10th September 2020
Treating Tooth Loss with Dental Implants
Tooth loss is nothing to be ashamed of. There are lots of reasons why you may have lost a tooth and sometimes, it can happen through no fault of your own. In this post, our Dentists here at our Clapham Common dental practice share the benefits of treating tooth loss and the reasons you may lose a tooth in the first place.
These tiny holes in the teeth are caused by acid and sugars attacking your tooth enamel and the dentine below. Because these outer layers protect the inner pulp of the tooth – a bundle of nerves and tissue – your first sign of a problem might be sensitivity or toothache.
Cavities are usually caused by diet, poor oral hygiene or a combination of the two, and can be identified during a routine check-up with our Clapham Common Dentists.
2. Injury and emergencies
Dental emergencies can happen to the best of us. In a situation where you’ve lost a tooth as a result of trauma, you may need to make use of our Emergency Dentist in London.
Injuries are often caused by sporting accidents (which is why a mouth guard is so important), but sometimes, they can occur through bad habits such as chewing ice or opening bottles with your teeth.
Certain types of illnesses elevate your risk factor for tooth loss, such as diabetes, arthritis and hypertension (high blood pressure). Your Dentist can guide you more on these and your Doctor may also have the advice to help you manage this.
Diet and lifestyle can play a part in tooth loss, for example, if your diet contains lots of sugary or acidic foods, and if you smoke. Smoking affects levels of oxygen in the blood, which can prevent the healing of the gums and can speed up the progression of gum disease. Our Dentists always recommend stopping smoking, where possible.
Poor nutrition can also be a problem, as it can affect your body’s ability to fight infection and contribute to gum and periodontal diseases, which cause tooth loss. It’s important to eat a wide variety of foods including grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and dairy products.
5. Gum disease & periodontal disease
When the gums become inflamed (swollen and red), they may bleed, become sensitive and sore, and, ultimately, become infected. The gums support the teeth, so if this and the underlying bone is lost, the teeth become loose and may fall out.
Treating tooth loss
There are several options for your smile when tooth loss has occurred. Your dentists may be able to carry out dental implant surgery to construct a new tooth for you, or in cases where dental implants aren’t recommended, you may be able to have dentures instead.
What we would usually suggest are our dental implants in London, providing there’s enough gum and bone tissue to anchor the tooth implant, but we’ll only carry out treatment after a consultation. Dental implants in London offer a realistic, long-lasting solution for tooth loss and many people won’t be able to tell you to have a false tooth at all.
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