960s. Patients found that teeth implants had numerous advantages over traditional treatments for replacing missing teeth, such as dentures, crowns, and bridges. With the perception of a growing demand, more dental practitioners started to attend training seminars in the placement and restoration of dental implants. These dentists began to educate patients and provide referrals to specialists, even if they did not undertake dental implants themselves.


Dental implants have consequently becoming an integral  part of restorative dentistry. In 2005 the USA market for implants was valued at close to $550 million, while the European market was valued at over $800 million. As dental implants become ever more commonplace, such figures continue to rise with an anticipated growth rate of 15% per annum.


Advantages of dental implants

Having replacement teeth fixed securely into your jawbone provides many advantages. They can:

  • Eliminate the need for removable dentures altogether

  • Provide stability for dentures, thereby promoting denture self-confidence. This improves speech, appearance and chewing function

  • Eliminate the need to involve adjacent teeth in the construction of a bridge (thereby preserving valuable tooth tissue).



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