Putting on a brave face
As one can imagine, those who suffer from missing teeth or have large gaps within their mouths can often find it difficult to put on a brave face. Having missing teeth can often lead to a detrimental effect on a person’s social well-being and self-confidence. This, in turn, can lead to them smiling less, out of fear or anxiety – which, as you may expect, can often lead to a great deal of worry and discomfort. Additionally to this, having large gaps within your mouth can lead to further damage to surrounding teeth and structural issues arising which often require a great deal of treatment. This in turn can often be expensive and time consuming. It is for this reason that a large number of people are seeking out dental implants in Herefordshire, to replace missing teeth and restore their ability to smile confidently again.
A whole lot of history
As far back as 2000BC, rudimentary dental implants constructed from bamboo pegs have been found within ancient Chinese skulls. Other examples of ancient implants have been found containing bone from animals or rare minerals. Whilst this may sound grizzly and crude by modern standards, it is interesting to note that there has always been a focus on having a full and whole set of teeth. Throughout the following thousand years, there was a continual updating and refinement of dental implants, with each generation making use of the materials and techniques made available throughout each time period. One of the main advances in the progression of dental implants did not come about until 1952, when an orthopaedic surgeon first observed the unique qualities of titanium within bone fusion. Prior to this, there had been several unsuccessful attempts at using other materials to fuse with human bone tissue. However, after witnessing titanium fuse within the bone of a rabbit in 1952, the notion of utilising titanium within the dental implant procedure was hypothesised, and first successfully undertaken in 1965 by Branemark, an orthopaedic surgeon.
Bridging the gaps
Since Branemark’s breakthrough in 1965, the dental implant procedure has advanced drastically. Today, the process of undertaking dental implants initially consists of a consultation period, during which the extent of the treatment that is required will be detailed and the basis of the treatment will be explained in great detail. Only when the patient feels comfortable with the undertaking will the actual procedure begins. The initial stage of the dental implant process consists of a small hole being drilled into the area of a patient’s mouth – in the space where their missing tooth or teeth ought to be. Thereafter, a titanium socket is inserted and left to heal. During this healing period, the unique qualities of titanium allows it to fuse within the bone of the patient’s jaw – which results in the socket being firmly, permanently in place. After this healing period, a replacement, prosthetic tooth is then fixed in place, and thus the gap is bridged with a virtually indestructible good-as-new tooth which will last for years. Treatment of this nature can have a massively positive effect on the self-esteem and confidence of those who require it, as it restores their ability to smile without fear or embarrassment, as everyone ought to be able to do.