We often assume our teeth will last throughout our lifetime, but unfortunately this is not always the case. For many years humans have attempted to find an ideal replacement for natural teeth. Ancient dental implants have even been traced back to as far back as 600AD. Tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered directly into the jawbones during the Mayan civilisation. Thankfully, dentistry has changed and evolved greatly since this time and modern dental implants are a clinically proven solution to overcoming tooth loss.
Tooth loss can cause difficulty with eating and chewing. Missing teeth within the areas where teeth show when you smile can also have a significant effect on your appearance and self-confidence. Removable and fixed dentures are common remedies for missing teeth. They have their pros and cons but dental implants are now proving to be more successful and long-lasting than these other alternatives. This is why implant treatment is available at dental practices across Kent, including at Staplehurst Dental.
The treatment process
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed directly into the jawbone to replace single missing teeth or even multiple missing teeth. Bone tissue has an affinity for titanium and over time your jawbone will fuse seamlessly with the titanium surface. This process takes 3 to 6 months to occur.
How long do they last?
Dental implants have been a predictable and viable option for replacing missing teeth for over 30 years. Numerous dental professionals consider them the most effective treatment for replacing missing teeth. Much like your natural teeth, dental implants will last for years on end if they are cared for correctly. Their longevity relies on a dental hygiene routine to keep them in good condition. With regular maintenance, they can last a lifetime.
Dental implants function just like natural teeth and can be maintained in exactly the same way as natural teeth too. Other benefits include preventing further bone loss in the jaw, which often occurs after tooth loss, and the ability they give you to eat whatever you want again. What’s more the results are longer lasting than other tooth replacement options.