Dentures May be on their Way Out
For years, patients have reluctantly accepted fillings and awkward dentures, wishing that they could turn back the clock and be given a second chance. They know that if they could, they would avoid all these fizzy drinks and sticky sweets, make the small effort to brush between meals, and generally look after themselves a little bit better. By this point though, it’s too late and they’re forced to suffer the fate of all those who spurn the floss for a few more minutes in bed: a set of removable teeth left to soak on a side table. For many, dentures are a source of embarrassment, especially given their associations with the elderly, but there is nothing they can do but sigh and wish that the past was undone.
Except, that’s not quite true anymore. There is something that can be done. Tooth implants look set to be the next big thing when it comes to dentistry, as they allow the recipients to repair the damage that they may have done to their teeth and restore a winning smile. Obviously, it’s best to opt for high quality implants because they offer a wide range of benefits over the cheaper brands. For a start, cost cutting implants will often lack the strength and flexibility of the more expensive brands, causing them to chip and snap when they come into contact with something really hard. Although this frailty would be a big worry, it’s nothing compared to the problems that could be caused by a rushed installation. At the very least, this would force the patient into a long treatment and recovery period, which is hardly desirable, but if fitted incorrectly, implants could cause nerve damage in the mouth and weaken the jawbone. By having the treatment, any customer is allowed to have another chance at getting great teeth, so it makes little sense to skimp and buy an inferior product just to save a little money. Top quality implants from an expert dentist are the only way to go here, and luckily the cost of treatment is very modest compared to the benefits that it can bring.
The only real question left to be answered is: how do they work, and why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Well they work by attaching synthetic teeth to your bones via a strong but delicate metal thread. They start by adding the implant into the jawbone, where it will bond via a process known as osseointegration. They then add a small metal peg to the fused implant, to give an external base for the new tooth. The final phase is where the dentist creates a prosthetic tooth and attaches it to the peg, giving the patient a firmly rooted new set of gnashers that are practically indistinguishable from the ones around them. The reason no one has attempted this before is because the process is one that requires the skills of an expert dentist and the most advanced modern technology to pull off. Securely anchoring the prosthetics is a real task in itself, especially if you want them to stay in for a decade or more. The technology that allows this life-changing treatment is still relatively new but tooth implants in London and other major cities are becoming increasingly common.
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