As Good as The Real Thing

A dental implantOne of the great scientific discoveries of the 20th century was made by a Swedish scientist called Per Branemark. He discovered that the body just loves titanium, and from that came a whole new world of life-changing implants, including dental implants. In Watford, their benefits have been revitalising people who have lost some or all of their teeth.

Until the discovery of titanium as an implant material that was strong, lightweight and highly biocompatible, people who’d lost their teeth had to make do with replacement methods that could not fully mimic real teeth, or needed otherwise healthy teeth to be used to support them. Now, with dental implants in Watford, which are available from dentists such as Cassiobury Dental, people can enjoy artificial teeth that are as good as the real thing.

The implants look like tiny posts or screws. They usually have a rough surface. They are inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that is performed under local anaesthetic. There are far fewer nerve endings in the jaw, but, people who are daunted at the prospect of this procedure can also opt for sedation, either in tablet form, or straight into the bloodstream via the back of the hand.

Once the implants are in place, the titanium begins a rather miraculous process. Instead of the body rejecting it, the white blood cells racing to the site of invasion and swelling to try and get the alien invader out, something about titanium gets the body eager to wrap it in a permanent embrace. True love, it would appear. New bone tissue and blood vessels grow all over the surface of the implant.

This can take anything from two to six months, but once the process, known as osseointegration, is complete, the chances are that the implant will stay in place for the rest of the patient’s life. It will also be able to withstand chewing forces of up to 97kg or 200lbs, which is more than the force of the average male chew.

Dental implants in Watford can be used to stabilise dentures as well as replace lost teeth. The best way to find out more is to ask for a consultation.