Missing teeth – why and how they should be replaced

A woman embarrassed of tooth decayLosing your teeth may seem like a devastating experience, but it no longer has to be the end of life as you know it. In general as a nation the UK’s dental health is improving – only 6% of us are now edentulous (meaning all the natural teeth are missing). However, if you do lose a tooth you shouldn’t get complacent about it – you should visit a dentist as soon as possible to talk about tooth replacement.

In fact, the quicker you act, the better. Teeth can be lost at any age and for many reasons – accidents, injuries, tooth decay and gum disease can all result in the loss of a tooth. The problem is that if left untreated, one tooth can soon become several missing teeth, which can cause serious issues for your diet, with further knock-on effects for your general health and wellbeing.

Some people are more susceptible to tooth loss – for example, if you have a weakened immune system that increases your risk of gum disease, you are in turn more likely to suffer from missing teeth, and should attend frequent dental check-ups to help to prevent this. Patients who suffer from dental phobia also often only end up in the dental practice when they start losing teeth.

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Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond a range of dental implant treatments as a means of permanently replacing missing teeth. These include the option to have treatment under conscious sedation, which is an excellent way for nervous and phobic patients to take control of their fear and get back to good oral health.

Dental implants replace the roots of one or more missing teeth, helping to keep the jaw bone healthy and strong as well as ensuring that the new teeth attached to them – crowns, dentures, or bridges – stay securely in place and function just like natural teeth.

The fact that implants continue to stimulate the jaw bone means that many of the common problems associated with traditional dentures – increasing looseness that affects what you can eat, impedes your speech and can have serious negative effects on your confidence – are avoided. Instead, you can get back to enjoying life without the fear that your dentures will let you down.