Six decades of dental implant technology has given us an excellent product. Here’s why.
As we write this blog, the rescue services have yet to recover the sunken helicopter in Blacksod Bay and the nation is still praying for the rescue of the final two crew members of R116. Worse still, a new tragedy has emerged with the loss of a helicopter from Britain on its way to Dublin.
Inevitably, at a time like this, questions are raised as to the safety of helicopter technology. This is absolutely appropriate, but it is also something of a knee-jerk reaction. The truth, of course, is that air travel in general – including helicopter travel – is much, much safer than road travel, for example.
But when things go wrong in the air, it follows that the consequences will be very, very serious. This should not blind us, however, to what a wonderful gift we enjoy in the form of air travel.
It took a long time for the arrival of the modern-day helicopter. Early drawings by DaVinci seem to herald a flying machine powered by a rotor, but it was only in 1942 that Igor Sikorsky reached full-scale production of a commercially viable model.
Today, 75 years on, we take helicopters for granted not just as an invaluable rescue vehicle, but also as a way of expediting short commutes, accessing remote areas, carrying out relief work and a host of other important uses.
So despite the unbelievable sadness of the events that have unfolded in Blacksod Bay, we should give thanks that we live in an age of such technological advancement.
We see this phenomenon in our own industry too. Techniques that would have been unheard of not so long ago are now working minor miracles every day for patients all around the globe.
By way of example, the dental implant existed as a concept centuries ago, but it was only in the 1950s that Leonard Linkow started to insert titanium and a range of other metals into the jawbone. These then acted as the anchoring point for artificial teeth.
Since then, the treatment has grown steadily in popularity. Today, it is more or less the go-to solution by dentists to the problem of missing teeth. And with this growing popularity, the process has become much more streamlined – and much more affordable.
These days, the typical tooth implant cost is well within the price range of ordinary people. And if they need multiple implants, they can choose to spread their costs across three months, six months or nine months, by availing of our 0% Dental Finance Plan.
The investment in your smile makes excellent sense, as the treatment should last you a lifetime once you take care of your new implants in accordance with our recommendations. It's not difficult – you just brush and floss as normal and your implants will do absolutely fine.
If you have a gap in your smile that you're not happy with, maybe it's time you dropped in to us for a chat and a quotation for what the treatment will cost you. And in the meantime, if you want to find out a bit more about this important topic, here’s an excellent starting point - http://www.deardoctor.com/inside-the-magazine/issue-21/dental-implant-maintenance/