Tooth loss doesn’t just affect the older generation. It can happen at any stage of life and for all manner of reasons. The most important thing to remember is that missing teeth can and should be replaced, enabling you to get back to enjoying your quality of life without having to worry about missing teeth getting in the way.
Whether you have lost teeth through gum disease, dental decay, accident or injury, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible to talk about tooth replacement options. These can include dentures and bridges, but the only long-term solution to tooth loss is dental implants.
Bow House in Hertfordshire offers dental implant treatments to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth. Contacting the dentist immediately after tooth loss occurs makes the implant treatment procedure simpler and less expensive, and means you will be back to full oral health in a matter of months.
A dental implant is a titanium tooth root that is placed in your jaw during minor oral surgery. Local anaesthetic is usually all that is required for this procedure, because implant placement is intricately planned using the latest 3D computer imaging technology prior to surgery, so it’s fairly quick and simple from a patient’s point of view. However, dental sedation can be used for patients who are nervous or struggle to keep their mouth open for long periods.
As soon as implants are in position, they begin to integrate with the jaw bone. This takes a few months to fully complete, after which permanent new teeth – a single crown, a bridge, or dentures – are then attached to abutments on top of the implants to restore natural action and appearance.
You will need to look after you dental implants and new teeth – brushing your teeth at least twice a day and visiting your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis. As long as you follow aftercare instructions carefully, your new teeth will last for many years with none of the problems associated with traditional dentures.
Your new teeth will appear so natural that many people won’t know they aren’t the real thing.