Teeth can be lost in several different ways. As they are quite brittle, teeth can often be knocked-out or broken, which can usually occur during a fall, or in a sporting injury. Teeth are also an organic component, which means that they are subject to disease and decay, which may be another reason why your teeth are missing. At Crofts Dental Practice, we understand entirely the trauma and discomfort over losing your teeth, and want to approach the situation quickly and professionally, while keeping your well-being in mind.
If your teeth have been missing for a while, then it is important to address them as soon as possible. We will fix both teeth that have been lost that day, to teeth that have been missing for years, using the same approach. However, teeth that have been missing for a while can pose a risk to your oral health, as your jaw and bite can be misaligned. This can mean that your other teeth, that are otherwise healthy, can become eroded and therefore damaged,due to your missing tooth, which can result in sensitive teeth, and a greater risk of cavities.
Replacing teeth that are missing
There are many ways to replace a tooth that has been missing, as it all depends on the location of the tooth, the extent to which it is missing, and how many other teeth are missing alongside it. For example, if you have suffered from periodontal disease, and all your teeth are missing, then dentures may be appropriate for you. If a row of teeth are missing, then a bridge may be suitable. For a single tooth, a crown or a dental implant may be the best option.
Dental implants in Essex
A dental implant is an extremely advanced procedure, and considered one of the most effective ways to replace a tooth that is missing. A dental implant is essentially a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone, effectively to replicate the root of the tooth. This treatment can be done if the entire tooth is missing, and therefore needs a full replacement. If you are looking for dental implants in Essex, then Crofts Dental Practice will be able to provide you with this treatment.
Things to consider with this treatment
If you are considering dental implants in Essex, then it is crucial that you consider all the pros and cons of the treatment, before going ahead with it. Implants are a permanent fixture, as they are fused with the jawbone, so they cannot be removed. This is a positive, as it makes them extremely strong, however may not be desirable for some people.
As implants require an extremely advanced procedure, and take a long time, they can be expensive. This can be a deterrent for some people, however due to how permanent they are, they are often considered an investment, as they will rarely need a replacement, making them surprisingly cost effective. If you are interested in dental implants in Essex, then come and speak to us, and we will be able to guide you through the process.