For anybody who has lost a tooth from either decay or head trauma, they will tell you that not only can it be a painful experience but that it can also be very embarrassing. Missing teeth are very difficult to disguise and are easily noticeable. This can often be the cause of a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence. It is also important to remember however, that missing teeth can be the source of ongoing dental complications.
When a tooth falls or is knocked out it leaves a space in the dental arc. This space encourages the remaining teeth to move about and lean. This can cause interruptions in the way the top and bottom teeth sit together, known commonly as the bite. This can lead to painful jaw conditions called TMJs and also to subconscious and irritated teeth grinding called bruxism. Both of these conditions can be painful and require long-term dental treatment.
Missing teeth can also cause the facial tissue to sag giving a sunken impression that makes the patient look much older. If not remedied, this tissue sagging may become permanent.
It is therefore very important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Some of the options for replacing missing teeth are dental bridges and partial dentures. One of the most popular kinds of artificial teeth replacement is a dental implant. These come in the form of screws that are actually implanted into the jawbone and act as anchors for crowns. Because they are attached to the bone they are sturdier than other forms of dental substitutes and most closely resemble real teeth.
Dental implants take two or three visits to the dentist to fit, depending on the strength of the jaw. The initial implant will be fitted and then left for several weeks to fuse with the bone and gum tissue in a process called osseointergration. Once set, the dentist will then attach a post and crown to complete the implant. It is also possible to fit a series of mini-implants for patients who require dentures.
Dental implants are fast becoming the option of choice for both dentists and patients because of the level of realism that they provide. If you are suffering from a missing tooth or teeth, make an appointment with the dentist and ask about dental implants. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation.