Replacing Missing Teeth: The Why and the How of Tooth Replacement

Posted on Aug 9 2016 - 3:55am by Admin

Procedures of Tooth ReplacementTooth loss is upsetting and damaging to body image and self-esteem. Any dentist will tell you that missing teeth should always be replaced, and the reasons for this are about more than just aesthetics. Even one missing tooth can cause serious problems, and should be addressed immediately after tooth loss occurs.

Dental Care Partnership in Sutton Coldfield offers permanent tooth replacement using dental implants. These small titanium posts or screws replace the root portions of any lost teeth, and produce the most realistic solution in terms of action and appearance.

Dental implants aren’t replacement teeth, but artificial tooth roots. They are placed directly into the jaw bone – often into the sockets left by extracted teeth – and are combined with dental prosthetics, either dentures, crowns, or an implant-retained dental bridge.

One of the key elements to remember about dental implants is that they are the only way to replace the tooth roots. This isn’t just important to keeping your teeth in your mouth, it also helps to prevent the jaw bone shrinking. A resorbing jaw bone is the primary cause of loose-fitting dentures, which causes problems with eating a nutritious diet, with speaking, and with confidence.

Whilst the thought of elective oral surgery can raise questions for some people, the placement of implants is actually a relatively minor procedure from the point of view of the patient. The implant surgeon will undertake meticulous planning beforehand, helped by the latest 3D computer software, to ensure implants are placed in exactly the right position and at the best angle to support the required number of teeth, and to withstand the forces of biting and chewing.

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Indeed, many implant patients report that it is a much more bearable experience than having a tooth extraction. Most people need only local anaesthetic for implant placement, although many dental practices also offer sedation for nervous patients.

The benefits of dental implants are manifold. Not only will you be able to eat whatever you like once more, to speak and to smile with confidence, but your jaw bone will also remain healthy and strong, avoiding the sagging appearance of many traditional denture wearers.