Advances in dental technology mean that losing a tooth is no longer the end of the world. There are many ways to replace your missing teeth, creating a realistic function and action so that you can continue to eat healthily and smile happily.
If you have recently lost a tooth it is vitally important to visit a dentist for an effective replacement as soon as possible. Knocking out a tooth is a medical emergency, whilst failing to address any type of tooth loss will lead to further complications in the not too distant future.
Having a gap in your smile can cause a chain reaction of events that could harm the rest of your natural teeth. The additional strain on your remaining teeth after losing a single tooth could easily cause to further damage and, eventually, further tooth loss. Gaps in your smile also increase the chances of developing gum disease, which can lead to further health issues.
Broadway Dental Clinic in Loughton offers a number of solutions to tooth loss, including dental bridges and traditional dentures. However, for a long-term solution that is realistic in terms of both aesthetic appearance and action, dental implants are the best choice.
Dental implants offer a very stable and sustainable solution for tooth loss which, with proper aftercare, can last you for life. The procedure involves a minor operation, which most people only need local anaesthetic for and which is often reported as being much more bearable than having a tooth extracted.
A dental implant is a titanium post or screw which is inserted directly into the jaw bone and left for a period of time to integrate with the bone tissue. Because titanium is osteoconductive, new bone material and blood vessels will grow up around the implant.
Once the implant has integrated with the surrounding bone, permanent new teeth will be attached to abutments on top of the implants. This will be a new set of custom-made dentures in cases of denture stabilisation, whilst bridges and crowns can also be used in other circumstances.
In a matter of months you could go back to enjoying the same quality of life you had before losing a tooth/teeth.