More and more people are looking forward to a much healthier old age, thanks to an amazing metal called titanium. This lightweight super-strong metal is what implants are made of. It’s in replacement hip joints, replacement knees, shoulders and replacement teeth, in the form of dental implants in Basingstoke.
Dental implants in Basingstoke are becoming the go-to replacement option for missing teeth and are available from various dentists, including Glenholme Dental.
Titanium’s biocompatibility was discovered in the 1950s by a Swedish scientist. The body treats it as a friendly substance and does not mobilise the immune system to reject it. In fact, the two get on so well that the bone tissue is encouraged to grow new tissue and blood vessels around the titanium to hold it in place, just what is needed for replacement tooth roots, which have to be securely anchored in order to cope with chewing forces of around 97kg or 200lbs.The process takes several weeks to complete and is called osseointegration.
Strong, healthy jaw
It is the presence of the artificial tooth roots that make for a healthy old age. There are two reasons for this:
Firstly, being able to eat properly means a wide and varied diet, which is important for nutrition, especially as people grow older and take longer to repair their bodies. Not having access to the right vitamins, minerals, enzymes and trace elements can lead to malnutrition, and associated diseases.
Secondly, having implants in the jaw means that the bone still receives the stimulation it needs from the vibrations of the teeth clacking together. This signals the bone cells to renew themselves, thus keeping the jawbone strong, dense, and healthy. With no vibrations coming into the jawbone, it receives the messages that this bit of bone is no longer needed and it starts to resorb the bone, sending the calcium to be used elsewhere in the body. And that’s how people get that sunken-faced, pointy-chinned look associated with old age, but in fact synonymous with not having teeth. Either way, it’s not a good look, and can be avoided with dental implants in Basingstoke.