• November 23, 2016

When a large ship comes into a harbor, the crew will drop an anchor to keep it from floating away. Dentures can benefit from being anchored in place, too, and that’s exactly what dental implants do.

Dental implants were developed to replace the roots of lost, missing, and extracted teeth. As a result, restorative dentistry is stronger and more secure than it’s ever been.

If you live in or near Ortonville, MI, our dentist will be happy to explain how dental implants can help you replace one tooth, a few teeth, or every tooth in your mouth.

You can schedule a consultation to learn more by calling Brandon Family Dental at 248-469-0218.


Brief History Of Dental Implants

Believe it or not, dental implants were developed as a result of an unexpected discovery during research with rabbits.

Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish physician, was trying to study blood circulation in the 1950s. As part of his study, he placed titanium cylinders in the leg bones of rabbits. The plan was the remove the cylinders and reuse them through the study.

Instead, Dr. Brånemark’s research was interrupted when he found that the rabbit’s leg bones had grown around and bonded to the cylinders. We can’t tell what happened with Dr. Brånemark’s original study.

However, we can tell you that he recognized the potential for his unanticipated discovery. In the 1960s, he placed the first set of modern dental implants into a human patient. Today, dental implants are used around the world as part of restorative dental care.

Fortunately, you don’t have to drive that far to get them. We offer them as a service for our patients who are missing teeth right here a Brandon Family Dental.

Make your appointment today if you would like to learn more.


Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

To better understand what dental implants are, you should think of prosthetics.

If someone loses a leg, he or she can get a prosthetic one. Someone who loses an arm can get a prosthetic one to replace it.

When you lose your teeth, most teeth replacements are focused on the replacing the missing crowns, which are the visible halves of our teeth.

The roots of our teeth are hidden behind our gums, where they are anchored into our jawbones. Dental implants are the prosthetic replacements for our roots.

As such, they serve as an anchor for replacement crowns. Dental implants also interact with jaws in the same way your roots do or did. As such, this helps to keep your jaw healthy as well.

Who are good candidates for dental implants? Here’s your answer:

◼︎ People who are missing one tooth

Dental implants helped us take a step forward with regard to single tooth replace. Before implants, dental bridges were used to replace individual teeth.

In many ways, using a dental bridge is a counterintuitive way to fix that problem. With a traditional bridge, we would have to grind down two other teeth to support that bridge. In other words, we have to damage two healthy teeth to replace your missing one.

With a dental implant, we can leave your healthy teeth alone. By placing an implant where your missing root was, we can attach a dental crown.

This effectively replaces your whole tooth, and it doesn’t require damaging other teeth in the process.

◼︎ People who are missing multiple teeth

This expands on the process described above. To replace two or more teeth, we fuse as many dental crowns together as needed to create a dental bridge.

Again, a traditional dental bridge would require reshaping two healthy teeth to support it.

By getting an implant-supported bridge, you can feel confident that your replacement teeth will fill the gap in your smile and remain securely in place.

◼︎ People who are missing a complete row of teeth

Earlier, we made a comparison between a large boat floating on the water and dentures, which float in your mouth on the outside of your gums. This explains why traditional dentures can come loose when you are eating or just talking to someone.

A denture adhesive can provide some temporary benefits, but no one wants to keep that gooey stuff in their mouths all the time.

Instead, we would recommend implant-supported dentures. A series of dental implants can be placed in your mouth to create a stable and strong foundation for your dentures. As an added bonus, they can restore much of your original biting and chewing power, which can allow you to eat more foods comfortably and with confidence that your dentures will remain securely in place.


Don’t Wait Another Day

Find out dental implants can help you restore your smile and more.

Call Brandon Family Dental in Ortonville, MI, at 248-469-0218. Make an appointment to learn how dental implants could make a difference in your smile and your life.