The Evolution of Dental Implants

This revolutionary method of replacing a lost tooth is changing how dentists and patients can overcome the trauma of losing a tooth. In the past, dentures and bridges were the most common solutions, but ever since the 1950s, dental implants Herefordshire have been treating patients and bringing relief to thousands of them. With Dental implants you will not encounter difficulties with excessive saliva and you will be able to eat without stability issues. It also won’t affect your speech and your day to day life will not be affected. 

It's been a long development road 
Dental science has been on a long journey to get to the stage that we are at today where dental implants are now the tooth replacement treatment of choice. They mimic natural teeth in the way that they are anchored to the jaw bone, providing the same stability as natural teeth. Over the past years, the techniques have allowed for procedures requiring less invasive surgery. This allows for faster recovery and decreases the level of discomfort experienced by the patient. New regenerative medicines have also been developed, some of which utilise a patient's own blood to encourage faster healing and regrowth of bone tissue after surgery 

Technology playing its part 
Dental science and technology have combined to produce some amazing dental equipment. Dental 3D scanners and 3D printers allow for the production of a very high level of detail. The use of CT scans has also provided dentists with the ability to place the implant in precisely the correct place. 

Benefits to facial structure 
Because dental implants are placed into the jawbone this procedure encourages the jawbone to fuse with the implant. When a tooth is removed, the jaw bone will normally recede, but dental implants reverse this process. The result of this is that where a patient would normally experience some sinking of the face where the tooth was removed, they will now enjoy a revitalised facial appearance. 

Implant procedure 
An implant made of titanium is placed in the exact location of the lost or extracted tooth. This is left to heal and fuse with the bone to create a solid foundation. The next phase involves fitting the crown firmly to an abutment that is inserted into the top of the implant. The crown is coloured and contoured to perfectly blend in with the patient's natural teeth. To replace up to four teeth in a row only one implant is required. To allow for the replacement of an entire set of teeth, the latest technique requires only four implants to complete the procedure. This provides a stable and solid foundation just as a root for each tooth would have provided. 

Ability to chew normally 
Dental implants allow the patient to enjoy a normal lifestyle after about two weeks of healing after which a follow-up appointment will be required to make sure your implants are set correctly. After this, normal brushing, flossing and dental maintenance will ensure that normal eating and drinking can resume