Nearly three quarters of British adults are missing at least one tooth. There are a few common reasons for this: sometimes one or more healthy teeth are removed in early adolescence to prevent overcrowding, a tooth may be removed by a dentist because it has become necrotic, and sometimes a tooth can be lost due to trauma - such as a sports injury.
In any of these instances, once the gum tissue has healed, the patient may be left with a gap where there was previously a tooth. Here are 5 reasons why you may wish to replace a missing tooth.
1. A missing tooth can impact self confidence
The gap caused by missing teeth can impact your self-esteem. Patients with missing teeth may cover their mouth when laughing or speaking, or even avoid smiling.
2. The risk of overworking other teeth
Everyday tasks such as chewing food and talking rely on the teeth. When teeth are missing it can mean that the remaining teeth potentially shift position or succumb to wear and tear.
3. The possibility of altered bone structure
The gum and bone in the gap will be differently stimulated; this can lead to a reduction in bone density in the jawbone and the possibility of neighbouring teeth being affected.
4. A return to a full and varied diet
For some with multiple missing teeth, food enjoyment is limited by what they can eat. Implant treatment could open up the world of meal possibilities once again.
5. Some tooth replacement treatments are a long term solution
Different treatments for missing teeth are appropriate depending on the individual patient. When it has been recommended by your dentist, we are specialists at carrying out implant treatments. Dental implants have a 98% success rate and, with due diligence and care, they last a lifetime.
Implants integrate with the surrounding jawbone, replicating the function of a natural tooth root. And form a permanent anchor to which successive crowns can be affixed. In 90% of cases, implants will still be effective 15 years after their insertion.
Implant procedures can be an investment in your oral health, mental wellbeing and quality of life. And when compared to the cost of continuing dental care to remedy the many problems missing teeth could potentially create, the cost is likely to be money well spent.
If you would like to know more about dental implants, please don’t hesitate to call our reception on 01603 632525. We can book you in for a free appointment with our treatment co-ordinator who will explain each step of the procedure.