Why dental implants have grown in popularity

Talk to your dentist to see why implants have become the 'gold standard' for tooth replacement

No one really likes to wear dentures, but for many years, this was the only solution to replacing a lost tooth. The only other option was to live with the gap it created. Increasingly though, people are looking to dental implants as a more effective way to replace a lost tooth. Many cosmetic dentists, such as this popular implant dentist in Derby offer this and are finding that more and more people are becoming interested as the procedure becomes better know.

What is a Dental Implant?

On the surface, this may appear to be a case of taking a tooth from one person and implanting it in other. This is how it generally works with an implant in medical terms. However, nothing could be further from the truth. A dental implant is actually a screw like object which is made from titanium and is screwed into the jawbone. Whilst this may sound brutal, in fact the jaw has relatively few nerves in it and it is not a painful procedure; of course, it is done using a local anaesthetic anyway.

Once the implant has been placed in the jaw, the wound is then stitched up and left to heal for around three months. During this time, the bone in the jaw will start to grow around and integrate itself with the screw. This only occurs with titanium for reasons that are not yet fully understood and was discovered accidentally many years ago. When this process has taken place, a crown will be attached to the implant which is now very firmly held in place. This in effect leaves the patient with an almost natural tooth and one which when it has settled, can be treated in exactly the same way and will not restrict what you can eat, unlike dentures.

The Benefits

The benefits of a dental implant are many. Apart from looking natural, the implant will also feel natural too once a patient has become used to it. It should also be as strong as or even stronger than a natural tooth and can be cleaned in the same manner. Given adequate care, there is no reason to think that it should not last for around twenty years or more too so although it is not a cheap procedure, over the period of time, it is good value for money. A side benefit too is that because the jaw has a 'tooth root' in it, it will not lose its density which happens with dentures. When this occurs it causes the face to change shape slightly and this is the reason why so many dentures appear to be ill fitting; it is not the dentures but the mouth itself.

Whilst it may be tempting to travel abroad for dental implants due to the decreased cost, this should be carefully thought through as there are many disadvantages such as after care, and for this reason, most people still choose to use a dentist in the UK.