Tag Archives: Dental implants

Interesting facts about dental implants

Dental Implants In recent years, dental implants have become an increasingly popular choice for permanent tooth replacement as they are durable and allow patients to carry on with their lives without worrying about uncomfortable, loose dentures. Dental practices such as The Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh offer a variety of implant solutions to fit every dental need. But how much do you really know about dental implants? And how on Earth are rabbits involved with them?

Dental implants are centuries old

Archaeological excavations have revealed that ancient Mayans were the first to use a type of dental implants. Skulls found in Guatemala dating back to 600 AD contained hammered tooth-shaped shell pieces fixed into the gums. Mayan women were the ones who underwent the procedure, presumably for aesthetic reasons.

Say goodbye to cavities

Unlike natural teeth, titanium implants cannot be affected by tooth decay. Cavities cannot form on porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys. However, the gums beneath the dental implants as vulnerable as ever to gum disease. Good oral hygiene is still important to protect them from infection.

Rabbits helped develop modern dental implants

Titanium implants are successful thanks to a process called osseointegration, which describes their ability to fuse with the jawbone. This process ensures that your dental implants are strong and sturdy and your jawbone is just as strong as any other bone in your body. But did you know that we owe this discovery to rabbits? Swedish professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark revealed the beneficial properties of titanium, while studying blood flow in rabbit bone.

The only permanent tooth replacement option

Only dental implants offer patients the chance to have replacement teeth which look, feel and function like the real thing. Whereas conventional bridges, crowns and dentures last five to 10 years, with proper care, dental implants can last for life.

A complete denture can be supported on just four dental implants

If you have lost all your teeth in the upper or lower jaw, replacement with dental implants can be very expensive if one were required for each missing tooth. Luckily, a treatment known as All-on-4 allows a denture to be supported on as few as four dental implants, offering a reliable and cost-effective tooth replacement solution.

Tooth replacement methods explored – dental implants

Tooth ReplacementThere are a number of tooth replacement methods out there. If you can consider something like a crown, then this is a simple treatment that your dentist can offer you.

However, if it is already too late for this option, then you need to begin to expand your knowledge of tooth replacement options. Dentures are one of the most commonly known but you might also like to consider dental implants at a practice like Warrendale Dental in Herefordshire as a very effective alternative.

What are they?

Dental implants are fixtures that are placed in your body in order to support prosthetic teeth like a bridge, denture or crown. Your dentist will be happy to show you one. They look like tiny metal screws or cylinders and are usually made of a bio-friendly material like titanium.

Once fitted, dental implants sit in the jawbone where the tooth root would normally be. Each implant can hold one tooth or a number of teeth mounted on a bridge or denture.

How do they work?

The reason why dental implants are so effective is that they are accepted readily by the body. The jawbone knits around the implant via a process called osseointegration. Once this has taken place they are very secure and able to move naturally with the motion of the jawbone.

What else do you need to know?

Due to the placement of dental implants, you need to have the requisite depth and height in your jaw or at the base of your sinus cavity to have them. If this is not something you currently have due to deterioration in these areas, your dentist might be able to do something to help. You may be able to have a bone graft. This is where material is taken from elsewhere in your body – the chin or hip is common – and added to the bone of your jaw. It is clamped in place and will eventually fuse with your existing bone. This takes place over the course of around six months. Some patients prefer to use bone from an external supply like a donor or animal source. Once this procedure has been successful then you can then begin the process of having dental implants.

Looking after dental implants doesn’t need to be difficult: here’s what you need to know

Tooth Implant ModelSo you’ve chosen dental implants to replace your missing teeth, and are now enjoying all the benefits of a natural-looking, natural-acting beautiful new smile. One thing’s for sure: if you have suffered the misery and indignity of tooth loss once in your life, the last thing you will want to do is to go through that again.

Fortunately, it’s not difficult to look after dental implants, and the new teeth attached to them. When you have implants fitted at Dental Implants Bromley, you will be provided with full aftercare instructions, both for the short-term in the immediate aftermath of implant placement, to ensure that they heal properly, and in the long-term, once your implants have been restored with new teeth.

One of the first things you should do after having your dental implants restored with crowns, a bridge, or dentures is to book an appointment with a dental hygienist. They will teach you how to clean your new teeth effectively, including the use of any special tools such as interdental brushes or denture brushes.

Just like your natural teeth, dental implants can be affected by plaque bacteria. A condition known as peri-implantitis is a serious consequence of failing to maintain your hygiene with dental implants, and can even lead to implant failure. It is similar to gum disease and like advanced gum disease it is both preceded by a less-serious form of the condition, and completely avoidable.

Peri-implantitis is caused by bacterial infection and causes the bone to shrink away from the implants, eventually leading to them becoming loose. Should you notice any redness, swelling, or bleeding when you brush your new teeth, you should book an appointment with your dentist immediately. These can be early warning signs of the less serious form of infection, and can be treated successfully with early intervention by your dentist.

As long as you look after them, your dental implants and the new teeth attached to them will last you for many years. In many cases, they can even last a lifetime, meaning you can enjoy the freedom of a jaw of healthy teeth for life. 

A guide to dental implant treatment for patients with low bone density

Dental TreatmentDental implants are now widely recognised as the best long-term solution to tooth loss. These small titanium tooth roots are placed in direct contact with the jaw bone, where they integrate with the bone to not only hold your new teeth in place but also to help preserve the health of your jaw bone.

But what about if bone loss has already occurred? When many or all of your teeth have been missing for any significant period of time – perhaps you have been wearing traditional dentures and found them to be an increasing struggle – your jaw bone is likely to have started to resorb or shrink back, making your dentures loose and even altering the structure of your face, making you look old before your time.

An advanced dental implant clinic, such as Moor Park Dental Centre in London, can offer help to patients whose own dentist has turned them down because of a lack of bone density. This may be a bone graft procedure in the lower jaw, or a sinus lift procedure – which packs the sinus cavity with bone graft material – in the upper jaw.

Bone grafting options add at least six months to the average dental implants case, but are worth it because they maximise your implants’ chances of success. Once implants are in position they may be restored using either dentures – which will be removable – bridgework or, in the case of a single tooth replacement, a crown. These latter two options are designed to stay in your mouth permanently.

Whilst you will be able to remove your implant-retained dentures to clean them, they will otherwise stay firmly in position. A range of special attachments are used to connect your dentures to abutments on top of your implants, and your dentist will teach you how to remove and replace them.

Whether you have a denture, a bridge, or a single crown attached to your dental implants, they will give you back all the function of natural teeth. Your dentist can even “age” your false teeth so that they look realistic to the point many people won’t know they aren’t the real thing.