Sooner or later, we all have some kind of problem with teeth that no longer serve us as well as they once did. Older teeth tend to deteriorate, crumble and fall and require dental intervention to save them, fill them, re-build them or replace them.
Fortunately, modern-day dentistry is a rapidly evolving science, with new techniques and materials being adopted every day. But old fears and anxieties still remain, even though we know that quick, efficient, near-painless, up-to-the-minute solutions are only a dentist’s chair away.
‘A dentist is a person who takes gold from your pocket and puts metal in your mouth.’ This definition from Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary is no longer really true: even though dental costs remain rather high, metal is slowly being superseded. Although metal is an alien substance for the body, it has been used for all manner of dental interventions for decades. It is strong, sturdy, durable, well-tolerated and it does not deform.
The down side of metal is that it corrodes, and it can even produce signs of wear on the tissue surrounding metal-treated teeth. Over time, various metals have been experimented, up to the near-perfect titanium which is practically corrosion-free. However, it is still metal, a material the body is not really happy with.
The new-entry on the dentistry scene is ceramics. The first dental implants appeared in the 1980’s. These were in two parts: the lower part which lodges in the gum and the upper part, the tooth, that screws into it. The lower fixtures were metal, and then, gradually, the top part, the actual tooth, became more and more ceramic. At first, it was the aesthetic results that dictated the use of ceramics. Then, over time, other virtues began to be apparent: its non-corrosive and non-allergenic characteristics make it the ideal material for dental implants.
Now, the world of dentistry is speedily developing technological and innovative solutions to all dental problems, with much on-going research, especially regarding the use of ceramics in dental implants. Modern-day implants are made with both upper tooth parts and lower fixtures completely in ceramics, using state-of-the-art techniques that leave no micro-gap for potential bacteria infiltration.
Having a perfect, white, durable ceramic tooth implanted in the gum to take the place of the missing one is by far the most satisfactory, and increasingly popular, way to bridge that gap. Aesthetically, ceramic dental implants free up your laughter capacity: you can throw your head back and laugh, scream or yawn widely, revealing white, even and good-looking teeth with no trace of metal.