An exciting breakthrough in dentistry utilizing dental implants has become available. Special techniques and instrumentation have restored esthetics, function and health to those patients who previously could not have missing teeth replaced.
Dental implants consist of artificial teeth which are anchored directly into the patient's mouth. They can be used to replace one tooth or many teeth. They can also be used to help stabilize loose dentures. Implants are made of titanium which is a biocompatible metal that the body recognizes as its own. There are thousands of research articles based on over twenty years of experience with implants which show that implants are safe and successful.
Dental implants offer many benefits. They prevent shrinkage of the jawbone. When teeth are missing, the bone shrinks and the face sinks in. If an implant is placed in a timely manner, this can be prevented. Also, dental implants offer increased comfort because they are directly connected to the jaws and are immobile. Lastly, dental implants can increase confidence to smile and chew because they are securely and permanently anchored.
There are over forty different implant systems sold and marketed to the public by dentists. They range from recently created companies to internationally recognized companies with many years of experience. Dr. Sreter, the Jerusalem dentist, places his trust only in the well established international companies that have a well established track record of success. These are Nobel Industries of Sweden (the originators of dental implants) and 3I Implant Innovations of the United States. Both of these companies have an excellent record of successful implant placement and have representation all over the globe.
For more information on implants including frequently asked questions please go to www.osseo.org and click on patient care.