When wealthy Egyptians had missing teeth their teeth were replaced by extracted teeth from slaves or poor people.
George Washington who suffered from infected and abscessed teeth and inflamed gums, had only one tooth left by 1789 His first set of dentures was spring loaded with a base made of hippopotamus ivory and teeth formed from ivory and human teeth.Dental implants are a long-lasting solution to replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants preserve the jawbone and prevent bone loss.
Dental implants have a 95% success rate. Fixed bridges have an 85% rate of success for 10 years and 66% for 15 years.
Most of the first modern dental implants which were placed about 20 years ago in the U.S., are still in place and performing well.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have the education, training and expertise to comfortably place a single dental implant, several implants or a complete implant denture for the patient who has missing teeth while addressing all possible complications.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are well-trained and experienced in providing the correct anesthetic to minimize discomfort and ease anxiety.
Dental implants are the solution of choice for adults of all ages.
Dental implants fuse with the jawbone and do not harm adjacent teeth. Fixed bridges, even for the replacement of one missing tooth, may require the shaping or cutting down of adjacent, healthy teeth in order to give the bridge a brace to hang onto.
Dental implants are the standard of care for replacing missing teeth.
Reprinted with permission from American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons