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What are the causes of tooth loss?

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Tooth loss can have a permanent effect on not only the aesthetics of your smile, but the function of your mouth and can affect your self-confidence and esteem. There are many causes of tooth loss, some unavoidable, but some which can easily be prevented by good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with us at The Garden Dental Practice. Periodontal disease, diseases affecting your gums, from gingivitis to periodontitis, are a major cause of tooth loss. Other causes include cavities and tooth decay, physical injuries, or accidents and trauma and other underlying health conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. If you have been affected by tooth loss, speak to your dentist about dental implants Golders Green today.

What are dental implants

There are different treatments available for missing teeth and dental implants Golders Green have been found to be an increasingly common choice of treatment for tooth loss. Dental implants can be described as small metal posts which replace tooth roots. They are a permanent fixture, designed to fuse with your bone, providing a strong support for replacement teeth following tooth loss, and can replicate your natural dentition. Find out more about dental implants Golders Green by speaking to your dentist today.

How are dental implants fitted?

Following a consultation with our dentist, an individually tailored treatment plan will be designed with you to address your specific needs. Dental implants are composed of titanium. The implant is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth and when the surrounding bone will heal it will grow around the dental implant securing it permanently into the jawbone. It may require up to 12 weeks from when the implant has been inserted for it to become permanently fused to the bone. Once this has occurred successfully, a small connector post, known as an abutment, is attached to the implant which is designed to hold the new tooth securely in place. The new tooth is developed by making an impression of your existing teeth and using this model to design a crown that will match your natural existing teeth. The crown is then securely fixed to the abutment. Removable dentures can also be used on dental implants instead of multiple crowns, depending on your individual needs. Your comfort and ease are always a priority with us at The Garden Dental Practice, and local anaesthesia is used for such procedures ensuring as little discomfort as possible during the procedure.

The advantages of dental implants

There are many advantages of dental implants including the improved aesthetics of your mouth. As they fuse with your bone they look and feel like your own dentition providing comfort and confidence at the same time. They improve the feel of your mouth which may have been lost due to tooth loss and also enable easier eating where tooth loss may have made chewing difficult. Dental implants also improve your oral health in general as nearby surrounding teeth and dental structure do not need to be altered to insert the implant therefore your natural dentition stays in place and the longevity is enhanced by the overall positive impact of the implant itself. Speak to us at The Garden Dental Practice about dental implants today and find out what positivity we can bring to your smile!

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