In the grand old days of pioneering, it took a few cavaliers in the dental world to try out some radical ideas: some worked, some failed, some however were blighted with the tools they were using, even though the theory behind what they were doing was brilliant- dental implants are the perfect example of this. The idea of replacing tooth loss by screwing a small titanium spike into the jawbone to house a new tooth was an inspired one and it worked brilliantly. But the operation was extremely complex and the tools at hand quite draconian- scalpels and drills caused a lot of trauma to the gums and jawbone, and the stitching afterwards meant a long recovery period. Then a magical moment happened- technology. With the introduction of computers, lasers and new healing techniques into dental surgeries, the dental implant recognized its true potential and came of age. So much so, that having an implant today is as quick as having a filling. They are placed with pinpoint accuracy, whilst the laser does minimal damage to surrounding areas thus, enhancing the healing process: they are strong, better than your original tooth and root, less prone to disease and so good that they are considered to be the perfect answer to having to wear dentures. With the ease a dentist in central Leeds can carry out this treatment, thanks to the technology, a dental implant has gone from being an exclusive treatment to one that is available to all.