Dental research

We have quite a big project going on at work at the moment, it has made me look at Dentistry in more detail and surprise, surprise start to question my own teeth health. Maybe to my detriment, I've just never been that vain or bothered about my teeth and their care. It's probably been down to the motorbike crash I had 12 years ago that saw me break my jaw - it's now got pieces of metal plate in it. I've been back on a bike since but never replaced it and although go for regular check ups always take the minimal fuss route to aftercare for my teeth.

I'm currently learning all about dental implants rather than the less expensive and frankly Dickensian plates still available; apparently there are ten things you should know about implants:

1. Dental implants have been around since the mid 1960's.
2. A dental implant fuses to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
3. Dental implants preserve bone mass and prevent bone loss
4. Most dental implants are made of titanium.
5. Dental implants have special surface textures to allow them to heal.
6. Dental implants are not painful.
7. Some dental implants require no healing time and others require 3 - 6 months.
8. Bone and gum can be rebuilt to have dental implants.
9. Dental implantology is a highly specialised field. Choose a dentist that does both the surgery and makes the teeth.
10. You wont set off airport metal detectors

And you know what, there is a real art to it - not just the tooth shaping but the whole process from start to finish - who thought there was creativity in teeth (and gum care?!

A couple of mentions: Chris Barrow and the team at Whitecross, working with these guys is opening my eyes to whole new world... oh and better teeth!

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