Dental implants are a fascinating piece of dentistry. They give patients back teeth that look and feel natural. They have developed over a long period of time to become the modern and accessible option that is increasingly popular. For patients, it is worth knowing as much as possible about this treatment before they decide to go ahead. Much of what they need to know will be covered by their dentist during their first appointment or two. In the meantime, here are some interesting facts for beginners about dental implants in Buckinghamshire.
Dental implants are fitted into the jawbone
A dentist, like Smile Design Dental, makes holes in a patient’s jawbone in order to insert dental implants in Buckinghamshire. This is done under local anaesthetic at their dental practice. The area then heals around the implant, ensuring that it is secure and ready for use.
Dental implants have been around for more than 50 years
Actually, there is some evidence to suggest that people have been trying to perfect tooth replacement using various materials for thousands of years. However, the first titanium dental implant was fitted by Per-Ingvar Brånemark in 1965.
Someone can bite just as well with dental implants as they can with normal teeth
Actual bite pressure varies from person to person. However, the link between dental implants, the jaw muscles and the jawbone means that what someone can achieve with their normal teeth, they can replicate with dental implants in Buckinghamshire.
Dental implants can support more than one new tooth
A single tooth can be replaced with a single dental implant. However, one dental implant can support more than one tooth. Often a patient has multiple teeth mounted on a bridge or denture and these are fitted to one or more dental implants but not necessarily one for each tooth.
Dental implants do not suffer from tooth decay
As the new teeth that are attached to dental implants are artificial, they are not subject to the dangers of oral bacteria in the same way as normal teeth. However, the gums and any remaining teeth still need diligent care to ensure they are healthy and that the dental implants are likely to last a long time.