As we age, lots of different factors can affect the health of our teeth and gums. Many people experience tooth loss, which for some is incredibly distressing, and for others an inconvenience, especially if they feel it is out of sight at the back of their mouth. There are always long term consequences of losing a tooth; over time it affects your other teeth and can affect your jaw and your bite.
When a tooth root is lost, the surrounding bone is no longer needed and can shrink significantly over time. Gradually this can cause premature ageing in the face, as the cheeks hollow out and the lower jaw recedes, leaving what is known as a witch’s chin. There is also additional strain on the teeth either side of the gap, as they have to work harder during eating to bite or chew food, which could lead to damage or loss of the teeth in the future. Our team always want to give you the best advice and support when it comes to your dental health, but also emotional and financial well being – this means looking at your current situation and into the future.
When it comes to the implant treatment, we will always prioritise your comfort, so will gently administer a local anaesthetic or even some sedation if you feel particulary anxious or worried about the process. A small, safe titanium post is then placed into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth. This will act as a secure ‘root’ once the implanted post has fused to your jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration. The area is then stitched up so the jaw bone is able to fully bind to the implant and hold it firm.
Once the implant has healed, your dentist will take detailed impressions of your teeth and gums. They will also match the colour of the surrounding teeth so your new implant tooth will look completely natural. The results are then sent to a dental laboratory so they can make your new tooth, which will then be securely attached to the healed titanium ‘root’.
To help make sure your new implant stays as clean and healthy as possible, we would recommend you visit us for regular hygiene therapy appointments. Our hygienists will help you understand the best way to look after and clean your new implant and the rest of your teeth, mouth and gums, so you can have the best oral health now and in the future.