Dental implants have been used by dentists for around 40 years. But the treatment hasn’t stood still, and the implant surgery of today is a huge evolutionary step forward from the original procedure.
It used to be the case that if someone didn’t have enough bone density in their jaw, they couldn’t have dental implants in Ealing. This is because the implant surgeons, such as those at Ikon Dental Suite, wouldn’t be able to fit the implant into the jaw without it cracking. However, around 20 years ago, developments in bone grafting techniques meant that it was possible to build up a patient’s bone density, so they could receive an implant.
Another development in the late 1990s that helped those with low bone density was zygomatic implants. These are longer than standard implants and fit into the cheekbone, so are only of use for implants in the upper arch. However, zygomatic implants mean that a patient with low bone density doesn’t need to go through grafts or sinus lifts to be fitted with dental implants in Ealing.
Computer-guided surgery improved the accuracy of implant surgery. CT scans were first introduced to dentistry in the late 80s and allowed dentist to observe the inner workings of the teeth and jaw in 3 dimensions for the first time.
By the turn of the 21st century, digital technology had advanced in a way that enabled implant surgeons to plan and place implants with a high level of accuracy. This work is carried out before surgery, making the procedure itself less risky and more precise.
Even dentures can now be stabilised with a set of smaller dental implants, 4-6 per arch. This opens up a world of possibility for denture wearers, meaning they can have permanently fixed teeth again, and eat whatever they like.
So, even if a patient has previously been told that dental implants in Ealing are not for them, it’s worth them getting a second opinion. Technology is advancing all the time and bringing these highly functional restorations to a wider range of people. There’s no upper age limit, all that’s needed is for the patient to be in good oral and overall health.Tags: dental care, dental health, Dentures, Oral Care