Losing a tooth can be a very stressful experience, but thanks to modern dental techniques, tooth replacement options have never been better.
With our modern, busy lifestyles, tooth loss is an issue that we may struggle to resolve, though it is important for our continued dental health that we do. No amount of dental hygiene can avoid accidents that can lead to tooth loss. However dental hygiene is still the most important factor effecting tooth loss. Keeping up with a good oral hygiene routine is key because it reduces the risk of gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Why is it important to seek help promptly?
If you have lost a tooth, it is very important that you see a dentist as soon as possible. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth will begin to move into the space left behind, creating more crevices for harmful bacteria to take root and multiply. Having a missing tooth also puts more pressure on the surrounding teeth when chewing. This can lead to problems with uneven tooth wear.
Modern solutions and UK oral surgery
Modern dentistry has seen a particular treatment growing in popularity in the UK. Oral surgery to fit dental implants provides the closest thing to a natural tooth to replace a missing one. This treatment involves a minor surgical procedure, carried out by the capable hands of specialist dentist Dr Joe Bhat, in which a titanium screw is inserted into your jawbone. This sounds painful, but the whole procedure is done under local anesthesia, so you´ll be kept as comfortable as possible.
Once the titanium screw has settled into the jawbone and healed, a handcrafted crown is attached on top, leaving behind a natural looking and natural feeling tooth.
This type of tooth replacement could potentially last you your entire lifetime, as long as you keep up with a good dental hygiene routine. Brushing 2 or 3 times a day, flossing, and using mouthwash will protect your investment and keep you smiling confidently. A lot of patients, after the healing process is fully complete, report that they can´t tell which tooth is natural and which is false!