While teeth implants are among the most common of dental surgeries across North Sydney and the country at large, they aren’t new. In fact, the replacement of missing teeth has been occurring almost since the inception of dentistry, in one form or another.
Recently, a mummified body was unearthed in Northern Italy, of a gentile woman, dated back to nearly 13 000 years ago. In spite of her antiquity, her teeth still retained a bitumen implant. Similar finds have occurred on all the continents, with such varying replacements as stones, bones, animal teeth, and ivory discovered as replacements for lost teeth.
One of the reasons for the long-standing nature of the process is the breakdown of jawbone once a tooth has departed. Your teeth rest on your upper and lower jaws, and missing teeth leave a socket in the bone. When the tooth departs, the bone has nothing knit to, and it slowly degrades. This, over time, can lead to health problems, as well as altering the shape and look of your jawline.
Modern teeth implants in North Sydney incorporate a titanium screw, which is inserted into the jawbone. This substance is biologically benign, so the bone actually knits around the screw, securing it and shoring up the bone, as well. After six months, the screw is ready to bear the weight of the tooth, and your new tooth is installed, matched to the colour and look of the rest of your teeth.
This technology has advanced a long way since it’s earliest days, but it has lost none of its relevance. If there is a gap in your smile, KB Village Dental can help you.