Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark is widely considered to be the father of modern dental implants, and the tale is a an interesting one. Conducting an experiment in 1952 on how blood flow affects bone healing, Dr. Branemark and his team made a surprising discovery. The optical devices they were implanting in the lower legs of rabbits, which were encased in titanium, had fused to the surrounding bone making them impossible to remove.
While dental implants had been hypothesized, they had been declared too dangerous. This was because of a long held belief that any foreign material placed into the body would be rejected, leading to inflammation and the eventual failure of the device. The process of fusing that Dr. Branemark witnessed, later called “osseointegration,” would become a critical piece of the puzzle that would make dental implants possible.
It would take more than fifteen years, however, to implement Branemark titanium implants, and only after a feud between him another dentist subsided.
Today, despite several misconceptions about dental implants, they’re safer and as durable as ever, making it possible to even get dental implants in a single day, something that Branemark didn’t believe was possible. Here are some of the things that have changed between then and now.
We Have More Data
While the success of dental implants depends on several factors including bone density and tobacco use, we now have data suggesting that the success rate of dental implants is 98%. By following simple steps like regularly flossing, brushing, and having regular check-ups, we now understand that dental implants are incredibly dependable.
Dr. Nelson Clements’ advanced training in implant dentistry has benefited from this tremendous amount of data, generating scientific guidelines for the proper implant techniques.
We Have More Experience
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 3 million Americans have implants, and that number is growing by 500,000 per year. We’ve had time to perfect an approach that fosters healing to ensure the success of your implants.
Dr. Clements has more than 35 years’ experience in dentistry, and for much of that time he has been restoring dental implants. The insights from his own experience have informed and expanded what he learned in his training.
We Know Better When to Use This Approach
It’s important to understand that dental implants, especially ones that have been implanted in one day, are not for everyone. Which is why we have refined our criteria to assess the personal needs of all of our patients. Not only that, but implant dentures give patients options to choose what is right for them. Some people who might not be able to get a single tooth in a day may be able to get a full set of teeth in one day, thanks to the advanced engineering that has gone into designing implant dentures.
At the office of Dr. Clements, we want to do everything we can to help you stay healthy. If you’re thinking about dental implants than you need to speak to a dentist. To schedule your next appointment with implant dentist Dr. Clements in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 245-5511 today.