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When I Was A Kid There Was No Such Thing As Dental Implants} Jan 21

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Submitted by: Jonaha Knaacik

When I was a kid there was no such thing as dental implants. The only thing a dentist could do to a bad tooth was try to fix it or yank it. But dental implants are the new thing nowadays. I don’t know for sure but I think implants might be necessary because of gum disease. Bone grafting, I believe is an essential part of implants and I hear dental implant costs are enormous. I don’t know if it’s popular because dental health is more of an issue today or because vanity plays an important role. After all, who wants a smile with a gaping whole in your teeth. I guess dental implants can also be an alternative to dentures. I remember my grandmother taking her teeth out every evening and putting them on the table top each night before bedtime. The more I think about it dental implants sound that much better.

Dental implants involve a term called Maxillofacial surgery performed, needless to say, by Maxillofacial surgeons. Believe it or not, Maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine specialties of dentistry. I wonder what the other eight are. Suffice it to say that it has to do with the soft and hard tissues of the neck, jaws, face and skull. It is an internationally recognized specialty, probably because you have to be a specialist just to say it.


When I looked up dental implant on the internet, I learned that anciently the Mayans used it. Then it wasn’t until 1952 that a dentist a Dr. Linkow did over 19,000 implants. It’s interesting how in earlier times people view new procedures with trepidation so the practice faded away until recently.

More and more people are participating in dental implants. Patients are more concerned with the cosmetic aspects of it as with anything else. Dental implants are now a common procedure among dentistry today. Treatments are done regularly and the more procedures that are done the more the cost of dental implants comes down.

Although there are still various controversies surrounding dental implants. Are they necessary? How long does it take to heal from this surgery? The arguments for healing range from two to 18 months. If the implants are not allowed to heal properly before loading and other work is done, then the tooth could fail.

Loading to my understanding has to do with placing the dental implant. Before you can have a dental implant you must have and extraction. That implant must be placed in the hole, for lack of a better term, from which the original tooth was extracted. Evidently, the argument lays with how long it takes for that bone to heal from which the tooth was pulled. Some dentist feel that the implant should be placed immediately after the extraction and others feel the bone should rest and heal before placing the implant. As with anything, there are two sides of the coin.

I’m a much simpler person. If I lose my teeth, I will probably take the easier and much cheaper route of dentures. I have not heard too many positive reports on dental implants. On the other hand I’m certain that it won’t belong before the process of dental implants is perfected and some day it may be as easy as getting a cavity filled.

About the Author: Jonah and his family for 7 generaions have been in the news business reporting on national and local sories


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