It seems like every parent must go through a battle every morning and night to get their children to brush their teeth. Ironically, many of these parents may just be hypocrites. An estimated one in four adults don’t brush their teeth twice a day, including one third of the male population.
It’s not news when someone finds themselves facing oral surgery due to improper teeth maintenance, considering the frequency it seems to occur. Orthodontists can perform a multitude of dental procedures required to return someone’s teeth to good condition. Implants such as crowns and veneers have become popular operations because these replacements can be more reliable than actual teeth. Some people even have them implanted without having previous damage simply for their aesthetics and reliability.
According to scientific literature, the success rate of dental implants has been reported at an astounding 98%. Without the calcification and enamel that natural teeth consist of, implants do not corrode from the sugar and plaque that lays between the gums. The procedure of embedding these fixtures involves a metal root, usually made of a metal such as titanium, that is inserted by the orthodontist into the jaw, where it will bonded to the bone in a process called osseointegration. After the implant is securely mounted, the fixtures, such as a crown, bridge, or even dentures, are then attached to the metal base.
This method of dental reconstruction is becoming exceedingly popular. Currently there are up to three million Americans turning to orthodontists for some form of dental implants and that number is growing by 500,000 people every year.
With options to either have fixtures permanently secured to the implants, or removable for those who wear dentures, there are implants that can help a variety of people and dental problems. As technology continues to improve, the methods for dental implants will as well. In the coming years, implants may become standard practice just to ensure the long-term reliability of teeth.