The Toothy Facts About Dental Implants

Most people have heard about dental implants. They’ve been around quite awhile. In fact, archeological digs have unearthed implanted seashells and ivory in the jawbone of ancient Mayans and Egyptians.

The history of the modern dental implant can be traced back to 1952. Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Branemark, was studying bone healing and regeneration. He inserted a titanium screw into a rabbit tibia to mend a break, but found that when he tried to remove the screw later the bone had fully adhered to it and it couldn’t be removed. This is the basis of the modern dental implant, which debuted in 1965 after research.

Dental ImplantsAt our Hillsboro, Oregon practice, Dr. Miller believes dental implants are the best solution to replace a missing tooth, whether it is a tooth that is already gone, or a tooth that is so badly damaged or decayed that it requires extraction.

To increase his expertise with implants, last year Dr. Miller finished a three-year mini residency in implant dentistry and advanced bone grafting and sinus lifts at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Here are some other facts about dental implants:

• An estimated 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth.
• 25% of Americans over age 74 have lost all of their natural teeth.
• Dental implants are made of titanium that is set into the jawbone where the tooth root was. The jawbone then grows around the implant in a process known as osseointegration.
• Implants are the only dental restoration that preserves and stimulates the natural bone, as a natural tooth does. This stimulation is responsible for the jawbone continually renewing itself, a process that prevents bone loss.
• Implants can also be used to anchor partial or complete dentures.
• Implants now have a 98% success rate.

If you are missing a tooth, call Dr. Miller at 503-640-9310 and let’s talk about replacing it with a dental implant.

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