Dental implants after tooth decay or gum disease with our dentist in Clapham
Missing teeth are more common than you think, however this does not mean that the situation is easy to deal with. If you have lost a tooth then it is likely that you are worried, embarrassed, and uncomfortable, but you will be pleased to know that you are not alone. There are many different methods of replacing missing teeth, however nothing will be as good as the real thing, so it is important that you look after your dentition and try to maintain your natural teeth for the whole of your life.
Tooth decay and gum disease
Tooth decay and gum disease are the major causes of missing teeth. They can both be avoided if you look after your teeth properly. If you do not visit the dentist on a regular basis and if you neglect your dental hygiene at home, then this can cause tooth decay and gum disease. If you look after your teeth, maintain a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle and visit the dentist regularly, then you will enjoy healthy teeth and gums, and your teeth should last for the rest of your life.
Tooth decay and gum disease occur because plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth and creates a sticky layer which consists of millions of bacteria. These bacteria are both good and harmful at the same time. When harmful bacteria become dominant, they will release acids and toxins which damage your teeth and gums.
Gum disease is very common and most people are affected by gum disease at least once in their life. Toxins released by the bacteria cause the gums to become red, swollen and sensitive. One of the first signs of gum disease is if you notice your gums bleeding when you brush your teeth. You may also notice that you are suffering from bad breath. This can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. It is essential that you visit your dentist if you notice any such signs to avoid tooth loss. If gum disease is left untreated then you can eventually lose your teeth. With gum disease you may find that you lose your teeth in quick succession. Therefore, if one tooth becomes wobbly or falls out, or you require a tooth extraction, then this needs to be addressed immediately.
You need to speak to our dentist in Clapham, who is a specialist in replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are the most effective method of tooth replacement. They have been used for over 60 years and have an excellent success rate. In fact studies have reported a 90 to 95% success rate for dental implants over a period of 10 years. This is why they are a preferred option for tooth replacement with our dentist in Clapham. If you look after your teeth very carefully and visit the dental practice on a regular basis, then your dental implants should last for the rest of your life. Dental implants can be fitted with a crown or a set of dentures, depending on your individual dental requirements. Our dentist in Clapham will put together a tailored treatment plan for you. You need to book an appointment sooner rather than later, the longer that you wait the more difficult it can be to replace your missing teeth. The process will be lengthier, and your options may become more restricted.
Speak to our dentist immediately to find out more about replacing missing teeth.