An increasing number of British people are opting for dental implants in a bid to keep their teeth looking great.
New figures have shown that the number of implants fitted in patients since 2008 has more than tripled, surprising dentists who expected to see a decline during the recession.
It was suggested that Britons may be opting to pay slightly more in the short term and have the benefit of long-lasting treatment rather than go for a quick fix that may not remain in place for as long.
Dr Bruno Silva, a dental surgeon and implant specialist in Brighton who released the figures, said: “We have noticed a big increase in patients having implants.”
Dental implants are typically guaranteed for 15 to 20 years, whereas crowns and dentures will often require further corrective work.
Earlier this month, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry also noted an increase in the number of dental implants being put in for patients in the US.