Some people think that there is too much choice now in the world. Choosing the right shampoo, for example, can take hours as you weigh up the pros and cons of frizz removal versus colour brightener. There is also more choice in the world of tooth replacement: dentures, or bridges, or dental implants? How do you know which to go for?
Maybe it’s a good idea to come to see us at Dental FX in Glasgow and we can talk you through the different ways to replace missing teeth. One thing is for sure though, if you want stable teeth that don’t need to be replaced for at least 15 years, allow you to eat what you want and are easy to maintain, then you need to get dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts or screws, usually tapered like tooth roots, that are inserted into channels carefully sited in the jawbone to avoid nerves and blood vessels. They get their famous stability from the fact that titanium is highly biocompatible and the jawbone greets it like another body part and grows new bone and blood vessels all over it, thus fusing with it and holding it securely in place.
Dental implants are very versatile. One implant can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge, which means that you can fill a small gap without having to compromise the integrity of neighbouring teeth, as you have to with fixed bridgework.
Over the 30 or so years since dental implants first became available, dentists have experimented with ways to make them more versatile, and techniques to make them available to more people, those who would have once been told that their jawbones were not good enough for dental implants.
For example, extra-long implants can be inserted through the upper jaw and anchored into the cheekbone if there is not enough bone density in the upper jaw.
Also, All-on-4 is a technique that uses only 4-6 implants to anchor an entire arch of teeth. Nowadays, same day teeth means that you walk out the door after implant surgery with a set of temporary crowns already in place, so that you never have to be without teeth.