When we lose one or more of our natural teeth, it can feel as if the bottom has fallen out of our world. It’s easy to think that life will never be the same again, but thanks to rapid advances in modern dentistry there is no need for tooth loss to be the devastating, life-changing event that it once was.
A lot of people who start to lose their natural teeth picture the struggle their grandparents had with loose dentures. It might have seemed funny as a child that grandma’s teeth wobbled when she talked and even sometimes fell out, but the thought of the same thing happening to you can be terrifying.
Fortunately, there is now a way of permanently replacing missing teeth that recreates all the stability and function of natural teeth. Dental implants make that possible, and at Dental Implants Bromley in Kent, these titanium tooth roots can be used in the vast majority of cases of tooth loss.
It’s easy to think that tooth loss is only an issue that affects people with a slap-dash attitude to oral hygiene. Whilst it is true that inadequate hygiene practises do still play a major role in gum disease and tooth decay – the leading causes of tooth loss – there are numerous other factors at play.
Dental phobia can make it impossible for people to even think of going to the dentist without having a debilitating panic attack. Conditions such as HIV that suppress the immune system, along with treatments such as chemotherapy, can increase the risk posed to oral and general health by toxins.
What’s more, even those of us with excellent oral hygiene can all too easily trip over a kerb, fall off our bike, or be involved in a road traffic accident that leads to one or more of our teeth being knocked out.
Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth no matter why you came to lose them. They are titanium posts placed in the jaw. After a healing period they will have integrated with the jaw bone to create a stable base for new teeth.
Conscious sedation is usually available, helping dental phobic patients get back to health with a new set of teeth.