A flick of a switch and on goes the lights. A simple act that belies the amount of technology behind it: electricity grids, meters, cabling, fuse boxes and more. Take a closer look at some of life’s essentials and they turn out to be built on years of technological advances. Take your teeth for example, lose any and you’ll likely get them replaced with dental implants in Birmingham. After all, they are the most reliable method of tooth restoration and they get you back to full oral function, which is essential if you want to enjoy a varied diet. Dental implants are the culmination of several leaps forward in dental technology.
At Sutton Implant Clinic, we understand how transformative treatment with dental implants in Birmingham can be and how none of it would be possible without several innovations, 2 of which come mind in particular, as you’re about to find out.
Innovation in the implants themselves
Before dental implants in Birmingham came along, bridges and dentures were the only way to replace missing teeth. This meant relying on the gums or neighbouring teeth to keep the artificial teeth in place, which as you’d expect, meant certain food items were forever off the menu for those who had these restorations in place.
And then in the late 1970s, Swedish physician Per-Ingvar Brånemark changed all that with his revolutionary work into a process called osseointegration. His research uncovered that the metal titanium could fuse with bone. This is the basis of successful dental implant treatment. Dental implants are made of titanium and when placed into the jawbone, they encourage new bone tissue to grow in and around them. This is what holds them firmly in place and gives patients’ replacement teeth a level of stability that is unmatched by other tooth replacement options.
Technology in the treatment
Treatment with dental implants in Birmingham at our practice is carefully planned out using 3D imaging technology. Advances in both computer software and imaging technology together allow us to capture your jawbone from every angle possible, creating a 3D reconstruction on the computer, which we can study in detail. This significantly improves accuracy and precision when it comes to placing your dental implants.