There are few problems with your teeth which have quite the same catastrophic impact as when one of them is lost. Whether it’s due to decay and disease, accident or extraction, the gap in your smile which is left behind when a tooth goes can have a huge effect upon the rest of your life. The first impact of such a loss is the obvious aesthetic one. A gap in your teeth will look unpleasant, will create the impression that you’re the kind of person who doesn’t really look after themselves and will lead to you feeling self-conscious, especially when meeting new people. Whether it’s true or not, you’ll feel like everyone is staring at the gaping hole every time you open your mouth, and this will lead to you withdrawing and failing to fully express your personality. Other impacts of missing teeth include the way it can alter your speaking voice and the fact that the gap will prove to be something of a magnet for bacteria and food debris, thus increasing your chances of developing decay in the adjacent teeth. In the long term, these adjacent teeth may even begin to shift in an effort to fill the gap, and this movement will lead to an alteration in the basic shape of your face. For all these reasons it’s vital that you have the gap filled, and dental implants in London or throughout the UK represent the best solution to the problem. An implant is a method for dealing with missing teeth which replaces both the root of the tooth in question and the crown, meaning that the replacement is secure and permanent to a degree which few other treatments can boast. The root is replaced with a small titanium pin which is mounted in the jaw bone. Over time this pin will actually grow into the bone, thus becoming permanently attached to the body. When this process is complete, a custom made porcelain crown will be attached to the pin, thus replacing the missing tooth in a manner which matches perfectly with the rest of your teeth. If looked after properly, there’s no reason why an implant shouldn’t last just as long as a natural tooth, and it will place no limits on your diet or activities. One of the key aspects of your dental health which has to be monitored before an implant can be placed is the condition of your jaw bone. If the bone has worn away or become too weak or degraded, the implant won’t be secure and your dentist may not feel able to press ahead. At the moment, your dentist may offer to get round this problem by offering bone grafts, but the future of dental implants may offer an alternative method. Scientists at UCLA and the NanoCarbon Research Institute in Japan have discovered that one of the by-products of diamond mining could be used to help deliver proteins to the jawbone, thus strengthening the bone and increasing the success rate of any implants delivered. The by products are known as nanodiamonds and are microscopically small spheres of diamond which scientists discovered are ideal for delivering proteins into the jaw bone in order to encourage the re-growth of the bone. The scientists believe that the nanodiamonds could be delivered via a small injection or even through the use of an oral rinse. Although research is in its’ early stages, scientists hope that nanodiamonds could greatly increase the number of people able to have dental implants as well as making sure that the implants which are carried out are even stronger and longer lasting.