A whole lot of problems
Those who suffer from missing teeth can face a multitude of problems both socially and dentally. Having missing teeth is not just detrimental to the overall dental well-being of a person, but can often lead to a large degree of social pressure and discontent. This, in turn, can lead to a mounting degree of social anxiety and pave the way for feelings of stress and self-consciousness. It is for this reason that a rising amount of people are seeking out information on dental implants in Herefordshire, to restore both their smiles, and their self-esteem.
Putting on a brave face
It is estimated that a staggering 27 million adults across the UK suffer from an untreated missing tooth. Whilst it may be the British mantra of ‘stiff upper lip’ that prevails, and the majority of those living with missing teeth may wish to simply put on a brave face, they are perhaps not aware of the massively detrimental effects that having a missing tooth can have. One of the most predominant, and outwardly obvious, of these issues which can arise from having a missing tooth which is not dealt with properly, is bone loss. This is when the bone tissue around the affected tooth is eventually reabsorbed by the body, which results in the bone density of the patient’s jaw visibly reducing – often by as much as 25%. The results of this bone loss are generally the patient appearing visibly older, as their entire facial structure has been altered by the bone loss, and often to a degree that their faces look far older than their years.
Another common detrimental effect of having a missing tooth which is not properly dealt with, is the subsequent displacement of all the patient’s surrounding teeth. Although it may not be instantaneously evident, having a missing tooth which is not properly dealt with can often result in the remaining teeth becoming out of place and crooked. This, in turn, can lead to the patient needing additional, and often costly, orthodontic work to realign their remaining teeth to their correct specifications, to avoid an overbite or speech issues. Speech issues are another more obvious negative effect that having teeth which are missing can have. Often, those who are missing teeth can find their pronunciation of certain words or phrases impeded, which, in turn, can have a serious knock-on effect on their self confidence.
Filling in the gaps
It is for these reasons, and others, that a rising amount of people across the UK are seeking dental implant treatment. The initial stage of the dental implant procedure consists of a consultation between the patient and a trusted dental practitioner. During this consultation, the eligibility of the patient is assessed, and the positive results of any treatment highlighted. Thereafter, if the patient chooses, the procedure would begin at a following appointment. This would start with a small hole being drilled into the jawbone of the patient’s mouth, in the space where their missing tooth or teeth ought to be. Following from this, a titanium socket would then be inserted into the hole, and left to heal. Titanium is utilised for its unique qualities of biocompatibility, and its ability to fuse with human bone tissue. After a brief period during which it does exactly that, a replica tooth, or denture, constructed from porcelain or plastic, is then screwed into the socket, and thus the gap is bridged with a good-as-new virtually indistinguishable, sturdy new tooth which will keep a patient smiling for years to come.