Dental implants as we know them were invented and developed in the 1950s. Today they are considered the standard of care for tooth replacement. Unlike other restoration methods, dental implants do not merely sit on the gums, but act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth.
Dental implants are the most hard-wearing, long-lasting and lifelike form of tooth replacement, and dentists recommend them as a viable treatment for patients who have lost one, several or all of their teeth. Dental implants in Northern Ireland are readily available in many dental practices, including Blue Sky Dentistry. Success rates for dental implants are very high (close to 98%) and this is due to modern techniques and materials that have greatly improved the outcomes of dental implant placement over the years.
What Are Dental Implants?
As their name suggests, dental implants are implanted into the jawbone with a minor surgical procedure. Essentially, they are small, screw-shaped, titanium posts anchored into the jaw, below the gum line. Because titanium is compatible with the human body, the dental implants bond with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth such as crowns, dentures or bridges. Patients who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from a variety of treatment options, including denture stabilisation with dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants in Northern Ireland
Dental implants provide unique permanence and stability. Unlike conventional bridges, dental implants do not rely on healthy teeth to function properly nor do they require grinding them down. Similarly, unlike removable dentures, dental implants do not become loose over time because they permanently fixed into the mouth. Dental implants and the restorations they support feel, look and function just like natural teeth.
At the same time, replacement teeth supported by dental implants have the same biting and chewing power as natural teeth. More importantly, dental implants help maintain facial characteristics by preventing the bone lose that normally occurs after tooth loss. Missing teeth can change the face and cause premature ageing. Dental implants encourage the growth of bone tissue into the jawbone and reverse the effects of premature ageing.
In the long run, dental implants are most cost-effective, too. Unlike bridges and dentures, they are designed to last a lifetime with proper care.