Losing teeth through whatever causes, can be extremely tragic and terminal to some of us in Bath; when our teeth go, it’s followed quickly by our beauty, our self esteem and our quality of life- next stop, a home for the elderly. Though dentures have come a long way, for some of us, they signal the end of that youthfulness that we have desperately hung on to. But it really, truly isn’t the case anymore and we have the wonders of modern dentistry to thank for that and it’s all thanks to dental implants. This technology has improved so much, that it’s become the more preferred answer to tooth loss and sets you free in a way that dentures simply, can’t. New laser based surgery delivers the implant with complete accuracy and less damage is done to the gums, which makes the treatment more efficient and more widespread; meaning the cost of having it done has dropped dramatically. Having an implant fitted allows you to have a new tooth fitted- it’s as strong as the original, less prone to disease and once they’ve been fitted into the jaw bone, they are in for ever; even if the tooth breaks down, or is damaged, you simply have another one popped onto the implant. Essentially, you have a brand new mouth full of new teeth that allow you to live life to the full, just as you did when you were carefree and young!
Imagine if it were possible to replace a tooth when it had been lost due to decay or injury. For many years, the closest dentists have come is with partial dentures, often known as plates, or dental bridges. Both of these restored the cosmetic appearance of the teeth but they never felt like real teeth and they certainly didn’t behave like them. Patients often have had to watch what they ate to avoid causing any damage to the more fragile replacements. Then there was the question of replacing the dental substitute every eight to ten years when it began to fall apart. Well, now there is a genuine alternative for a real tooth that lasts a lifetime and feels solid, and allows you to eat what you want, when you want.
Dental implants are the only type of dental restoration that replaces the whole part of the tooth from root to crown. The implant itself replaces the root, as it is a small metal screw that is placed directly into the jawbone, just like a real root. This provides a solid base for the artificial tooth, which is attached via a post. The artificial tooth, chosen and designed to match the existing teeth, will then be held firmly in place with no fragile bonding of attachments in danger of breaking. This is because all the support mechanism is held within and beneath the tooth. Apples, nuts and other hard foods will no longer be a problem and the implant will last for the rest of your life.
Dental implants are available from Swindon dentists and are implanted over the course of several appointments over several weeks. This is because the implant will need time to fuse with the other tissue and bone in the mouth.
A Dental implant is an artificial tooth made from porcelain that is uniquely fixed to the jaw bone, for all intent and purposes it is the next best thing to a real and natural tooth. A Bristol dentist says that they have completely revolutionised the dental industry. Invented through many years of research and tests, the Implant was first researched in the 50s and 60s and since then they have been improved on to the present day. To someone who loses a tooth and can`t get on with dentures, they are a really good alternative as an artificial tooth. The process isn’t a quick fix though and the whole procedure can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months. There is a lot of science involved and the method consists of the jaw bone integrating with the new tooth. A plate made of Titanium is the key start to the procedure, it is slide under the gum and screwed to the jaw bone, it is pre-drilled with holes to accept poles later on that will be the anchors for the actual tooth. The plate is left to integrate with the jaw bone by agitating the blood system into producing new bone cells, these grow around the plate to make it part of the jaw. The poles are then screwed in and glued, then the new tooth or teeth is slide on and cemented in, the tooth is now usable after a few days of sensitivity. It needs no special care and can be regarded as a natural tooth.