If you’ve suffered tooth loss, you need to start considering tooth replacement options straight away. Every dentist will tell you that you need to replace your missing teeth one way or another, for the sake of your general as well as your dental health.
Tooth loss can be caused by untreated periodontal disease or dental decay, as well as through unfortunate accidents or injuries involving the head or face. Whatever the cause, it is best to address it as soon as possible, to protect your remaining teeth and your ability to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
Traditional tooth replacement options are dental bridges – for one or two teeth – partial dentures – for one to several teeth – and full dentures – for all the teeth in one or both jaws. All of these restorations will be made to look and function like natural teeth, and will be closely matched to the colour and appearance of your remaining teeth.
At Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes, a more long-term solution is favoured, in the form of dental implants. Implants are the only way a dentist can replace the root portions of the teeth, which is important both in keeping your false teeth in place and in preserving the ongoing health of your jaw bone.
A shrinking jaw bone is a common consequence of having many or all of your natural teeth missing in one or both jaws. It is the main reason traditional dentures become loose and difficult to use, and can also cause sagging of the jowls and alterations to the structure of your face – making you look a lot older than you are.
Uncomfortable dentures, failing natural teeth, or lack of any teeth at all can cause many problems with your ability to eat healthily. If eating becomes painful and more of a chore than a pleasure, you may find that your appetite disappears, and your body starts to suffer from lack of nutrients.
Dental implants, which are placed during minor oral surgery, help to keep the jaw bone strong and healthy. Crowns, a bridge, or dentures can be attached to the implants after healing, restoring both the appearance and functionality of natural teeth.