The Secret Behind Dental Implants

model of molar dental implantDental implants have proven to be an effective treatment over time and have been used increasingly in restorative dentistry. Dental implants are highly aesthetic but their secret is that they feel just like real teeth. How is that even possible?

Dental implants in Harley Street are available in dental practices, such as Harley Street Dental Clinic. They can be used either to replace single missing teeth or in combination with bridges and dentures for replacing multiple missing teeth. Technological innovations and advances in dentistry have made dental implants more accessible than ever – however, their secret of success lies in a simple bodily function that involves titanium and bone tissue.

What is osseointegration and how does it apply to dental implants?

The main characteristic of metal implants used for bone replacement in the body, is that they are made of titanium, a material that has some quite interesting and valuable properties. Titanium has the ability to fuse with bone tissue, gradually becoming a part of the body. Leonard Linkow was one of the first to experiment with titanium prosthetics in the jawbone in the 1950s and in the decade after dental implants were created.

Dental implants in Harley Street are embedded into the jawbone through a minor surgery that involves creating incisions in the gums for accommodating them. Once they are in place, a process known as ‘osseointegration’ takes place, allowing the dental implants to gradually fuse with the bone tissue in the jawbone. Over time, dental implants take the place of missing tooth roots and are ready to accommodate replacement teeth such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

Another important reason dentists use titanium implants for replacing missing teeth, is because titanium has a very low rejection rate. Titanium cannot corrode easily and that keeps the implants from corroding into the body. Even titanium allergies are very rare and complications related to dental implants tend to happen because of the presence of a different metal in the titanium alloy.

Overall, dental implants in Harley Street will completely restore all aspects of a patient’s missing tooth without doing any damage to the rest of the teeth.