When your teeth start to fall out it can be an extremely daunting experience. Whether it is just the one tooth or several, if it creates a gap in your smile it can leave you feeling insecure. Many people suffer for years instead of consulting their dentist, but prolonging the wait for treatment can cause additional damage and potentially impact your overall health.
If you think it is time to find out what you can do to replace your missing teeth, speak to your dentist about getting dental implants in St John’s Wood. They will be able to fully assess the condition of your teeth at your consultation appointment and find out what type of treatment will suit your individual situation the most. There are several different types of treatment available for all sorts of problems, both simple and complex.
Natural looking replacement teeth
Tooth implants are not the replacement teeth themselves. Depending on your situation you will require a crown, bridge or denture to be attached to your tooth implants to complete your smile. A small titanium screw is placed into your jawbone, and once this has healed your dental professional will be able to attach the additional appliance. The screw itself is permanent so it provides a strong foundation for the artificial teeth to attach to, making them appear and feel as natural as your original teeth. You will not need to worry about a tooth coming loose or wobbly dentures, and this will give you the confidence to eat and smile in public the way you want to.
If you have a single gap that needs to be filled, it is likely that your practitioner will provide you with a crown. These can be matched to your tooth colour and are made to feel like your original tooth. If you are missing a few teeth either next to each other or on either side of a tooth, your dental professional is likely to recommend a bridge or partial denture. If you wish to replace a full set of teeth you can get a full set of dentures. When you are replacing a full set of teeth you do not need to have a screw inserted into your jaw for every missing tooth. You can restore a full set of teeth with as little as four screws.
Taking care of your new teeth
After your treatment is complete it is important to take care of your artificial teeth so they last you for as long as possible. If you take proper care of your new teeth, they could last for up to twenty years. You should adopt the same brushing routines with your new teeth as you had with your original ones. This means brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day. It is recommended that you do this first thing in the morning before breakfast, and last thing at night before bed. Using a mouthwash and flossing is also important, as it will help to prevent plaque build-up around your tooth implants.
Regular visits to your dental practice for check-ups and a professional clean will also be recommended as this will allow a dental practitioner to ensure that your teeth are in good health and that you have no underlying problems or causes for concern. If you ever experience pain around a tooth or your gums appear swollen, you should see your dental practitioner as soon as possible so they can carry out an examination to find out what is causing your discomfort.