A whole lot of problems
Having a missing tooth, or teeth, can be the cause of a great deal of stress and discomfort for many. Those who are missing teeth can often find it to have a detrimental effect on their self-esteem, as they no longer have the confidence to smile freely at the risk of exposing large or unsightly gaps within their mouths. In addition to this, there are also numerous long-term negative health effects that having untreated missing teeth can have on patients, and it is for this reason that a growing number of people are seeking out further information about the process of dental implants in Bromley.
Putting on a brave face
Whilst a rising number of new patients are seeking out further information around the dental implant process, it is still estimated that a staggering 27 million British people have at least one missing tooth. Many of us across the country – whether out of fear, or a resentment of the cost of the implant process – simply put on a brave face when it comes to missing teeth, rather than seek the required dental procedure. Whilst this may seem like a viable option to combating missing teeth, the reality is that if missing teeth are not replaced or dealt with properly, it can lead to a vast array of serious dental and medical issues as a result. One such knock-on, detrimental effect from not seeking treatment for missing teeth, is bone loss. This can have a serious effect on the outward appearance of patients, and happens as the tissue around the jaw and missing tooth is reabsorbed by the body. This can result in the bone density decreasing by up to 25% within the first year of the tooth being missing. This often results in those who are missing teeth appearing far older than their years – which, in turn, can have a serious effect on their self-esteem and social confidence. Another detrimental effect which can come about from not seeking treatment for missing teeth, is that the surrounding teeth within a patient’s mouth becoming disjointed and crooked. This, in turn, can lead to patients needing extensive, and often costly orthodontic work, as well as dental implants.
Bridging the gaps
Those who do seek dental implants, would first have to undertake a consultation period with their dentist. This is done to assess the extent of treatment which is required, as well as their eligibility for dental implant procedures. During this consultation, patients are also made aware of the positive effects that treatment can have on restoring their self-esteem as well as their smile. Thereafter, the initial process of the dental implant procedure consists of a small hole being drilled into the patient’s mouth, within the space where the missing teeth should be – whilst the patient is usually under local anaesthetic. Thereafter, a titanium socket is inserted and left to heal. Titanium is utilised for its unique properties in relation to biocompatibility and its ability to fuse within human bone tissue. Then, after a brief period in which it does exactly that, a replica tooth – or denture – constructed from plastic or porcelain is then fixed in place, and thus the gap is bridged with a ‘good as new’, virtually indistinguishable tooth. Dental implants are far sturdier than crowns or bridges, and last for a considerably longer length of time, as they are fused within the patient’s jawbone as a natural tooth ought to be. As such, those who seek dental implants can find their teeth restored to their full and former glory for years to come, and their ability to tackle life head-on, with a smile on their face, fully restored.