Dental Implants – Then and Now

Nowadays when we think of dental surgeries and dental procedures we conjure images of pristine, gleaming surgeries where hygiene and patient care is top of the agenda. Things such as dental implants were ever so slightly different a few hundred years ago.

Barbers and Blacksmiths

Back in the thirteenth century if you had problems with your teeth then you’d see a barber or ‘barber-surgeon’. If you were lucky then you might be treated by someone with basic training, the less fortunate would more likely endure treatment that left a lot to be desired. History also refers to blacksmiths carrying out extractions and a whole range of mythical and somewhat dubious cures evolved through folklore. Some rather gruesome instruments, rather more resembling instruments of torture than our modern day equivalents, were used to extract teeth. The brutal nature of such extractions could rip more than just a tooth out with some traumatised patients left recovering from a broken jaw or severely damaged gums.

Thankfully science and medicine were continually developing and by the 19th-century dentistry was a bit more recognisable with dentist chairs, dental drills, dental schools and even toothpaste in a tube!

The Development of Teeth Implants

There is evidence of humans replacing teeth with a variety of objects including carved stone and precious gems even in ancient history. It was only in the 1950s that it was discovered that titanium could fuse to bone, a process known as osseointegration. Prior to the development of titanium implants, dentists had tried other forms of implant including various methods of using implanted structures to permanently stabilise dentures. The success rate of such implants was poor compared to the modern-day titanium implant. The titanium root of modern implants actually stimulates bone molecules to fuse to the thread of the implant. This fusion between the root of the implant and the jawbone is what makes titanium dental implants so stable and allows the implant to function very much like a normal tooth.

Dental Implants Today

With the advancement of science the prevention of dental problems has become much more effective and the capacity to perform pain-free procedures thankfully now the norm. Here at the Centre for Implant Dentistry, we use advanced 3D digital imaging to look carefully at your jaw bone from every possible angle. We then use this imaging technique to decide what the best course of treatment is for each individual. We use the same system to plan and carry out dental procedures with meticulous accuracy meaning we can avoid delicate nerves and blood vessels.

Our dental implants are designed and made using CAD/CAM technology and 3D printing to optimise a precise fit and achieve a seamless smile. Dental implants are the preferred choice for many patients who are fed up of dentures moving around, rubbing gums and even restricting the types of food they can eat. They are also a popular alternative to getting a dental bridge, treatment for a bridge usually involves cutting down other teeth which may be healthy whereas implants do not require such measures. In some cases, dental implant work can even be completed on the same day with ‘Instant Same Day Teeth’ making the process even quicker.

The Future of Dental Implants and Dentistry

In a galaxy far, far away….well OK, not quite. However, dental implants in Glasgow could look very different in the future. With advances in science seeing laboratories growing tissues it could just be a matter of time until we see dentists being able to replace broken, damaged or missing teeth with an implant which is in fact a real tooth grown in a laboratory. If the future of medical science interests you then you should visit he Hunterian Museum in Glasgow which showcases the latest research from the University of Glasgow.

If you would prefer to see a professional dentist rather than a blacksmith about your broken, damaged, discoloured or missing teeth then call us now on 0141 772 2841 to arrange a free consultation.

Dental Implants – Then and Now

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