Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD, when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman. Thank goodness for contemporary dentistry!
Contemporary dental implants, which have been in use for many decades, have been proven safe and effective.
Usually made of titanium, a dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth root and provides a strong and sturdy foundation for one or more replacement teeth or crowns.
Teeth restored with dental implants can’t get cavities! An replacement tooth, or crown, doesn’t decay like a natural tooth, but you still must brush, floss and care for it and your surrounding natural teeth and gums in the same manner as natural teeth. Regular professional cleanings and dental check-ups also are essential.
Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
It is important to do your homework and seek a well-qualified, experienced dental implant dentist and treatment option that will meet your long-term functional and cosmetic needs. Implant dentists credentialed by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) are experts and have demonstrated training, competence and documented success in implant dentistry, and have met national standards of education and practice in oral implantology.Read more about questions to ask and how to find an implant dentist.
In 1951, a small group of dentists who were successfully placing dental implants came together to form the AAID to share their knowledge on the practice of implantology. The Academy is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of implant dentistry. Committed to top quality patient care and to research, education and excellence in implant dentistry, the AAID’s more than 4,000 members include general dentists, specialists, individual practitioners and members who are part of a team.