There’s an incredible range of techniques and products around to replace missing teeth in Surbiton these days; implants and bridges are in vogue right now as they are considered to be more desirable than dentures. But have you seen the dentures around today? Long gone is the imagery associated with them; they too have taken a leap into the 21st century, being made from far more flexible materials and more natural looking ‘teeth’- once in, they are hard to separate from the real thing. Modern dentists will resist the urge to ‘pull’ all of the teeth, as before, which means that where possible, partial dentures can be fitted. These come in many shapes and sizes, but essentially, they fit so true and firm around the remaining teeth, they allow a freedom similar to that of having a full set of teeth. But even if all the teeth have been lost, full dentures too are in a world of their own compared to the dark ages. Again, modern dentures fit the mouth far better than they ever did, thanks to the development of new, softer materials that adhere to the mouth far better than before, almost to the point that adhesives are almost unnecessary. Mini- implants have also been godsend to denture wearers. They can be located into the jaw within a couple of hours and once the dentures have been modified, they simply click onto the implants, locking them over the gums. Dentures now give you freedom, not imprison you.
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Even the less vain among us in Kingston-Upon-Thames would have to admit that the thought of losing all our teeth and having to be fitted with dentures, would come not only as terrible shock, but would mean a complete lifestyle change as well. Coupled with the stigma that dentures bring, it could have a terrible, psychological ‘one foot in the grave’ affect on most of us. Yes, dentures do mean a lifestyle change to some degree, but having them fitted can also improve lifestyle incredibly. Our fore fathers would be in awe of the way dentures are used nowadays. Not only are dentures useful for retaining the shape of the face and the health of the mouth and jaws, but they do allow us to, pretty much, carry on as normal. Dentures and what the materials they are manufactured from have become more refined, as has the way of way they are retained in the mouth- one of the greatest fears for anyone that wears them. Fix-a-dents and mini implants ensure that they stay put, allowing even the toughest of steaks to be tackled in a restaurant. Dental procedures in the past would advocate the removal of all teeth at the first sign of any serious gum disease, but that philosophy has died a death. Most dentists are against a complete removal of teeth, trying to retain at least some, so that partial dentures have an extra anchor to attach themselves to, thus allowing the wearer more freedom.
Having a tooth knocked out cannot only be a painful experience but it can also be the cause of long term emotional issues. Patients with missing teeth are often very embarrassed and reluctant to smile. Similarly, patients who have lost teeth to dental problems such as decay can suffer self-confidence and esteem issues. There are several options to replace missing teeth such as partial dentures and dental bridges, but one of the most popular is a dental implant. Patients like dental implants because they provide a feeling of permanency that closely represents a real tooth.
There are also physiological reasons as well as emotional ones why it is important to replace the tooth with a solid substitute. Because teeth act as rigid supports for facial muscles, if one is missing it can lead to a sagging of facial tissues. Existing teeth will be naturally inclined to lean into the gap left by a tooth which can cause uncomfortable alterations in bite and profile that are extremely difficult to reverse. A dental implant is the most sturdy alternative to a real tooth and can prevent any kind of unwanted facial alteration.
The actual implant is in the form of a small cylindrical screw, usually made of titanium or similar strong, lightweight metal suitable for use in the body. This is attached directly into the jawbone to act as an anchor for the artificial tooth. After this has been implanted it is usually left for a few weeks to allow it to fuse with the bone and gum in a process called osseointergration. Once this has happened a post will be attached to the screw and then finally the crown.
The implant being anchored into the jawbone gives a dental implant that extra stability that bonding and bridges do not have. The extra stability can be very reassuring for patients who are concerned about other dental appliances falling out. In fact, mini implants can also be used to secure dentures by using snap on/snap off metal clips. Because dental implants are so strong they do not prohibit the eating of certain foods which other artificial dental appliances can.
If you have a missing tooth or an existing dental appliance that needs fixing, make an appointment to see a Worcester Park dentist. The dentist will be able to assess your jawbone to see if it is strong enough to maintain a dental implant.