Over the past few decades, the cosmetic dentistry industry has grown exponentially. Several factors have contributed to this phenomenal growth of the industry. These advances themselves have allowed for the development of cosmetic dentistry procedures which look, feel, and act more like natural teeth than ever before.
These advances have, in turn, given patients more options than ever before. This emergence of different options has given the cosmetic dentistry market more of a “consumer culture”, where, due to the number of options available, patients can really take their time and shop around to find what fits them best, instead of making a snap decision. This has been reflected in the growing number of patients who are having cosmetic dentistry.
One of the key developments which has resulted in this industry growth is the development of dental implants. Through the work of the Centre for Implant Dentistry, these developments have come to Glasgow. I am going to map out what dental implants are, how they work, what they’ve contributed to the industry, and what the future of cosmetic dentistry is likely to look like for you, the consumer.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth whose design is based on that of a natural tooth. A natural tooth has two parts; the crown, which is the visible part that sits above the gums, and the root, which sits below the gum.
When a dental implant is made, the crown part is constructed to look, and feel, like a natural tooth. This is not only so that it will fit in seamlessly alongside your other teeth, but so that it will function just like a natural tooth, too.
Dental implants replicate a natural tooth – the “root” stimulates the bone molecules to attach themselves to the titanium thread of the implant.
This process, which is called osseointegration, creates an absolutely stable foundation for the artificial crown — the implant — to be placed upon. If taken care of properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.
When Are Dental Implants used?
Dental implants are most commonly used in instances where teeth need to be replaced — normally due to a breakage or the loss of a tooth. Due to the way in which dental implants are inserted, they can be used if only a single tooth needs to be replaced, or if more extensive work needs to be done on a patient’s teeth, involving the replacement of multiple teeth.