Preventing tooth loss and replacing missing teeth with our dentist in Clapham
Tooth loss occurs as a result of many different reasons. One of the major causes of missing teeth is poor dental hygiene. This occurs when not looking after your teeth properly at home and by avoiding the dentist.
To maintain good dental hygiene you need to be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once, using a suitable mouthwash to remove lingering food particles and bacteria. You should be visiting the dentist and hygienist at least once every six months or more often if possible. This is the first step to enjoying good dental health and maintaining your teeth for the rest of your life.
Next, it is very important that you maintain a healthy diet. There are many foods and drinks that are harmful for your teeth, especially those that are full of sugars. Sugar in your food and drink causes bacteria to release dangerous acids, which weaken the enamel and create holes in the teeth known as cavities. Cavities result in tooth decay and this can be irreversible and result in missing teeth. Sugar in your food and drink also attracts the bacteria that are responsible for gum disease. Gum disease can cause your gums to recede away from your teeth and allow bacteria to destroy the protective tissues that hold your teeth in place. Eventually gum disease can also cause irreversible damage and result in missing teeth.
Replacing missing teeth
If you have lost a tooth either as a result of poor dental hygiene, poor diet or poor lifestyle, then you need to speak to our dentist in Clapham and find out about replacing your missing tooth. A single missing tooth quickly results in multiple missing teeth, especially with patients who are affected by gum disease, so it is very important that you visit our dentist in Clapham sooner rather than later so that your tooth can be replaced and we can help save your remaining teeth. We will have to treat any remaining cavities, tooth decay or gum disease. We will guide you on how to improve your diet and lifestyle. You will need to improve your dental hygiene as well as your diet and make better lifestyle choices to help yourself, so that we can help you too.
One of the most popular methods of replacing missing teeth is with dental implants. Our dentist in Clapham is a specialist in dental implants. With extensive experience in restoring missing teeth with dental implants our dentist will put together an individually tailored treatment plan for you. Our dentist will be able to decide how many implants you need to replace your absent teeth, how to position the implants, when to carry out the surgery, what size implants you will need, and when they are ready to be fitted with your choice of tooth replacement. These factors vary from patient to patient and we will make sure that we help you achieve optimal results.
The success rate for dental implants is very high and by following our guidelines, and looking after your teeth carefully, your dental implants can last for the rest of your life.