In modern dentistry, two types of dental implant see regular use:
Here at our Main Line office, the main type of implant we provide to patients is of the endosteal variety.
The standard dental implant is made up of three main parts:
Treatment with dental implants is possible thanks to a natural, biological process called osseointegration. Because the jawbone is capable of regenerating bone tissue, we are able to place implants in the empty sockets left behind by missing teeth. By placing an implant into the jawbone like this, the jawbone’s regenerative ability is triggered.
As the jawbone heals, newly regenerated bone tissue grows up and along the surface of the implant fixture. This new bone tissue directly fuses to the fixture due to the biocompatible titanium alloy used to make it. This regeneration allows the implant fixture to join/fuse to the bone.
Thanks to Osseointegration, dental implants come with many unique benefits unmatched by other restoration treatments. When placed properly and good dental health is maintained dental implants should never fall out of place or even move out of their position. In health, dental implants are also able to prevent jawbone deterioration because of their fusion to the jawbone.
Regardless of how many teeth you may be missing, rest assured that dental implants can provide a solution that works for you. To make things simpler, we categorize our implant treatments into three different types:
While dental implants have been found all throughout history (although in primitive form), the treatment as we know it came about in 1952. A researcher named Per-Ingvar Brånemark placed a small titanium piece into the leg of a rabbit during a study on the anatomy of blood flow. When it was time to end the study and remove the piece, he found that the titanium piece had fused to the rabbit’s bone.
Over the next decade, Per-Ingvar Brånemark studied the human body and how well it could tolerate titanium. In 1965, Brånemark took everything he had learned and placed the first dental implants in his patient Gösta Larsson. These implants lasted Larsson until he passed away 40 years later in 2006.
When it comes to missing teeth, you’ll not want to hesitate to have them restored. Failing to restore missing teeth is likely to result in tooth decay or gum disease, leading to even more missing teeth.
With dental implants, you can replace your missing teeth with fully functional restoration teeth that feel as good as they look. When you are ready to begin restoring your smile, contact our office and schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. James A. Vito.
Dr. James Vito
523 East Lancaster Ave
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Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
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Friday: 8AM – 5PM