My Grandfather passed away last week. He was 101 years old, born well before the advent of Dental Implants. He was an amazing man who taught me many things, told me many stories, and was a great example of how to live a kind and humble existence. He told me many many stories about his youth. Many stories were about the Indians, the Spanish Flu pandemic, and the Great Depression. Some of those stories were about going to the dentist and what it was like 100 years ago. Stories about no anesthetic, no x-rays, and no gloves. He did not like going to the dentist when he was a little boy and I don’t blame him. I wouldn’t want to go either.
As a result of poor dental technology my grandfather, like many of his generation, lost several teeth at a young age. Because dental implants were not available at that time the teeth were not replaced and he lost a lot of jaw bone structure that later in life required advanced bone grafting in order to restore his teeth with dental implants.
Nowadays if the tooth is lost, and the patient is proactive, most often a dental implant can be placed almost immediately with minimal bone loss resulting. Your Boise family dentist can surgically place your dental implant if he has been appropriately trained and certified.
The International Congress of Oral Implantologists is the largest certifying agency for dental implant surgeons in the world. It is one of the best ways you find a great implant dentist.