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Dental Implants can delay signs of ageing

Dental Implants can delay one of the signs of ageing, bone shrinkage

Not only are dental implants the best way to replace missing teeth they can also delay one of the main signs of aging, bone shrinkage.

Dental Implants are small titanium inserts that are placed by an implant dentist into your jaw bone which can be restored with dental crowns, fixed bridges or can support a set of dentures. They look feel and function just like normal teeth allowing you to smile and eat with confidence. If looked after properly with good oral hygiene from regular brushing and flossing, dental implants can last a lifetime making them one of the most effective dental treatments available.

What happens when you lose a tooth?

If a tooth is missing, the jawbone extension that supports it can slowly shrink away. This is a process called restriction, a natural process which occurs due to a loss of stimulation to the jaw bone from forces placed on the teeth. Resorption will cause the supporting bone (the alveolar bone) to shrink in both height and width over time.

As your bone jaw loses density it becomes smaller in size and weaker. Changes in jaw structure have a significant affect on the appearance of your face. Preventing bone shrinkage is important to delay one of the main signs of ageing.
Missing teeth can create gaps causing teeth to drift

As teeth are lost, the remaining teeth surrounding will slowly shift position toward where the tooth was lost. Our teeth naturally move toward the front of our mouths, if there are gaps it allows the teeth to drift in a more detrimental fashion. The drifting of teeth can alter the surrounding gum tissue, producing areas which trap food that’s difficult to remove. The areas which trap food act as a fertile breeding ground for tooth decay and predisposes the teeth to periodontal disease. The movement of teeth will cause changes in your bite (occlusion) and change the physical appearance of your smile.

How can dental implants help?

Dental Implants are essentially artificial tooth roots, the titanium inserts insert into your jaw bone just like a tooth root would. When force is applied to the implant it is enough to stimulate the supporting bone and prevent the supporting bone from shrinking. Dental Implants also “fill the gaps” made by missing teeth, preventing the surrounding teeth from drifting and causing further problems. If you have any questions regarding Dental Implants feel free to contact the Scott Arms Dental Practice on 0121 357 5000. At our Birmingham Dentists we offer free Dental Implant consultations where you’ll receive expert advice from our award winning implant dentists.

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The benefits of implants over dental bridges.

Dental Implants or Dental Bridge?

Both dental implants and bridges are excellent treatment solutions to replace missing teeth and they both have advantages to the patient. However the question is asked time and time again when a dentist has to produce the best treatment plan for their patient, should they use dental implants or use a dental bridge?

Dental implants are more visually attractive

Dental implants generally look better and are easier to clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed(deteriorated) bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. For that reason a dental implant generally looks better than a bridge.

Dental Implants provide a long-term cost effective restorative treatment

Dental implants often last a persons entire life with proper maintenance. Compare this to bridges and dentures which after ten years have a high probability of need for replacement. Implants may actually seem more expensive in the short run, however due to their durability, maintainability, and independence of the teeth surrounding it, they are actually more cost effective. They require less maintenance than ordinary bridges – which can develop caries also known as tooth decay, leading to the replacement of the bridge. However, since dental implants are made of titanium they do not develop caries.

Implants can replace many adjacent missing teeth

Dental implants are implicated when a series of lost teeth including posterior molars must be replaced and there are no surrounding anchor teeth. A standard bridge will normally require healthy and sound surrounding teeth for its long-term use. In many ways, the dental implant can be considered to be similar to the healthy root of a tooth. Implants can support one particular artificial tooth or crown, a bridge or denture and can be used in combination with several implants to form the base for a full mouth bridge reconstruction.

Dental Implants encourage bone growth & preserve facial structure

Dental implants stimulate healthy bone growth and preserve oral health contrary to conventional bridges due to the exercising of the jaw bone and constant biting action. When teeth are lost the surrounding bone begins to shrink. Dental implants maintain the structure and shape of the jaw bone. Most implants preserve the underlying jawbone and for that reason preserve the overlying facial structures, preventing the shape and facial structures from collapsing – delaying one of the signs of aging.

Dental implants are easier to maintain & do not foster decay or gum disease

Dental implants are easier to maintain in most cases. You can floss around them without a bridge threader or other specialized tools. With a dental bridge, there may be a higher risk of problems down the road. If, for example, there is new decay around one of the surrounding teeth, you might need a complete new bridge instead of just having to repair the one tooth.

After considering a bridge vs dental implants and taking all the factors into account – it is clear the dental implants solution is preferable. Even though the initial price is higher, in the long run it is actually a more cost effective alternative, given that they look better, preserve bone structure, are stronger and more durable, and are more resistant to decay. However, you should consider a conventional bridge if your bone structure is lacking and do not want to undergo bonegrafting. Contact the Scott Arms Dental Practice today on 0121 357 5000 to book a free implant assessment and find out exactly how dental implants can help you.

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My Tooth has been knocked out, what can I do?

Knocked out tooth - Replace a missing tooth with a Dentist Birmingham

Having a tooth knocked out from an accident or injury can be a traumatic experience. Having an unwanted gap in your smile can lower self-esteem and have a huge impact on your mental health. But it’s not the end of the world, there are several ways to replace a missing tooth that will leave your smile looking just as good (or even better) than before!

In America there are over 5 million knocked out teeth (avulsed teeth) each year. When a child loses their milk teeth, it’s best just to stop the bleeding and wait for the new adult teeth to grow through. However it’s a different story when your adult tooth has been knocked out as you’re not going to grow a replacement.

Saving your knocked-out tooth

The tooth can still be saved if you get it to a dentist on time. If the tooth is fractured/broken it’s likely that it can’t be re-implanted but still take it to your dentist anyway to check. If the tooth is still intact, you need to get to a dentist as soon as possible as its likely that the tooth can be put back into your mouth and saved. As time goes by however, the chance of this procedure succeeding drops dramatically after an hour.

Whilst you wait to see a dentist, it’s important to look after your missing tooth. Avoid touching the root and if it’s still connected to your mouth try not remove it. It is important that you avoid cleaning the tooth. The best way to look after it is it put the tooth back into its empty socket. If this is not an option store the tooth in your cheek or in a glass of milk. The tooth has a higher chance of successful re-implantation if you keep it in an environment similar to its natural one.

Your dentist will clean the tooth socket and flush out any debris before re-implanting the original tooth. The tooth will then be supported using a splint to keep it stable, this will allow the tooth to reattach over time, a process which could take weeks.

Replacing a Missing Tooth

If the tooth cannot be re-implanted you don’t have to settle with a missing tooth. There are many cosmetic options to replace missing teeth, such as removable dentures and a fixed bridge. The most popular (and best way) to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. Dental Implants look feel and function just like a normal tooth, and if looked after correctly can last a lifetime. Dental Implants involve inserting a titanium fixture into the jaw where the missing root used to be. This implant can then be restored with a crown that looks exactly like your other teeth, matching and completing the rest of your smile.

Preventing Knocked Out Teeth

We recommend to all our patients involved in sporting activities to get a professionally fit mouth guard to prevent the occurrence of dental trauma and knocked out teeth. A bespoke gum shield will be created for you based on an impression taken of your teeth, giving you a mouth guard that fits around the teeth and offers significant protection for your teeth.

If you have recently lost a tooth or are looking to replace a missing tooth please contact the Scott Arms Dental Practice on 0121 357 5000 our Emergency helpline is available until 11pm week nights and 24 hours on Friday & Saturday into Sunday.

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