Dental implants were developed in the 1950s. Today they are considered the gold standard of care for tooth replacement. Unlike other restoration methods, dental implants do not merely rest on the gums, but act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth.
Dental implants are the most hard-wearing, long-lasting and lifelike form of tooth replacement, which is why dentists recommend them as a viable treatment for tooth loss. Dental implants in Barnsley are available at many dental practices, including PDC Dental Implants. Their success rates are very high and this is due to modern techniques and materials that have greatly improved the outcomes of dental implant placement over the years.
What are Dental Implants?
As their name suggests, dental implants are ‘implanted’ into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. They are small, screw-shaped, titanium posts anchored into the jaw, below the gum line. Because titanium is compatible with the human body, the dental implants integrate with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth such as crowns, dentures or bridges. Patients who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from denture stabilisation with dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants in Barnsley
Dental implants provide exceptional stability. Unlike conventional bridges, dental implants do not rely on grinding down healthy teeth for their stability. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants do not become loose over time because they permanently fixed into the mouth. Dental implants and the restorations they support feel, look and function just like natural teeth.
Replacement teeth supported by dental implants have the same biting and chewing power as natural teeth. More importantly, dental implants prevent jawbone degeneration that normally occurs after tooth loss and so help maintain facial structure and prevent the development of a prematurely aged look.
In the long run, dental implants are cost effective as unlike bridges and dentures, they are designed to last a lifetime with proper care.
A Word on Proper Care
Dental implants are not subject to cavities but gum disease can cause implants to fail. Patients should therefore maintain a good oral hygiene routine to ensure they avoid dental disease.