Dental implants were first developed in the early 1960s, but they have only become a widely used alternative to dentures or bridges during the past decade or so. The benefits of dental implants are now clear and dentists are adopting them as their preferred solution to replacing some or all of a patient’s missing teeth. Dentists have found that dental implants are generally very reliable when properly cared for, and offer a number of long term benefits to overall oral health. These include restoring both the appearance and function of the missing teeth. One of the major benefits is that the implants help to maintain the strength and integrity of the jawbone in the same way that a real tooth does. Dental implants are also an effective way of providing a stable and secure means of fixing bridges or dentures. This means that you can enjoy eating a wide range of foods that denture wearers often find difficult or impossible to eat.
There are many reasons why you can lose your teeth: accidental damage, or trauma due to contact sports, periodontal disease are all common occurrences. For some people the tooth may never have grown due to various congenital factors. Whatever the reason for your lost or missing teeth a growing number of dental practices such as Smylife in Manchester can now offer you bespoke dental implants.
Understanding the technology behind dental implants
Dental implants are made in three sections: the first is a precisely engineered titanium screw which is placed into the jawbone in a minor surgical procedure. This screw supports the abutment, onto which your crown, bridge or dentures are then fixed. If you decide to opt for dental implants you will find that the treatment can take up to nine months to complete.
Are dental implants suitable for everyone?
Dental implants are usually only suitable for patients in good general health, and are not suitable for children under 17. If you smoke or drink heavily there are likely to be more problems with the initial healing process and the long-term success of your implants. You may find that dentists will decline to provide this treatment you if you are unable to reduce or, preferably stop smoking.