Losing your teeth at any age and for any reason can be an embarrassing and unpleasant experience. Whether it is due to dental decay, gum disease or some kind of trauma as a result of an accident, missing teeth can also cause physiological problems that will lead to further dental damage. When teeth are missing they leave hollows, which are often the ideal place for bacteria to build up and attack other teeth. Vacant spaces in the dental arc also cause other teeth to move about and rotate. This can cause complications to do with bite and alignment, leading to jaw complaints such as TMJ and bruxism. Missing teeth can also result in sagging of the facial tissue, which can be very unattractive and permanent if not addressed in sufficient time.
All of this means Maldon dentists are keen to stress the importance of replacing missing teeth as soon as possible. There are a number of options but by far the most realistic is a dental implant. This comes in the form of a small titanium screw, which is anchored directly into the jawbone to act as a base for an artificial tooth. This means that a dental implant is the only dental substitution that replaces the whole of the tooth from top to bottom.
It is this level of stability and realism that make dental implants the option of choice for many patients keen to restore their teeth to the best possible condition. Dental implants mean that you can eat any food you want without the anxiety that your dental restoration could break. It is also possible to have a series of mini-implants to act as a base for a set of dentures. This will alleviate the anxiety common to many denture wearers that their false teeth are going to fall out. Ask your dentist for more information about dental implants.