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Why dental implants?

Dental implants are widely considered to be the most successful method of tooth replacement used today, because they provide patients with a number of benefits over other solutions.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant functions as the root of a new tooth. Made out of titanium, only a few millimeters long, and carefully engineered, this small screw is placed in your jawbone by your dental provider and serves as the foundation for your new tooth. Advances in biomaterials and computerized production can provide you with an individually customized high strength restoration designed to provide long term function and fulfill your appearance expectations.

Healthy natural-looking smile

Modern dental restorations, supported by dental implants, look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Their color, shape, and contour are made to match that of your natural teeth as closely as possible.

Healthy remaining teeth

Diagram of a jaw with a dental implant.Dental implants do not sacrifice neighboring teeth to provide support like alternative treatments can. A dental implant can also lessen the loads to your remaining natural teeth while chewing by replacing structural support for your biting forces. By replacing the root structure of a missing tooth you are also replacing support for your bite that has been distributed to your other teeth. Previous bridge solutions replaced the top of a tooth but depended on your remaining teeth to provide the increased support necessary.

Stable comfortable fit

Dental implants are fixed in your jawbone, providing a comfortable and stable foundation for your restoration. Moreover, they are made of biocompatible materials and your body tolerates them easily.

Long-lasting proven solution

Implant solutions are very durable. With proper care and good oral hygiene, they will last many years, or even a lifetime. The first patient was treated with modern dental implants in 1965. When the patient died in 2006, the implants had worked without problems as the foundation for a series of oral prostheses for 40 years. Since then, millions of implants have been placed successfully all over the world.
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Dental implant history

Professor Brånemark who discovered dental implantsThe use of dental implants dates back further than you might imagine. It is believed that the Mayans placed the first dental implant more than 1300 years ago. They used seashells to restore missing teeth in a woman. Archaeological evidence has also been found demonstrating that Egyptians also used seashells as well as ivory to replace missing teeth.

Modern dental implants can trace their origin to 1952 and a chance discovery by Swedish Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark. During an animal study, Prof. Brånemark screwed a titanium cylinder into the thighbone of a rabbit. When he tried to remove the cylinder at the end of the study he found that bone had actually fused into the titanium. He called this bone-to-titanium fusion "osseointegration." Realizing the broad implications of his discovery, he began focusing on how osseointegration could benefit humans.

During his research, Prof. Brånemark discovered that titanium, under carefully controlled conditions, would structurally integrate into the jawbone, allowing it to be used as anchors for artificial teeth, functioning similarly to natural teeth roots.

In 1965, Mr. Gösta Larsson became the first human recipient of titanium dental implants. Using a very cautious method to ensure the greatest possible degree of respect to living bone tissue, Prof. Brånemark inserted a set of titanium implants that Mr. Larsson would have function for the rest of his life.

Nobel Biocare was founded upon the discoveries and research of Dr. Brånemark, and has maintained its position as the world leader in dental implant research, documentation and solutions.

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Five more reasons to talk to your dentist

nobelsmile reasons to talk to your dentist

1. You are avoiding certain foods, because they are too difficult to eat.

Getting your tooth replaced brings back your full chewing function, so you can go back to enjoying the foods you love.

2. One or several teeth in your mouth are missing or going to be removed.

A dental restoration at the right time can prevent further oral health complications that could affect remaining healthy teeth.

3. You are suffering from headaches or migraines since you've lost one or several teeth.

Missing teeth can often affect the positioning of your other healthy teeth, causing a misalignment of your teeth and of the upper and lower jaws, and stiffness in the muscle and joints.

4. Your facial silhouette has changed since losing one or more teeth.

A lack of teeth can severely reduce density of jawbone, because it is no longer stimulated when chewing. This leads to a shrinking jawline, which makes you look older than you really are.

5. You are unhappy with appearance of your teeth.

Discolored, uneven, and damaged teeth can affect your smile and facial profile. Ask your dentist for options to restore your smile.

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Why your dentist works with Nobel Biocare

dentures in a glass of waterThe appearance and health of your new smile is very important. The quality and safety of your new teeth is just as important.

To fulfill their commitment to excellence, our dentists therefore choose premium products to offer you the best possible service before, during and after treatment.

And they choose Nobel Biocare, a pioneer in dental implantology, as their preferred partner, because they trust in the Nobel Biocare value promise.

Patients first

patients first men on a benchIn 1965 the world’s first patient to receive modern dental implants was already treated with Nobel Biocare implants. Gösta Larsson of Gothenburg, Sweden, had been an oral invalid until Professor Brånemark, the discoverer of osseointegration, dramatically and forever changed his life by inserting the first titanium dental implant into his mouth. Half a century of heritage and experience that show in our range of dental implants and solutions, and help us treat millions of patients all over the world successfully - now and in the future.

Collaboration with leading experts

collaboration with leading expertsAt Nobel Biocare we take pride in our close collaboration with leading experts around the world. Our continuous product and clinical training for dentists and dental laboratories makes sure you feel in good hands every step of the way towards your new smile.

Scientific excellence and innovation

scientific excellence and innovationYour well-being is key for us. That‘s why we continue to invest in scientific research and innovation, and can look back on many years of scientific evidence for our products. Every new product is carefully engineered and tested to provide you with safe and long-lasting dental solutions. A tradition that translates into new quality of life for people like you every day.

Lifetime warranty

lifetime warrantyWe want you to be happy with your new teeth - year after year. That's why Nobel Biocare offers your dentist a lifetime warranty on dental implants. To learn more about the Nobel Biocare Warranty Program, please visit

Worldwide support

worldwide support globeWe are here for you. Dentists around the globe use Nobel Biocare products and solutions. So, whether you move, go on vacation or change dentist, there will always be a Nobel Biocare specialist near you.

Important safety information
Treatment with dental implants is a surgical procedure and requires prior evaluation by your dentist to make sure your dental and general health permits dental implant treatment. Find out more
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