People lose teeth all the time and there is no way of knowing when an accident may occur—but thankfully there are many options for those that have lost teeth.
There are many different ways people can lose teeth, from fighting or playing sport to suffering from decay or gum disease or being involved in an accident.
It is always advisable to replace missing teeth because gaps in the teeth have far-reaching implications. Missing teeth impair the function of the mouth, affecting the ability to speak and eat properly, and they also affect the aesthetics of the smile, which has consequences for confidence and self-esteem. Missing teeth also cause difficulties for the remaining teeth, as the neighbouring teeth often start to move to compensate for the gaps. It is also difficult to clean gaps, which increases the risk of oral diseases.
Crowns and bridges may be used to strengthen or replace teeth. Crowns are used to replace the top section of a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed, while a bridge may be used to replace a tooth that has been extracted or lost. The bridge contains a false tooth which is attached to crowns. The tooth is coloured and shaped to blend in with the natural teeth and a bridge can last for many years.
Dentures are effectively sets of false teeth, which can be used to replace a full set of teeth or a smaller number of teeth. Often, dentures are held in place by the natural suction of the gums and, nowadays, they are very light, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
Dental implants are a relatively new treatment. They are screw-shaped titanium devices which are fixed into pre-drilled sockets in the jaw bone. At the time when the implant is integrated into the bone tissue, a crown, denture or bridge can be attached. The implant holds the restoration in place, restoring the function of the mouth and creating a natural, attractive smile. For more information on missing teeth treatment contact the team at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Hanwell for more information.
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
Monday to Friday:
8.30am – 5.00pm
By appointment only.