More and more people are keeping all or most of their natural teeth for life, but the chances of tooth loss do still increase with age. Tooth loss has many causes, although one of the most common is an ineffective oral hygiene routine, which allows plaque bacteria to build up on your teeth, potentially leading to dental decay and gum disease.
This is why dentists stress a regular routine of brushing and flossing to keep the harmful bacteria and build-up of plaque at bay. It is also important to attend regular appointments with both your dentist and hygienist, because there are often areas that are tricky to reach for efficient cleaning at home.
If not removed regularly, plaque can build up and form tartar, which is much more difficult to remove and carries a higher risk of causing gum disease. Although gum diseases is very common and can be easily managed and treated when caught early, if it is allowed to become severe it can cause your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.
If you have already lost all or several of your teeth, you may currently be struggling with increasingly loose dentures. Dentures are one of the most common treatments for patients who have few or none of their natural teeth remaining, but many people who wear them experience problems with their fit as time passes. Broadway Dental Clinic in Loughton offers an ideal solution to such issues – denture stabilisation with dental implants.
Although traditional dentures come with many great qualities and can provide a sustainable solution for tooth loss, they aren’t a perfect solution, because they only replace the crowns and not the roots of the teeth. In addition to problems with looseness, a lot of people who wear traditional dentures start to see a change in shape of their jaw, which can cause a sunken look in the face.
Denture stabilisation with dental implants addresses the problem of bone loss, because implants are essentially bionic tooth roots. This means they preserve the health of your jaw bone as well as securely fixing your dentures in place.
The dental implant procedure is a relatively simple one from a patient’s perspective. Implants are titanium screws or posts placed directly in your jaw bone in a small operation. They integrate with the bone over the next three-six months, after which your new dentures are attached.