Dental implants have existed since the beginning of time; not the ones we know now of course. However, the first recorded dental implant dates back to 1000 BC. Through the ages, medical implants have come a long way.

How do they work?

Dental implants are fused directly into the jawbone and can last decades. There are different types of implants that work differently and each has a different dental implant recovery time period. A tooth implant picture can be a painful thing to see, it is, however, a relatively painless process. Plain painkillers would be enough to dull any post-operative pains.

Types of Dental Implants

There are 2 main types of dental implants; Endosteal&Subperiosteal implants. Other such- types, of implant categories, include bridge implants for multiple missing teeth, fixed bridges or removable dentures.

• Endosteal implants

Endosteal implants are placed directly into the Jawbone. Endosteal implants are usually a two-stage surgery. The implant is first fitted to fuse with the jawbone. After giving time for the gum tissue around the affected area to heal, a second surgery is conducted to fix the post that the artificial tooth or grouped bridge will eventually rest on.

• Subperiosteal implants

Unlike Endosteal implants, the subperiosteal implants include fitting a metal or zirconia frame into the jawbone. After sufficient healing, posts are implanted into the frame protruding through the gum tissues. The artificial tooth is then mounted on the frame.

Dental implants have come a long way since their inception. There were numerous tries through the 80’s to perfect the process but they all yielded negative results. Later on in the mid 90’s, the right type of metal that could be fuse successfully with the jawbone was discovered. The first successful dental implant was done in 1965 and included a titanium frame which would be fused into the Jawbone.