Baton Rouge Dentist Supports Medical Research

A beautiful smile does wonders to one’s personality.  A sparkling smile cannot only enhance the individual’s appearance but also say a lot about the overall health of the person. If someone has lost their tooth/teeth, they should no longer feel self-conscious. Natural looking teeth replace previous ones by undergoing a simple procedure of teeth augmentation. So anyone who has suffered teeth loss has a reason to smile.  An implant is an artificial tooth root that a dentist places in the jaw of the patient to support a replacement tooth/ teeth, within the mouth.

A patient who wishes to replace lost teeth might consider this procedure. Dental implantation can be done on any healthy individual. A dental implant has a better success rate than the traditional bridgework. With traditional bridgework, the adjacent teeth play a significant role in providing support to the bridge. Once you have decided that a dental implant may be the right choice, consult Grand Family Dentistry for an implant evaluation

Since a bridge procedure can lead to the weakening of the adjacent teeth, the health of the adjoining teeth must be taken into consideration for supporting the replacement tooth. Dentures, on the other hand, are a functionless appendage. Patients can hardly feel or look natural by opting for a denture. The loosely placed set of teeth can be extremely uncomfortable and not of much use either. Chewing and biting is uncomfortable with a mouthful of fake teeth.

Once you have decided to undergo the dental implant procedure, this dentist will monitor your progress to make sure that there are no postoperative complications. Regular check-ups ensure that the patient does not develop any infection.

Teeth implants consist of a root device made up of titanium. The term root from endosseous refers to the device, which has to be inserted into the jaw by following a simple surgical procedure. The root device can be made up of pure titanium or other materials. The use of this alloy has shown better results regarding fracture resistance and enhanced tensile strength. The root device is the screw-like device, which once placed inside the gum, can facilitate tooth replacement. This procedure remains through life and requires maintenance of oral health, which is similar to that of natural teeth.

The dentist will complete a detailed study of the site of the implant. The specific condition of the gum and the overall health of the patient are taken into account. Since this dentist is a specialist who has considerable experience in this field, he can determine if dental implantation is suitable for someone or not. Numerous scans are completed to assist the dentist during the surgical procedure. Damage to the osteoblast (bone cell) is problematic; care is taken while drilling into the jaw. Initially, a pilot hole is bored by the use of handheld osteotomes. A successive drill with increasing width of osteotomes is done to achieve desirable results. This procedure is conducted under general or local anesthesia.

Once you have completed the dental implants, you would never feel the loss of natural teeth, both functionally and cosmetically. Your smile is too precious, and it must be preserved at any cost. The earliest example of endosseous implants dates back to Maya civilization some 1350 years ago. Upon excavation of human remains, a shell in the shape of a tooth was implanted in the jaws of the mandible. After much research, it was determined that tissue had grown near the site of implantation suggesting that tooth replacement was practiced in the ancient civilization before the modern medical science came into existence.

In the 1950’s, Swedish Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Peringvar Branemark did the remarkable job in identifying the qualities of titanium in the bone implants. He found that the body would accept titanium and fresh tissue would grow near it thus confirming the property of the metal. Any implant in the bone could attach successfully by using this metal or its alloys. Based on his work, additional research was conducted in the field of dentistry as well.

Dr. Leonard Linkow is considered the father of modern dental implantation. He has performed more than nineteen thousand successful implant surgeries, authored twelve books and patented six procedures to his name. His work led to further development in the current methodology involved in implantation. His observations of osseointegration, when the titanium screw is implanted in the jaw bone, has to lead to the first step towards carrying out tooth replacement surgery.