Finding a way to replace teeth when natural teeth have fallen out through accident or overuse, has been one of dentistry’s main quests since the Egyptian era. An innovative Egyptian dentist came up with the first dental implant around 1000BC. It consisted of a copper peg attached to a false tooth. However, because our bodies naturally defence system, eventually all such attempts failed. The failures continued until 1952 when a solution was finally stumbled upon.
Thanks to an orthopaedic surgeon and a rabbit’s femur, the incredible biocompatibility of titanium was discovered. Titanium isn’t rejected by the body. In fact, bone bonds to its surface and soft tissue grows happily around it, as bind weed grows on a fence. It meant metal screws could be placed in the jawbone, creating the first ever viable dental implant. In Melbourne today, dentists such as High Dental Implants Melbourne can provide this treatment to their patients as a routine minor surgery and tooth replacement treatment.
Dental implants revolutionising crowns
In Melbourne, dental implants are now available to anyone who’s lost teeth. Jawbones and gum health are essential for good fusion of the bone with the surface of the titanium screw. Anyone who’s wanting dental implants needs to be assessed, with the dentist looking at any gum or jawbone issues to find out if preparatory work would need to be carried out beforehand. However, once any such work is completed, the process is straightforward.
Firstly, a crown, denture or bridge will be created that colour matches the surrounding teeth. During a simple surgery, usually under local anaesthetic, a small hole will be made in the jawbone and the implant will be put in place. Over the following 2-6 months, the gum and jawbone will need to heal. Once the bone has bonded to the implant and the gums are healed the tooth replacement will be fitted.
There is no reason for the crown, denture or bridge to be removed. Cleaning can be conducted as part of normal brushing and flossing, combined with regular visits to the dentist in Melbourne. Dental implants are a perfect bond of science and invention creating real life solutions to tooth loss.