The saying, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, is certainly true when it comes to your teeth. It’s very easy to take them for granted as you bite into a crunchy carrot or a crisp apple but once you have lost a tooth or teeth, you realise how difficult it is to eat certain foods. You may also notice that you become self-conscious about speaking or smiling and find yourself avoiding situations where you might have to draw attention to your teeth.
Dentists have been able to restore the appearance and some of the function of missing teeth with bridges and dentures for many years, but they are not the best solution.
The downsides of bridges and dentures
To fit a bridge, it is necessary to cut down the teeth on either side of the gap so crowns can be fixed to them, resulting in 2 or more teeth being effectively lost. Dentures will always become looser over time as the jawbone shrinks. They can also leave you with sore gums and make eating difficult. There is another solution: dental implants. Most dentists, such as at Moor Park Dental in London, recommend dental implants as the most effective solution for treating tooth loss.
Raising the standard in tooth replacement
Although dental implants are the newest way to replace lost teeth, they have been in use since the end of the 1950s. Dentists now regard dental implants as the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. They offer a number of long-term benefits and they can be used in several different ways to replace one, several or all of your teeth.
One of the benefits of dental implants is that once they are fully integrated, you will almost be able to forget that they are there. This means that you can enjoy the freedom of eating, talking and smiling with the same natural confidence that you would with your own teeth. Dental implants can last as long as your natural teeth and should be treated in the same way, with regular brushing and visits to your dentist for check-ups.