Dental implants have been a wonderful solution to the problem of missing and damaged teeth for decades and decades. That said, implants and the technology used to craft and place them have advanced dramatically in as little time as the last twenty years. These advancements have not only improved countless smiles, but they've improved countless lives, too.
Over the years, we have noticed that many people are still unaware of the great progress made in the world of dental implants and periodontics. Patients walk into our facilities wary of dental implants. They worry they might look unrealistic or worry that the surgical procedures may be too grueling or risky.
As any of our regular patients or frequent readers know, we firmly believe that honest and accurate information can dispel the worries or concerns of even the most skeptic or apprehensive patient. With the right information, patients feel empowered to make the decision that satisfies their wants and needs.
That is why we've decided to take some time to explore the world of dental implants. We'll discuss why people might need dental implants, the psychological impact of damaged or missing teeth, our approach to dental implantology, and more. Should you have any questions as you are reading, or would like to learn more, do not hesitate to contact us at (416) 928-3444. We are always eager to hear from current or prospective patients.
The Early Days of Dental Implants
While the modern, high-caliber dental implants of the present-day might be indistinguishable from a natural tooth to most, that hasn't always been the case. Individuals embraced the concept of the dental implant long before the first titanium implant was surgically placed in a volunteer sometime in 1965.
How long have people been seeking solutions for the imperfect smile? You might be thinking the pursuit of dental perfection has only been going on for three or four hundred years. After all, the 17th century was indeed a long time ago, wasn't it? Yes, it was. But think back even further, to 2000 B.C. Evidence shows that four thousand years ago, the Chinese were using carved bamboo pegs to fill the gaps in their smile.
It wasn't until 1000 B.C. that we saw the first replacement tooth made of metal. This metal tooth was discovered in the mouth of an Egyptian king. His upper jawbone had a copper peg hammered into it, which presumably would have kept the tooth in place. Fast forward several centuries, and you'll find a 300 B.C. French man in a Celtic grave with a false tooth made of iron.
The Downsides of Damaged Teeth
For those who are eager to learn more about the nooks and crannies of false teeth and implants, there is much more information to delve into. What we hope this illustrates, though, is that people have been looking for ways to improve their smiles since the dawn of time. People have always wanted to improve an imperfect smile, which brings us onto our next subject: the psychological impact of damaged or missing teeth.
When dentists talk about teeth, they often talk about the health-related consequences of uncorrected issues. Some of these include cavities, bacteria, gum disease, TMJ, bad breath, and so on. But damaged or missing teeth can do more than affect your oral health-they can affect your psychological state.
Even people who've lived their whole lives with a missing tooth say they've always felt self-conscious about it. This self-conscious feeling can impact their self-esteem, resulting in a lower opinion of oneself.
Thankfully, with the help of a Periodontist as skilled as Dr. Suzanne Caudry, people do not have to go through life feeling insecure about their smiles. If you are curious to learn about the latest innovations in implantology and all the ways we have sought to improve the patient experience, we encourage you to read on.
Dental Implants the Dr. Caudry Way
Here in the facilities of Dr. Caudry, we have long embraced the latest surgical and periodontal innovations. One of these major surgical breakthroughs is computer-guided surgery.
Computer-guided surgery is a safe, patient-friendly, and reliable approach to dental implant planning and placement. To say that we are familiar with this approach would be an understatement, to say the least. Dr. Caudry was actually one of the first periodontists in North America to receive training in these methods over almost two decades ago. Since then, she and her team have not just embraced all the latest innovations-she has helped push the world of oral surgery further.
The advantages of computer-guided surgery are endless. With these fully-integrated digital workflows, we can even craft dental impressions without the messy, sticky putty professionals have embraced in the past. With our approach, we rely on intraoral scanners and X-rays, allowing us to get a richly detailed picture of your mouth. These are more accurate and boost your level of comfort.
Dental Implant Planning
Thanks to our computer-guided methods, we can plan the entire procedure from start to finish before even prepping you for oral surgery. We devote much time to making sure your new implant and crown suit your mouth perfectly, ensuring that you leave with the natural-looking and renewed smile you've always wanted.
With our approach, you spend less time in the dentist's chair overall. The surgical process will go as smoothly as possible, and we will place your implant with unrivaled accuracy. We will restore your smile and your oral health.
Learn More About Dental Implants with Dr. Caudry
The world of dental implants is vast, and for every prospective patient, there are often several approaches to crafting the perfect smile. If there are more questions you need to be answered, do not hesitate to contact us. We treat every caller as though they're one of our many longtime patients. We'll answer every question and address all your concerns, from issues related to pre-operative requirements to post-operative care and beyond. All you have to do is call Dr Caudry at (416) 928-3444.