Although dental implants were invented more than 50 years ago, it is only in the past 30 that they have become widely adopted by dentists around the world. The inventor of dental implants was a Swedish surgeon, Dr Per-Ingvar Branemark. He was studying the healing process of bone tissue when he accidentally discovered that titanium and bone are able to fuse together in a process he called osseointegration. The creation of dental implants is widely considered by many dentists to be one of the most important breakthroughs in restorative dentistry for many years.
If you have lost teeth, you will probably understand the significance of dental implants, especially if you have a bridge or have been wearing dentures for some time. Tooth loss is nothing new, it has been a source of frustration for humans for thousands of years. However in terms of tooth replacement, dentures have been around almost as long as lost teeth. Archaeologists have discovered dentures made by the Etruscans, Japanese and the ancient Egyptians from a variety of materials including wood, bone and even gold. The advantages offered by dental implants mean that many of the frustrations of denture wearing become a thing of the past. Many dental practices such as Enhance Dental in Leeds use dental implants in a variety of ways to restore their patients teeth.
A permanent solution for missing teeth
As the small titanium screws that are fitted into your jaw become integrated with the bone, dental implants are a secure, long-term solution to tooth loss. They offer a number of benefits including restoring your smile as well as enabling you to go back to eating more of the foods that you used to enjoy.
Dental implants also have the advantage of looking and feeling like your natural teeth, you may even find that you forget that they are not your own natural teeth. Even if you have lost all of your teeth, dental implants can be used to stabilise your dentures. In this case the implants are used to anchor your dentures securely in place reducing irritation and eliminating the need to remove your dentures every night.