Losing a tooth is up there with losing a dream job or breaking up with a soul mate as many people’s worst nightmare. Whilst it’s true that it is a traumatic experience, it no longer needs to be the end of life as you know it. Dentists now have many ways of replacing missing teeth.
At Smileworks in Liverpool, dental implants are one of the most popular methods of tooth replacements. They have several advantages over other options, and create a permanent solution to tooth loss that, with good aftercare and regular visits to the dental practice, could last for the rest of your life, creating a natural function and alleviating problems caused by loose dentures.
Dentures and bridgework are traditionally used in the tooth replacement process, and the modern versions are very realistic in terms of action and appearance. However, they are not without their issues. Often, for bridges, the dentist has to remove healthy structure from surrounding teeth to facilitate the placement of crowns that support a false tooth in between.
Traditional dentures are prone to developing issues with their fit. This is caused by gradual deterioration and shrinkage of the jaw bone – a common side-effect of multiple tooth loss. Many people don’t realise that it isn’t their dentures that have changed their fit, but the actual structure of their jaw that has altered.
Loose dentures cause a wide range of problems in daily life. These include:
- A diet limited to soft foods or liquids
- Denture sore mouth caused by repeated rubbing on the gums
- Changes to speech, difficulty speaking clearly
- Loss of confidence in social situations
By choosing dental implants, you choose to avoid all of these problems. Implants work by replacing the root portions of missing teeth, forming a natural-like bond with the jaw bone over a period of months.
Because dental implants are made from titanium (used routinely in osteopathic surgical procedures) they encourage the growth of both new bone tissue and blood vessels up around themselves, becoming just as stable as natural tooth roots.
People currently struggling with loose-fitting dentures may opt for denture stabilisation to keep their false teeth secure. Bridgework (containing up to a full arch of teeth) and single crowns can also be used.