Where to find us
Bromley is London’s most south-easterly borough, and houses many hidden wonders. A historic market town, first recorded as ‘Bromleag’ which translates as ‘woodland clearing where broom grows’. The town has a deeply rooted association with the literary world, and was mentioned in Jane Austin’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Today however, Bromley is a large town with all the amenities one may expect to find within a 21st century settlement of its size. These include numerous award-winning restaurants and eateries, numerous high-street shopping outlets, and some of the country’s most highly respected dental practices. For those who are seeking dental implants in Bromley, they can rest assured that the practitioners within the area will meet their needs with the highest possible standard of excellence and professionalism available.
Filling the gaps in dental implant history
Throughout the ages, humanity has constantly focused on maintaining a full set of teeth, and replacing missing ones when lost. As far back as 2000 BC, bamboo pegs were used by ancient Chinese people to replace missing teeth, and throughout the ages, various civilisations and cultures have made use of the materials afforded to them to bridge gaps in patients’ mouths when teeth have been lost. Throughout the 18th century, there was an increased focus on utilising gold and alloys as dental implants, however the results yielded no success. The reason for these procedures being unsuccessful was down to the human body’s rejection of the foreign material the implant was created from. However, this all changed in 1952 when an orthopaedic surgeon hypothesised the use of titanium as a method for successful fusion – after experimenting with a rabbit femur, and observing successful fusion. This was pivotal in the development of the dental implant, as it spurred on Dr Branemark to conduct the first successful titanium dental implant procedure in 1965.
From this point, titanium became the number one material used throughout dental implant procedures, and the methodologies quickly developed into the feats of precision engineering that are utilised worldwide today. The process of undertaking a contemporary dental implant procedure initially consists of a small hole being drilled into the patient’s mouth, in the space where their missing teeth or tooth would be. Thereafter, a titanium screw is inserted into the hole, and left to fuse with the bone tissue within the patient’s jaw. After a brief healing period, a replica tooth constructed from porcelain or plastic is then screwed into the socket, and thus the patient’s teeth are restored. Replacements of this nature are far more sturdy than conventional dentures or crowns, as they are fused to the patient’s jawbone, and thus are firmly fixed in place. This procedure is considered to be the most advanced method available, and has a 95% long-term success rate.
Why treatment is right for you
Patients who undertake dental implant procedures such as these do so as they can often suffer from a knocked sense of self-esteem and confidence from having missing teeth. Treatment of this nature however, affords them the ability to smile without any fear or embarrassment, as everyone ought to be able to.