Dentist holding dental implant modelTelevision first came on the scene in the late 1920s. It would be another 30 years before it became commonplace in people’s homes. The first mobile phone appeared in the early 1970s. Again, it took around 30 years before it became more common than not to own one. Innovations take time to trickle down to society and become widely used. Dental implants in South Yorkshire are no different. They’ve been around for over 40 years but only in the last decade or so have they become a popular choice for patients who have missing teeth.

Dental practices offering dental implants in South Yorkshire, such as PDC Dental Implants, have long known about their benefits and now, thanks to continued advances in dental technology, can offer dental implants to more patients than ever before.

Standard Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone, where they act as artificial tooth roots. Replacement teeth can then be attached on top, providing a complete restoration of the missing teeth, which is not possible with dentures or bridges, as these only replace the crown.

All-On-4

Dental implants are not only used to replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row. They can also be used to replace an entire jaw of teeth. What’s more, today this is possible using just 4 dental implants in a technique called All-on-4. Placement of the implants is carefully planned such that the positions and angles at which they go in enable them to securely support a full arch of teeth.

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Zygomatic Implants

Dental implants require a strong jawbone to take root in. For patients who have already lost jawbone density, this can make the placement of standard dental implants difficult. With zygomatic implants, even patients who have lost jawbone density can have implants placed in their upper jaw. This is because zygomatic implants are longer and secure themselves into the cheekbone.

Dental research continues to push the boundaries of implant technology, which means the future of dental implants in South Yorkshire is sure to be bright. Patients interested in dental implants today should speak to an implant dentist to find out what kind of treatment will work best for them.