Dental Implants Pretoria
Dental implants are titanium screw-like structures that are inserted into the jaw bone to replace natural tooth roots. They are a good option for anyone who is missing a tooth or teeth and is looking for a permanent solution that will not affect any of their existing teeth.
The History Of Dental Implants
It might surprise you to learn that dental implants date back to the Mayan civilisation, more than 1300 years ago. While not as sophisticated as our methods today, the Mayans still developed their own form of procedure, replacing lost teeth with pieces of shell. Thankfully, the technology has come a long way since then, and there are relatively few people walking around Melbourne with pieces of shell imbedded in their jaws!
Dental implants have been made from titanium since the late 1960s. Researchers have been investigating the possibility of manufacturing from ceramic materials such as zirconia. Zirconia is the oxide of zirconium, a metal close to titanium and with similar properties. Zirconia has been used in orthopedic surgery for many years and has the aesthetic advantage of being the same colour as teeth. However, long-term clinical data is required before zirconia can be recommended for use in daily practice, so don’t expect to see anyone with zirconia studded smiles walking around Pretoria just yet.
I Love My Smile’s qualified team performs a wide range of treatments for clients from all around Pretoria. In our fully equipped surgery, we carry out dental implants and other procedures such as teeth bleaching, crowns, veneers, and bridges.
With our team of experienced dental practitioners, you know that your teeth are in the best hands in Pretoria when it comes to tooth replacement surgery. For more information call 012 348 0665 or enquire online.