Dental Implants are one of modern dentistry’s marvels. Dental implants not only help create a beautiful smile, but most importantly they help create a beautiful bite! If you have ever wondered about improving your appearance and eating experience, then read on to discover how you too can experience one of dentistry’s modern marvels.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used to help replace a tooth or teeth that are missing. They are inserted into the jawbone where the root of a tooth once was and cannot be seen once they have been surgically implanted. Implants are made of titanium as it has the ability to fuse to the bone, called osseointegration. Titanium is also biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body.
History of dental implants
Dental implants are common in today’s modern dentistry techniques, dating back to the first use in the 1970’s. However simple types of implants have been used by humans for many years, the first such find can be dated back to 600 A.D during the Mayan civilization. Materials such as bone, shell, carved stone or jade have been found to have been used to replace missing teeth. Some of these materials actually fused in the jawbone itself. The use of titanium as a successful material to use for an implant was discovered accidently in 1952 when an orthopaedic surgeon found that he was unable to remove a piece of titanium he had inserted into a jawbone to study how bone healed.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are used to replace the root of one or more missing teeth. To do this, what looks like a titanium screw or post needs to be inserted into the jawbone. First the gum is cut open to expose the alveolar bone and the root section of the implant is inserted into the implant socket in the bone. Then the gum is stitched over the wound and the stiches are then removed about ten days later. After about twenty weeks, the gum is cut open and a healing coping is attached to the top of the post to poke out of the gum, which heals around it in about two weeks. Finally the last post is screwed to the implant and a permanent crown is made and attached to the top of it.
Benefits of dental implants
Your mouth is a highly important part of your body. It contains the tools needed for successful mastication or chewing of your food, as well as playing a role in your facial appearance. If due to decay, an accident or other means you are missing some or all of your teeth, implants can provide you with many positive benefits.
These include preventing bone reabsorption due to shrinkage as there is no tooth root for the jawbone to hold onto, the ability to eat any food you would like as implants are not going to move around in your mouth, a permanent solution to tooth replacement as unlike dentures they do not move and finally they do not require any alterations done to existing teeth, such as the filing down of teeth to attach traditional prosthesis such as bridges. Dental implants are one of the most useful dental inventions that we use today. By choosing implants you are going to improve the quality of your appearance and eating pleasure, as well as preventing further deterioration to your jawbone, which can make you look older. It is time for you to experience one of modern dentistry’s marvels too!
Affordable Dental Implants In The UK
Brighton Implant Clinic is one of the leading dental implants in the UK today. We try to make Dental implants more affordable at just £995 per tooth (which includes the dental implant, a titanium abutment and a porcelain fused to metal crown). For multiple implants the cost per tooth can be as low as £495 per tooth. Our highly experienced surgeons are capable of providing the full range of dental implants treatments including bone grafting and soft tissue grafts.