Dental implants were introduced in the 1960s and since then they have transformed dentistry completely. Like many great discoveries, the discovery of titanium implants by Per-Ingvar Brånemark was quite coincidental. When unable to remove the titanium parts that he had implanted in the legs of rabbits, Brånemark realised that titanium has the ability to fuse with the human bone tissue, a biological function that was later labelled as ‘osseointegration’.
Eventually, dentists started experimenting with dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth. Nowadays, dental implants have evolved in many ways, and they can be used in a variety of dental situations with high success. Thanks to the unique properties of titanium, dental implants in South Yorkshire, such as those at PDC Dental, are strong and stable once they have fully integrated with the jawbone.
How has the anatomy of dental implants changed?
Over the years, dentists have learnt a lot about the surface characteristics of dental implants. Initially, dental implants had a smooth design, but bones attach better to roughened surfaces, which led to changes in the design of the dental implant surface. As a result, the process of osseointegration is now much shorter due to specially designed dental implants in South Yorkshire and elsewhere.
Immediate loading dental implants
Immediate single or multiple dental implants in South Yorkshire are a relatively new invention and have been used by dentists successfully to replace missing teeth. This process involves the provision of dental implants from root to crown during a single appointment with the dentist. This helps patients transition from removable restorations such as dentures or bridges to fixed and sturdy restorations.
In recent years, much effort has also been put into the appearance of dental implants. Treatment strategies are carefully planned to ensure that patients receive the best care possible and that their implant-restored teeth look as natural as possible. Crowns are created with high quality materials such as porcelain.
The future of dental implants
The dental implant industry is constantly expanding, new methods are put to the test and prices become more affordable. Advances in implant dentistry will allow more and more people to take advantage of this innovative and effective treatment.