Since the 1960’s, dental implant technology has improved the confidence, smiles, and chewing ability for many Americans. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), over 3 million people in the United States have dental implants, and an additional 500,000 people get added to this number each year. As dental implants become more available over time through efficient techniques and affordable procedures, we can expect the rate of implantations to increase.
Titanium: The Key to Dental Implants
For dental implants to work, they need to be inserted into the jawbone in a way that makes them secure, capable of withstanding the forces of biting and chewing. They need to be made of a substance that the human body accepts, one that won’t cause inflammation or rejection. In other words, it must be biocompatible. After years of research, development, and successful procedures, medical and dental professionals learned that titanium is the best substance to use. Through a process called osseointegration, the surface of a titanium dental implant fuses with the surrounding bone, bonding and becoming an integral part of the jawbone. Titanium screws are used not only in dental implants, but in many surgeries to repair joints and keep bones together. The success of past medical procedures with titanium continues to influence the procedures of the future.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Clearly, the titanium in dental implants is an important medical material. If you have questions about dental implants, titanium, or other ways to improve your oral health, the dentists at the Placerville Dental Group are ready to answer them. Give our office a call or schedule an appointment online to go over your questions.