Dental implants are an increasingly popular treatment amongst our Leeds patients who are missing more than one tooth, but at the moment this procedure does have limitations. Dental implants can be unsuitable for people who smoke, for diabetics or for people who have had cancer. They may also be unsuitable for people with osteoporosis, or for anyone who has bone deficiencies. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, and these conditions can make it more difficult for the titanium post to integrate fully with the bone creating a strong enough bond to support a restoration.
However now researchers in Castellón have come up with a new type of implant coating that is made of biodegradable material and which is aimed specifically at people who have bone deficiencies. These specially coated implants give enhanced biocompatibility and increase the rate of osseointegration. Osseointegration is the process whereby the titanium post fuses with the jawbone, creating a strong and stable base upon which the final crown, dental bridge or denture can be secured.
Apparently this new implant covering is biodegradable and when it comes into contact with bone dissolves during the degradation process, releasing bioactive molecules and silicone compounds that help stimulate the bone to grow around the implant. This technology is completely different from the methods currently being used. At the moment the titanium posts used for dental implants are specially treated to roughen the surface, increasing the surface area and therefore the likelihood of integration with the bone. At the moment this new technology is still being tested and has yet to receive a full clinical evaluation. It will be several years before it is a marketable product but it does show the types of improvements that are being made in dental technology.
If You Have Lost a Tooth and Then Ask Leeds City Dentalcare about Dental Implants
Although some people are unsuitable for dental implants, it’s the ideal solution for many and you can find out if it’s the right course of action for you simply by booking a consultation with Dr David Brown or another of our dentist at Leeds surgery. Properly planned and placed dental implants have an extremely high success rate, but they do require patients to look after them correctly and it’s vital to have a good daily oral care routine. The procedure for placing dental implants is really quite straightforward, especially if you are in good oral health and don’t have any other existing health conditions that may affect implant placement.
Dental Implants are Ideal for Stabilising Dentures
Implants are the best and most natural way of replacing single missing tooth, but are especially good for stabilising loose dentures. We do find quite a lot of our Leeds patients struggle with wearing full dentures, especially if they lost their teeth quite some time ago. This is particularly true for lower dentures as the bony ridge that used to support the teeth is gradually reabsorbed and becomes flatter and less retentive. Lower dentures may be able to be stabilised with relatively few dental implants making this a cost effective option that is within reach of many people. Stable dentures can increase confidence, and can mean better nutrition as it is easier to eat a much wider range of foods. If you currently struggle with dentures then it is well worth asking Leeds City Dentalcare about this option as it may be more affordable than you imagine.