If you face the loss of a tooth either through accident or dental disease there are several options available to you to rectify the problem. The traditional way was to take a mould of the inside of the mouth and construct a removable plate to which was attached a false copy of the missing tooth or teeth. More recently dental science has improved and the most popular method now is a dental implant in which a titanium post is screwed into the jaw in the location of the missing tooth. After a healing period of six to twelve weeks a porcelain crown is attached to the post creating a permanent, colour-matched replacement which is completely indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.
Are dental implants dangerous?
The current method of fixing dental implants using titanium was first introduced in the mid 1970’s and since then has become the industry standard though improvements are constantly being developed. Many of these improvements are attempts to accelerate the healing process after the titanium screw is installed. After insertion, the screw has to be given time to bond to the jawbone. It was found that by increasing the surface area of the screw bonding happened faster. With advances in materials technology new ways are being found to do this so it is important to choose a dentist who is wholly familiar with the latest developments in the field of dental implants. Over the years many millions of patients have had implants and that number is growing rapidly and it is now considered very safe with a 98% success rate.
The hidden benefits of dental implants
For some sufferers of tooth loss, aesthetic concerns prompt choosing implants, but for many eating certain foods can be uncomfortable or painful, leading many to avoid favourite items or compromising their health by only eating soft, processed foods, low in nutritional value. Dental implants can restore the joy of eating and revitalise the body by encouraging the consumption of a more varied and healthy diet.