If you have lost a tooth, or more teeth, you will know that it can be the reason for a number of problems developing – both within your mouth, and beyond into your physical appearance. Often, those who have lost one or more of their teeth refrain from visiting their dental practice for any treatment to replace the space within their jaws.
This is particularly common in cases where the lost tooth is further at the back of the patient’s teeth and is less visible from the outside. However, if left untreated, the surrounding teeth often eventually shift, which can cause further orthodontic problems arising. Dental crowns and bridges are the most commonly used treatments for lost teeth, however they do not normally provide the same level of strength and support as a natural tooth would – as they act mostly on a prosthetic basis. Dental implants in Windsor however give patients an option which allows them to fill any spaces inside their mouth in such a way that it looks completely realistic and indistinguishable from a natural tooth, yet also provides the same level of support and structure.
How is this possible?
In terms of recent advancements in medical and dental science, dental implants are inarguably one of the most impressive. The fundamentals of the implant procedure involves replicating the natural process in which a tooth is embedded inside a patient’s mouth by creating a titanium-alloy false tooth root. Dental implants use titanium-alloy within the structure of their false tooth-roots because the metal has the unique ability to fuse together with bone tissue. Prior to discovering the biocompatibility of titanium-alloy in 1952, after an orthopedic surgeon accidentally witnessed a titanium-alloy cylinder which had fused with a rabbits femur, such a treatment would never have been possible.
Nowadays however, since Branemark’s fateful discovery, titanium-alloy has been used within dental implant surgery and has made it possible to restore a lost tooth on a structural and permanent basis through a short dental procedure. This has helped countless patients who were struggling with dentures or untreated missing spaces in their mouths fully restore their ability to speak, chew and smile properly.
How are dental implants implanted?
The process of getting dental implants from a reliable dental practice initially starts with a consultation and examination of your teeth, to gauge how much treatment you require and identify if there are any issues which may stand in the way of the success of the treatment. After this, an incision is made surgically where the missing teeth or tooth would be. Into it, the titanium alloy socket is then inserted and sealed over. Over a short period of time which follows, the titanium inside the socket will fuse itself together with the bone tissue of the patient’s jaw. This means that it is perfect to be used to fold a denture in place in such a way that it will never shift out of place and can be used to the same strength as a natural tooth would be.