How Dental Implants Started?

The dental implant has revolutionised the way that your family dentist in Campbelltown is able to help our patients. By providing a firm, tough replacement for lost teeth, we can move away from dentures and their adhesives, and provide a long-lasting and permanent solution to lost teeth.

The History of Dental Implants

Over the course of human history, we have struggled to find a decent replacement method for missing teeth. Fossil records have come up with some remarkable finds: replacement teeth made of bone, shells, even primitive bitumen or iron. During the Napoleonic Wars, the teeth of dead soldiers were harvested for use back at home. However, apart from some very particular cases, they refused to bond to the jawbone on which they sat.

Dental implants have only been feasible for around thirty years or so, and their rise is due to the characteristics of a very special metal: titanium. This substance, unlike almost any other metal, is biocompatible, which means that when inserted in to bone, the bone actually grows around it. Stainless steel screws, conversely, are rejected by the bone. This means that the ‘seat’ of a dental implant, a titanium screw inserted in to the jawbone, actually becomes stronger as time passes.

This is important, and not only for that particular tooth. When a tooth is lost, it leaves behind an empty socket in the jawbone. With nothing there to stimulate bone growth, the bone will tend to recede – this is one of the reasons that the elderly, who are missing teeth, tend to lose definition to their jawline. But a dental implant actually encourages jawbone growth, and lets you preserve your bone density, and the look of your face, as you age.

Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, and can renew your confidence and your teeth’s functionality, all at once. Contact your family dentist in Campbelltown at Marketfair Dental Care to find out more.

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Nicolle Nash

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