While patients often do all they can to avoid tooth loss, it can sometimes occur nonetheless. Even with good dental hygiene routines, accidents happen, which can result in a tooth or teeth being knocked out. In other cases, it is poor dental health is to blame. Whichever the case, the consequences of tooth loss are not something today’s patients need to put up with, thanks to dental implants in Manchester. Available at practices across Manchester, including at Smylife, dental implants provide a long-term solution to missing teeth.
What causes tooth loss?
There are lots of reasons for losing teeth. As we age teeth become more likely to come loose due to the gums naturally receding. Other than the inevitable fact of aging, looking after the teeth consistently is the most important factor in preventing tooth loss. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing and using anti-bacterial mouthwash will prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria. Without such diligent care, the bacteria in plaque and tartar can increase the chances of developing gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK.
Long-lasting protection with dental implants in Manchester
Dental implants offer the most stable and durable treatment for lost teeth; more so than traditional dentures or bridges.
The treatment involves a minor surgical procedure in which a titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone. Given adequate healing time, this screw integrates with the jawbone to create a stable anchor. This is made possible because the titanium from which the dental implant is made encourages the growth of new bone around it. A handcrafted crown or bridge can then be attached to the screw, leaving behind natural looking and feeling replacement teeth. The stability provided by dental implants means patients can enjoy a variety of foods, which they may have avoided when wearing traditional dentures.
Dental implants provide stimulation to the jawbone, acting as artificial tooth roots and mimicking the stimulation once provided by the lost teeth. This is what prevents jawbone degeneration and so helps protect the remaining natural teeth within the mouth. It also comes with the cosmetic benefit of preventing that sunken-cheeked appearance common in denture wearers.