The journey of dental implants is an interesting one. Before dental implants in Coventry were a reliable solution to missing teeth, the story of implants stretches back centuries. The modern dental implant is a product of trial, error and hard work over the years to where we are now. We look back at the history and what they are, what they are made from and how it would benefit you. Are dental implants necessary? When you lose a tooth, it exposes the sides and surfaces of your neighbouring teeth that would otherwise have been covered. These irregular gaps are more difficult to clean and therefore plaque and bacteria can build-up quite quickly in these areas. With an untouched build-up, you could develop cavities and lose precious enamel as the bacteria gnaw away at your protective layers. Dental implants are necessary when protecting your teeth from decay because they re-cover those surfaces that otherwise would not be as open to bacterial interference. What are they made out of? Your teeth need to be able to withstand pressure from chewing, biting, and any general wear and tear, so of course you need your implants to be strong and sturdy. Your root will be made of titanium, which ensures a stable and reliable foundation for the crown. Your implant crown will be made of solid porcelain, which is not only strong but offers excellent cosmetic results, too. How do you place dental implants? Everyone’s treatment journey with dental implants is slightly different depending on how you heal and how many implants you require or would like. Your dental implant is fitted in two parts: the root, and the crown (the part that looks like the tooth). Your tooth implant root is made of titanium, a metal that has shown to fuse with the jawbone and heal into it, to create a sturdy foundation. Then, when the placement of your root has healed, we fit your crown. We don’t literally crown you, unless you bring your own accessories, but rather the dental crown is the part of the process that resembles the tooth. Once this is fitted, you have successfully had the correct form and function restored to your mouth whilst bettering your dental health! Are dental implants painful? The placement process itself isn’t painful. They are generally placed under local anaesthetic to minimise your discomfort. Where you may feel discomfort is as the titanium root heals, however your implant dentist will of course provide you with aftercare advice, arrange follow-up appointments to check how you’re healing, and recommend the best at-home cleaning and pain relief where and when appropriate. If you’re considering joining Coventry Road, we’d like to invite you to call us on 02476 312256 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to arrange an appointment.