People have been trying to figure out ways to replace teeth for thousands of years, according to archaeologists. They have found jawbones with pieces of jade and shell that have been hammered in to replace teeth. And in some cases, these materials have fused with the bone. These days, titanium has replaced stone and shell in the form of dental implants in Leeds, and the term for that fusion is called osseointegration.
This is the key to the success of dental implants in Leeds. Titanium encourages the growth of tissue around it, both bone cells and blood vessels. This anchors the implants in place, once they have been by inserted by dentists such as those at Enhance Dental.
What to expect
Osseointegration takes a while to happen, usually several weeks. During the time, the patient can carry on as normal after the first few days following implant surgery. Immediately after surgery, patients are advised to stay in bed for a day and take over-the-counter painkillers. But the pain passes and the swelling goes down relatively quickly. Healing can take longer if the patient has been a heavy smoker, or has uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. In fact, dentists often won’t treat current smokers or those with type 2 diabetes because they so radically reduce the chances of successful osseointegration. This is essential. Chewing exerts forces of up to 200lbs or 97kg, so it is very important that the dental implants can withstand this.
Fortunately, in Leeds dental implants have a success rate of over 98%. Once they are securely in place, the patient can return to have their custom-made crowns fitted. These are crafted from colour-matched porcelain that is sized and shaped to blend in with the patient’s remaining teeth. Each implant can support up to 3 teeth.
Dentists have also developed techniques to use dental implants to hold dentures in place. This is called denture stabilisation. Patients can often have their own dentures adapted or can have new ones made. Dentures can be supported on as few as 2 implants for the lower jaw, and between 4 and 6 for the upper jaw.