The whole picture
Dental implants, in some rudimentary form or other have existed for thousands of years. From as far back as ancient China, in 2000BC, scientists and archaeologists have uncovered skulls that contain early dental implants that were constructed out of bamboo pegs and other naturally occurring materials. Whilst the idea of hammering bamboo pegs into our mouths may cause a number of us to wince, it is interesting to note that the importance that has been placed on having a full set of teeth, is nothing new. There has always been a connection between having a full and healthy smile and prosperity, success and confidence. Those who suffer from missing teeth can often find it to have a largely detrimental impact on their social confidence and self-esteem, and it is for this reason that an increasing number of patients are seeking dental implants in Herefordshire to permanently address this issue and renew both their smiles and their self-confidence.
Putting on a brave face
Many who suffer from gaps within their teeth are often deterred from seeking treatment due to the costs of procedures and the length of the undertaking. This is particularly evident in instances where the tooth that is lost is at the back of a patient’s mouth, and thus not instantaneously obvious. It was estimated in 2010 that a staggering 27 million adults in the UK suffered from an untreated missing tooth. Whilst it may be common, the reality of having an untreated tooth is that it could have a massively detrimental effect on the overall smile of the patient that extends far beyond the superficial.
Beyond your years
One of the main issues which can arise from having an untreated missing tooth, is bone loss. This comes about through a process known as bone atrophy, which is when the surrounding bone tissue of a patient’s jaw is weakened and thus begins to erode. The effects of bone atrophy caused by a missing tooth often manifests by making the patient look far older than their years, as their teeth affect the entire structure of their face, and when bone tissue is lost they appear far older.
Bridging the gaps
Those who are seeking treatment for lost teeth and gaps within their mouths, initially have to undergo a consultation period with a dental practitioner of their choosing – whom they trust and respect wholeheartedly. This consultation is established to determine the extent of treatment that is required, as well as to detail the process of the procedure to the patient. Only once they feel properly clued up on the basis of the procedure, would the actual surgery begin. The initial stage of the dental implant procedure consists of a small hole being drilled into the area of the patient’s mouth in the space where their missing tooth or teeth ought to be. Thereafter, a titanium socket is inserted and left to heal. Titanium is utilised for its unique ability to fuse within human bone tissue. After a brief healing period, during which time it does exactly that – a replica tooth constructed from porcelain or plastic is then fixed within the socket, which is now firmly fused within the patient’s jaw. Thus, the gap within the patient’s mouth has been bridged with a study, good-as-new tooth which will allow them to smile to their fullest for years to come.