When you lose your teeth, whether it’s one, a few or even all of them, what you really need is to be able to replace them with something that looks and acts like they did.
But getting artificial body parts that act like those we have lost is harder than one would think. It is really only in the last few decades that medical science has developed the know-how and the materials with which to recreate lost body parts.
One of the biggest problems has been getting the body to accept foreign materials into itself. The immune system is designed to attack and get rid of anything foreign, which, when we evolved, would be some kind of infection.
So, things took a massive step forward in the science of replacing body parts when a Swedish scientist discovered that the body responds to titanium like it is part of its own tissue. This is when replacing lost teeth took a big step forward and dental implants were born.
Now, having been around for more than 30 years, dental implants in Milton Keynes are most people’s first choice for replacing lost teeth.
This is because dental implants in Milton Keynes fuse with the jawbone, which grows new bone tissue all over them to anchor them in place. This anchoring gives the stability that teeth need in order to be able to withstand the powerful forces created by chewing, which can be more than 97kg or 200lbs. Dentures can only cope with about a quarter of that force, severely limiting people’s eating choices and excluding many nutritious, but crunchy or chewy foods.
Versatile dental implants in Milton Keynes
One implant can hold 2 crowns on a bridge and 2 implants can hold up to 4 crowns. This gives lots of versatility when it comes to replacing teeth. For example, it is possible to replace an entire arch of teeth on just 4-6 carefully placed implants, using a technique called All-On-4.
To find out more about dental implants in Milton Keynes, book a consultation with us at Northlight Dental.