1) The people of South Korea have the most dental implants per capita
According to a recent statistics, South Korea is the largest market of dental implants per capita in the world. There were over 100,000 dental implants carried out in 2014.
2) Movement towards ceramic Implants
Titanium may be widely used in the dental implantation process and for very good reason. However research is continuing on other non-metallic substances. The main one being zirconia. Although zirconia is made from zirconium oxide and is technically a metal, the form that’s used for dental implants is more like a ceramic. It has all the great properties that a titanium implant does, but because of its natural white colouring it tends to be completely indistinguishable from a normal tooth root.
3) Not simply cosmetic
Aside from the obvious benefits of an improved smile, dental implants can not only halt the process of natural bone deterioration, but preserve and stimulate it too. By implanting the titanium rod into the jaw bone, a process of osseointegration (bone fusion) takes place. This stimulates the bone into new growth. As such, it’s the only form of tooth replacement that has the ability to do this.
4) The History of Dental Implants
A form of dental implantation can be traced back to around 600AD and the ancient Mayans. Archaeologists found tooth-like pieces of shell which had been hammered into position in the jawbone of a Mayan woman.
5) Implants are Teeth in More Ways Then One
Although dental implants don’t suffer from cavities or root decay and can last for a significant amount of time, they can be prone to peri-implantis. When regular brushing and flossing are neglected, peri-implantitis can take hold. It’s a particularly destructive inflammatory problem that affects the hard and soft tissue surrounding the implant which eventually causes the implant to weaken and fall out over time.