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The average adult has thirty-two teeth by age eighteen: sixteen teeth on the top and sixteen teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces while the back teeth, or molar teeth, are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
For many of us, implant treatment for missing teeth is a new concept; something we never imagined possible. In an age of medical breakthroughs and longer, healthier living, it shouldn't be surprising that lost teeth no longer means dentures floating in a glass. Science offers a better solution.
In the early 1950s, Swedish scientist Per-Ingvar Brånemark observed that titanium could bond with bone. He termed this process osseointegration. Systems were then developed using pure titanium implants for tooth replacement and other medical applications. The long-term success of Brånemark System® has been so high that the question in not "does it work?", but rather, "what else can it be used for?"
Professor Brånemark's first dental implants were placed three decades ago, and today still function perfectly for his first patient. Since then, over two hundred thousand patients around the world have been treated using Brånemark System® for tooth replacement. What began as a treatment for people with no teeth and little hope of normal function, has now developed to benefit virtually any dental situation, including an anterior tooth replacement.
The hope of restoring something important that's been lost, especially in the human body, is an exciting possibility. With Brånemark System® implant, it's not just a hope. It's a reality.