The low down on dental implants and how they work. By a Bristol dentistA 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.
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