Losing a tooth, or several teeth can happen no matter how much care and attention someone pays to looking after their oral health and hygiene needs. The biggest cause of tooth loss occurs by accident and is not caused by bad oral hygiene or health as many people think. However, it should be stated that having low standards of oral health and hygiene can still be contributing factors that may lead to someone losing teeth.
Road and sporting accidents, along with other accidents that happen within the home environment can often cause sudden tooth loss that stays with a patient longer than the initial impact of the accident, leaving an impression upon someone’s mouth that is almost irreversible.
Many patients who suffer tooth loss start to look for a way to replace the teeth they have lost; this leads to them investigating oral devices such as bridges or dentures in cases of extreme or total tooth loss. While these devices may provide some relief from tooth loss, they do come with their own set of challenges and tend not to offer the permanent solution that many are seeking.
Dental implants, Nottingham, may represent the solution that many people with tooth loss are looking for, as they can provide a one-time treatment that is often permanent and fixed in place, giving the patient replacement teeth that are hard wearing and that feel just like having their own natural teeth.
Replacing the teeth
The process of replacing a tooth begins by inserting a titanium screw into the jawbone of a patient, this screw is strong enough to stand the test of time and helps to create a strong foundation for the patient’s new tooth to be attached to and held firmly in place. The tooth is then created from a strong ceramic crown that is shaped and coloured to allow it to blend in with any remaining teeth.
Once in place, an implant can be used in exactly the same way as a patient’s natural teeth, as they are hard-wearing and with the right care will last the recipient an entire lifetime. Caring for these replacement teeth involves the same daily techniques that many are used to, brushing and flossing, meaning there is no need for a patient to learn a new cleaning routine.
Taking back control
Many people who suffer from tooth loss find they have to make changes to the way they use their mouths, as some of the things they took for granted before the loss have now become difficult and maybe causing some discomfort. One of the main changes that is often made is that within eating habits, as someone may decide they have to avoid tough foods such as nuts or steak.
Replacing the teeth may lead to a person enjoying the foods they have been avoiding once more, giving them a renewed sense of freedom when it comes to the choice of food they eat.
People who have lost teeth at the front of the mouth may try to avoid smiling as a way to cover the fact they have lost teeth. Replacing the lost teeth may be one way to allow these people to smile once more.