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What Elephants have to do with Dental Implants

Did you know elephants have two types of teeth? 

We all know about the tusks…which are actually modified upper incisors used mostly for gathering food…but elephants also have what’s known as cheek-teeth. 

In other words, molars and premolars.

Here’s where it gets interesting:

An elephant has SIX sets of these teeth in its lifetime.  

But unlike the usual situation of teeth erupting upward from the jaw, these teeth erupt from the back of the jaw and drift forward over time, as if on a conveyor belt. 

As they reach the front of the jaw, they fragment and fall to the ground in pieces. 

So, essentially…

When these teeth wear out, an elephant grows new ones until that last set is in. 

No need for dental implants for elephants!

Which leads me to Triple Bristle customer James’s question:

My dad is actually looking to get all new dental implants (hopefully pretty soon). What advice would you give him?

Great question, James. 

Here’s the deal. Because I have restored LOTS of dental implants in my career…I’m hesitant to give very detailed advice without seeing the x-rays. 

However…

Generally‌, if your father is having his entire mouth restored…my advice is to use a periodontist or gum surgery specialist to place the implants.  

The reason being…

Whole mouth implant placement is one of the most difficult procedures to complete. 

The complexity of the procedure requires expert precision and accuracy to guarantee a successful outcome.

And, if possible, I would also recommend getting zirconia crowns rather than an acrylic hybrid. 

Zirconia offers superior strength, will last longer, and is more durable, meaning your father will have a better overall experience post-surgery.

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