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When Should I Get Dental Implants?

If you’re presently experiencing one or more missing teeth, you’ll know just how it can have an impact on your life. You might for instance be trying to hide your smile for fear of embarrassment or instead are having difficulty in chewing certain foods that you once enjoyed. For these reasons alone you may decide that it’s high time that you did something about it. However there’s also another reason that you might want to consider. The problems associated with any form of tooth loss aren’t going to go away unless something is done permanently. This is why many people seek dental implants in Richmond.


The problem with missing teeth are that the longer you leave them, the more the likelihood of causing further damage to other teeth. In fact just one missing tooth can kick-start a chain of events that can affect the whole mouth. Let’s take a look.


Bone loss

Firstly when a tooth is missing the bone tissue that once supported the tooth root is no longer stimulated. As a result (and like any muscle when it isn’t used) it starts to waste away. Bone loss or bone resportion is ongoing and will continue. As such it can eventually undermine other adjacent healthy teeth. The problem is that bone loss can’t be halted by tooth replacement methods such as dentures and this is why your once snug-fitting dentures regularly have to be adjusted. The only way to stop bone resorption is by undergoing surgery for a dental implant. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we’ve seen many patients with severe bone loss and the good news is that titanium implants when secured into the jaw line, have the ability to attract bone tissue. As a result the remaining natural bone tissue starts to merge and fuse with it, thus halting bone resorption once and for all.


Migrating teeth

At the same time that bone loss occurs, the remaining healthy teeth will start to shift (or migrate) towards the gap causing a misalignment. This in turn can lead to bite problems and difficulties in cleaning and accessibility and may equate to poor oral maintenance and even more problem teeth. Dental implants are free-standing, so they don’t rely on the support of any other healthy teeth. Once secured into the jaw line they not only ‘plug’ the gap, putting an end to tooth migration, but they’ll look, feel, and even act just like your normal teeth, giving a person back their confidence.


It is possible to replace one or more teeth with dental implants in Richmond but the longer you wait, the more damage can be done and this means the more expensive it’s going to be. So if you’ve recently experienced a missing tooth, then the time to act is now! Contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk and book your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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