History of Dental Implants
Dental implants date back to 4,000 years ago when people started using bamboo pegs to replace their decayed teeth. In the 1960s, the first titanium-containing implants were made available in the US, which helped dental surgeons improve their skills and use titanium metal.
The idea behind the early implants was to replace missing teeth with artificial ones that looked just like natural teeth. As technology advanced, so did dental implant treatments. Today's dental implants are more sophisticated than ever, offering patients greater options for restoring their smiles. At Smiles of Tulsa, we offer a full range of dental services, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and periodontal treatment.
Dental Implant Materials
The most common choice of materials for dental implants is titanium and amalgam. Titanium is an inert metal used in the production of surgical implants. It has a high strength-to-weight ratio, superior corrosion resistance, and is non-toxic.
Amalgam refers to a mixture of mercury with another metal (usually silver). The amalgam used in dental restorations was traditionally made with silver or tin but now can be made with other metals such as gold, palladium, and platinum.
Dental Implant Procedure
The procedure is performed in our office under local or general anesthesia. The implant is placed in the bone of the jawbone, which will act as a bridge for your missing tooth. The dentist will then ensure that your new tooth fits perfectly into the space and functions normally.
After placement of an implant, you may experience pain, swelling, and bruising at the base of your implant and the gum line where it meets your bone. However, this pain often disappears within a few days.
Benefits of Dental Implants
They are Long-Lasting
Dental implants last a lifetime with no special maintenance required. You will not have to worry about them getting loose or falling out like other restorations, such as bridges or dentures.
Provide a Natural Look
The appearance of your new tooth will be very similar to that of your natural teeth, which means it won't stand out as much compared to other types of restorations.
They Are affordable
The cost associated with dental implants is pretty low compared to other restorative options. In fact, in some cases, you may even qualify for financial assistance through government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, depending on your income level and other factors.
They Improve Your Smile and Self-Esteem
Dental implants help you to maintain good oral hygiene, which improves your overall health. You also get to enjoy eating and talking without difficulties. This ensures you are healthier, happier, and less anxious.
You Are at a Lower Risk of Bone Loss
Dental implants help prevent bone loss. They hold on to the bone under them thanks to their metal framework. The metal framework encourages new bone growth and keeps the existing bone from falling away from existing tooth structures.
Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
Implants have been proven to be a great way to address issues of tooth loss by patients across the world, significantly restoring people’s smiles. That is why here at Smiles of Tulsa, we make comfort, quality, and patient care our number one priority to ensure you feel confident in our ability to restore your smile. Contact us at (918) 891-3059.