It’s vital for oral health to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. One lost tooth may not seem like a big deal, but it can have a cascade of negative effects on the body.
In Milton Keynes, dental implants are a great, long-lasting solution to the problem of missing teeth. Whether decay and old age are the cause of tooth loss, or sporting injury or accident, implants restore the function, appearance and health of the teeth.
Why replace a lost tooth?
The body has an amazing intelligence that makes the best use of its resources at all times. When teeth opposite each other are tapping together on a daily basis, the jawbone knows that it is needed there to support these teeth. When a tooth is lost, the jaw no longer receives these taps, so the body resorbs it and uses the nutrients elsewhere. The bone can lose up to 25% of its density in the first year after tooth loss alone.
This can cause the face to sag, giving it a prematurely aged look. This isn’t great for older patients: it’s even worse for younger ones who’ve lost teeth in an accident.
Teeth are also designed to work as a unit. If one is missing it affects them all. It can cause people to favour chewing on one side and therefore wearing teeth on this side down more quickly than the other. This can lead to further tooth loss.
Remaining teeth can also shift around in the jaw and drift into the gap left behind by their missing counterpart, causing them to become loose and even fall out.
How can dental implants in Milton Keynes help?
Implants replace the root of the tooth as the well as the crown. They are the only tooth replacement method to do this. This means that the jaw once again receives the tiny taps through the new root, down into the bone and actually starts to regrow new bone cells and blood vessels. Crowns, dentures and bridges only replace the upper part of the tooth so don’t have this jaw restoring effect.